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, lecturer, writer and Forest School leader at Moors Wood . I am a Master Composter and have spent the last 11 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, 16 March 2008

Hot Cross/Star Buns!!

I always believed that Hot Cross buns were marked with a cross because they marked the Crucifixion in some manner...and were linked with Good Friday and the Passion...

but compostman and compostgirl were making them yesterday and compostgirl wanted to know why there was usually a cross on the buns and could she put something else...so I looked it up and surprise, surprise...buns marked with a cross were eaten by the Saxons to honour the Goddess Eostre ( from whence we get the Easter celebration) The bun represented the moon and the cross the moon's quarters. When Christianity came along the Christians took over the tradition ( as was so often the case) and to Christians, the cross symbolises the crucifixion.

We do like Hot Cross Buns at Compost Mansions...so they made Hot Cross Buns and Hot Star Buns.....stars are a big favourite here in this household....(especially with compostgirl!!)









compostman and compostgirl made them, I photographed them and we ALL ate them !!

Yummy!!

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