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.

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Wednesday 27 August 2008

Playing with my Kelly Kettle in the woods

A friend and her grandson came round for the afternoon and we went for a play in the wood.

Time for a brew up! This is my new Kelly kettle boiling 2.5 pints of water in 5 mins on a few handfuls of paper and small sticks. making popcorn overthe fire.
Mmmm it went really quickly!
Compostgirl and friend made " draw sticks" ..they burnt the end so it was like charcoal and then drew on some flat logs...great fun!

We all had a lovely time and then our friends went home, tired out from a fun day!


  1. Wow - that all looks like amazing fun!

  2. Popcorn - 2 sieves the same size, a long stick, wire to hold it all together and hot embers. Is that all I need? I have the popcorn and we have a half barrel BBQ/outdoor fire just waiting for an excuse to be lit again.

    Rosie x

  3. Yes Rosie thats about it!

    Stainless steel sieves are best as they don't go rusty and the tinning doesn't flake off...needs nice hot embers...BBQ style would be good!

    Mrs C it was FUN!

    And we did it again, but with added sausages a few days later..see post for details!


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