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Permaculture Brings Hope…before and after images!

This is one of my very favorite blogs. Full of spirit, hard work, and nature. A wonderful example of having one’s body truly in synch with nature…

Bealtaine Cottage ~ The Oldest, Independent, Permaculture Smallholding in Ireland! Conceived, Designed, Planted and Worked by One Woman!

It’s been almost nine years since I began planting this smallholding in the west of Ireland. Before permaculture. Bealtaine CottageMany of you are familiar with the landscape as it looked then.

The picture above shows Bealtaine Cottage after a lot of cutting and clearing, around the time that the planting began. June 2011 permaculture cottage 021

This picture shows the same view today.

As you can see, the cottage is obscured…melting into the gardens of intense production.

Bealtaine Cottage before and after

The lonely, abandoned cottage on the first day I saw it.

Bealtaine Cottage driveway

Disappeared into the Permaculture Gardens of Bealtaine Cottage…nine years of planting by one woman and a spade!

Installin permaculture pond at Bealtaine CottageThis picture shows the Bog Garden after the first pond was created and the surrounding land cleaned up for planting.

Photographs taken at the time depict a barren looking, rushy, wet landscape that offered little hope or sanctuary for gardeners, growers, wildlife or Nature.

Permaculture Cottage July 2011 016The same view down to the pond is obscured…

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My blog is meant to be a big mixing bowl of inspiration. Of things that make life juicy. Love. Family, Soul Searching. Healing. Plenty of wine. Spirit. And a healthy dose of goofiness. Me - Acupuncturist, Anthropologist, world traveler, wife, mother of two, working hard and trying to remember the key to everything is a childlike enthusiasm and sense of fun. That's what makes the journey worthwhile!

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