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!


Saturday, 3 May 2008

Cider tasting at the Blossomtime cider festival

We spent most of today (Saturday) at the Big Apple Blossomtime Cider and Perry trials, just up the road from our house. The public events happen on the Sunday and Monday of the May bank holiday, but having entered a demijohn of our own cider in the Novice class we were required to attend the Trials on Sat and judge the entries in our own class, and then taste the other entries as well..such hardship!!



We arrived at the hall at about 11.30 to drop off our entry and were quite suprised at the number of entrants...much increased over previous years!!


here is the table with the Novice classes alone!!




We then went to some friends for lunch. They live in a fabulous, typical Herefordshire Black and White cottage and are very keen on medieval history, so their cottage has lots of interesting items to look at...Compostgirl was enchanted by it all!







After a delicious lunch we all came back to the hall for the tasting and marking session which took all afternoon!






Compostgirl made herself very helpful by handing out glasses of palate cleansing water and biscuits to the participants.





We also had a daring rescue attempt, a Swallow had got trapped inside the hall and despite our best efforts to clear the room, close the curtains and open the doors...it wouldn't fly out of the door but kept on bashing against one high window!




So eventually a ladder was brought (here is Compostman unfolding it)

and one of our friends climbed up and opened the high window.


You should have heard the cheer when the Swallow finally flew out and away to freedom!!

















We had enormous fun, joining in with our neighbours to taste and vote for the cider and perry on offer. Our cider didn't win anything but it tasted ok when compared with the others in our class so we feel happy at that, AND we had a fun afternoon well spent in good company.

The entries were hugely up on previous years...craft cider and perrymaking is alive and well in Herefordshire, at least.

We will be attending more events over the next 2 days...so watch this space for updates!

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