Hello and welcome to The Compost Bin. I'm Compostwoman and I live with my family in rural Herefordshire. We have nearly four acres of garden and woodland, all managed organically, which we share with Chickens, Cats, Guinea Pigs and assorted wildlife. We also grow a lot of our own food, run courses in all sorts of things and make a lot of compost!

I work as an environmental educator, writer and Forest School leader at Moors Wood . I am a Master Composter and spent 10 years as a volunteer Community Compost adviser with Garden Organic and my local Council. I offer talks and run workshops and events where we talk about compost, veg growing, chicken keeping, cooking, preserving and sustainable living. We also make crafts and have fun.

We try to live a more self sufficient lifestyle here, as best we can, while still having a comfortable life and lots of fun. To learn more about us click on the About Compostwoman tab and remember to click on the photos to make them full size!


Sunday, 21 August 2016

Wales Day 2


This was the evening meal we had in our hotel in Solva :) Was excellent :)


Sat morning, very stormy, Solva harbour


Very high tide!



We went to see a friend and then drove up the coast, stopping at St David's, before getting to our hotel for the next few days. Very nice room and very friendly people running the hotel :)




Wales, Day 3


Today we went to Castell Henllys



Compostgirl decided to have a go at the sensory trail :)





Then needed to wash her feet! Fortunately there was a handy ( or should that read footy?) stream




Me, by the Sacred Spring



We made some crowns


Compostgirl by the offerings people leave at the Sacred Spring.



The top of the hill and the  reconstructed Iron Age roundhouses.


 It came on to rain so we sheltered inside one and had a lovely chat to another couple.


There is now an excellent visitor center at the site where we had a yummy lunch and bought some things from the shop.



Afterwards, it was really raining hard but we decided to carry on to Llangranog, to the beach.



My paternal family come from here and I spent many happy days on this beach as a small child.










It was very very wet and windy, but we had fun!




Friday, 19 August 2016

Holiday in Wales. Day 1


So at the end of August Compostgirl and I went off for a long weekend in Wales. We headed first to near St Davids, to Solva for a Jackie Morris book launch




KArin Celestine, of Celestine and the Hare was also there :)



Beautiful Solva Middle Mill

Saturday, 13 August 2016

Green Gathering 2016


I had SUCH a great time :)



I held three workshops on composting and chicken keeping



As always Algy came with me :) he was admired and petted by lots of people.


he now has his own Instagram account  Algythechicken


And I saw Seize the Day twice :) As well as lots of other great bands :)  and went to loads of excellent, thought provoking talks.

roll on 2017

Monday, 1 August 2016

Catchup!

Hello!

After a very long time where I have been very busy with all sorts of exciting stuff, then was unable to get into this blog to post the posts I had written about any of it - finally I am back!

But a very quick visit just to let you all know all is well.

So, what have I been up to?

The family are all well.

The cats are all well.

I am good and very busy with work :)

The chickens - I now only have 3 big hens ( Snowflake, Aggie and Ginger) but the four Serama chicklets are doing very well and are now 8 weeks old today :)

The veg garden is not doing very well, a combination of too wet/too dry/too cold/too warm at the wrong times has seen it all looking a bit sad this year. Apart from the polytunnel which is very productive, if a few weeks later than usual.

I have been working a lot which is great, doing Repair  Cafes, writing funding bids for an exciting project, giving talks, going to shows and festivals with my craft workshops and chickens and running workshops on all sorts of things. Lots of chickens, growing and compost involved!

I can't update more at the moment as I am about to go off (literally, I am posting this just before leaving with a loaded car) for a week camping and working at Green Gathering. I will be doing workshops on composting and chicken keeping in the Permaculture area, so come and say hello if you are going :)

I will post some of the backlog of posts when I get back :)



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