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 and to Permaculture principles, which we share with Chickens, Cats 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 am a Master Composter and have spent more than a decade as a volunteer Community Compost adviser with Garden Organic and my local Council.
I'm a self employed Environmental Educator so I run workshops and events where I talk about compost, veg growing, chicken keeping, cooking, preserving and sustainable living. I also run crafts workshops and Forest School/outdoor play sessions in our wood.

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 31 August 2008

Five good things for August

End of the month and so I shall do a round up of good things

1 Despite the terrible weather we HAVE managed to harvest potatos and onions to store...an improvement on this time last year! We have some plums ( not many :-( ) and a good quantitiy of apples and I have lots of lovely tomatos and courgettes and other beautiful food from the veg plot and polytunnel SO we can make wine, cider, dehydrate, freeze, bottle, pickle, jam and chutney away over the next month or so.

2 I have 2 new hens who are lovely and seem to really like me! Today I had one sat on my head and the other on my shoulder! ( sorry I didn't have the camera with me so no pics) Also (fingers crossed) we will have some chicks in the next few days! We are getting a reasonable quantity of delicious, organic, free range ( and some) eggs and hopefully I will be able to sell or barter some of them for other stuff we need..

3 The Kittens and Cats big and small. They are an endless source of delight and laughter!

4 Where I live. It is BEAUTIFUL! I thank the Gods that we look after such a wonderful plot of land.

5 Compostman and Compostgirl. HE is my soulmate and I love him dearly, despite silly rows over the proper way of cooking sausages on a camp fire(!) She is a blessing...even though she makes me want to tear my hair out sometimes! Enough said I think!

I shall try to count my blessings at the end of every month, even if I don't do "5 good things" every day!

And to all my good friends, both in the real world and on the web....you all make my life a lot brighter...and those who visit me here and read my ramblings THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

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