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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Monday 29 September 2008

New phone

I went into Hereford on Saturday..I was meant to be being "Compostwoman" on the recycling bus in High Town BUT I got delayed by a tractor and trailer losing its load on my lane so was too late....

apart from the other stuff I needed to do, I also went into my mobile phone provider shop, to look at phones. There was much merriment on the part of the assistants (!) in the shop when they realised I had STILL got the phone I bought from them 6 years ago.................and it still worked!

I bought a newer phone because my old handset is getting a bit unreliable and I NEED a phone I can rely on, working, when I am doing Forest School stuff in the woods with children..otherwise I would NOT have bothered to change my phone!

I settled for a £29 model, it is a rugged, water resistant model, it has a camera AND it makes calls (!) and I have given my old phone to Compostman ( who had never yet had one.....)

the sales person was obviously disappointed I didn't want the "bells and whistles " phones BUT I made it clear I ONLY wanted something to make calls on, rather than something I would carry around welded to my ...................(!)

I have a good camera, an MP3 player.....Why TF would I want to pay extra to have these incorporated ( at a lower spec ) into my phone, is beyond me...............

I guess I AM a Luddite, after all..!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  1. When I had to have a new phone, the dearly beloved was under strict instructions to find me the simplest one possible! He managed it but I'm wondering how "simple" my next one will actually be ~ here's hoping the one I currently have lasts a very long time lol

  2. I can't actually unlock the new one...............

  3. Ah...have worked out what to do...and its actually a lot easier and more intuitive than my old phone...so thats good!

  4. Ah, fellow luddite...I don't even own a cell phone.

  5. Hi Howling duck ranch!

    I hate the wretched things with a passion but increasingly there are no call boxes around in the more rural areas AND I do Forest School /Environmental education stuff in more remote areas so a cell phone is a must....

    I don't like them though and very rarely use it.

  6. We went mobile-free when we moved to France mainly because on "pay as you go" systems they take your credit back after a very short period and we hardly ever made enough calls so ended up losing money. It took us a while to get used to not having one and I do worry a little when driving alone. But overall I much prefer not having one or spending so much time looking for the darn thing!!

    Rosie x

  7. I WISH I could not have one...I see folk with them clamped to their ears and wonder "why" ?

    Luddite! Me !

  8. You weren't on the compost bus yesterday in Leominster, were you?

  9. Hello John, a local person!

    No..yesterday I was busy doing a Forest School session and then Eco Club, so could not be in Leominster as well!

    Even *I* can't do that! ;-))

    Did you find the Bus useful and/or helpful?

  10. I didn't actually stop at the bus. There were a decent number of people around it, talking to the composters. They were having a bit of a bad time with the high winds though, which kept blowing everything over!

    We've pretty much got our compost bins sorted out now - have two big wooden slatted ones and 3 black plastic ones. Unfortunately, the last people here had filled the black ones with leaves which were just a dry mass, so I have tipped them out, mixed in some manure and watered them well before refilling.

  11. Sounds a good idea.....some high nitrogen liquid ( aka wee) would help speed up the process , also!

  12. Hello Compostwoman! Loving the Music From the Compost Bin... I have a new blog (you can see it at www.guineapigrunsinfo.com). Its about buying or making a guinea pig run that's big enough and safe, with links to advice pages of specialist guinea pig charities (plus bigger ones like ASPCA, RSPCA, etc). I'd love a blogroll link exchange, please check me out and don't just compost my humble request ;)


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