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!

Monday 18 August 2008

Monday 5 good things

My 5 for today

1 Depite both Compostgirl and I being be-lurgified, I have managed to think of 5 things!
2 A lady from Freecycle came and got CG's previous ( small, stabilised) pink bike for her DD, whom it fitted perfectly
3 Said lady bought some eggs and she and her children were very happy to see the chickens and feed them and her DS was wanting to know about the Ex Battery girls! and he didn't like what he heard about Battery hens one little bit.
4 Have dehydrated LOADS of stuff and am feeling happer now than my somewhat miserable post on my blog last night..as I am seeing I CAN get on top of some of the work even if I DO feel carp....
5 Have made yum Pumpkin soup and will have lots to put in freezer ( and am going to dehydrate some as an experiment...)


6 Have just found LARGE bar of chocolate which was an April birthday present...and am going to eat some NOW ( and not share it ! )

but also
7 Have also realised I have posted to the world that I am made happy by extracting moisture from slices of vegetables.............


  1. I do like your '5 good things'. I think it's something I should be doing even if I don't put it on my blog. Pleased to hear that you are feeling better. I've been reading your blog for some time and it's great! It's an inspiration for me as I make my (slow) journey towards greater self-sufficiency and simplicity.

  2. Thank you Galanthus! I am glad my compost bin musings are helpful to you.
    The "5 good things" IS a helpful way to count my blessings...I have many butsometimes its hard to spot them....
    If there is anything you want to ask about on your self sufficient journey, feel free! I may NOT be able to help but I probably know where to find the answer , if *I* don't know.

  3. I too would be very happy abstracting water from veggies - as it is I'm having to blanch and freeze them - ALMOST as satisfying knowing our winters will be filled with our own home-grown produce.

    Rosie x

  4. Oh I am doing the blanching bit too Rosie...I always end up with water all over ME !


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