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!


Wednesday, 17 September 2008

A to Z of Homemaking

A to Z of Homemaking

I saw this at allybea's place who saw it at Lizzieshomeworld who saw it at Rural Writings who saw it at Pieces from Me, who saw it at Coffee Time At Home. Play along and put it on your blog. Let me know so I can visit you.

A ~Aprons--y/n If y, what does your fav. look like?
Yes my favourite has Mistletoe on it.

B ~ Baking--Favorite thing to bake?
Banana loaf with walnuts, Roast Chicken with all the trimmings!.

C ~ Clothes line?
Yes...and an airer up in the kitchen ceiling. I DO NOT
have a tumble dryer as well

D ~ Donuts--Have you ever made them?
No. Horrible fatty greasy things!

E ~ Everyday--One homemaking thing you do everyday?
Open all the windows, plump up the pllows,

F ~ Freezer--Do you have a separate deep freeze?
I have 2 and a half freezers and really could do with a third!

G ~ Garbage Disposer?
No. Would NEVER have one. What cannot be composted can be disposed of in other ways than using electricity to grind it up. I recycle and compost as much as possible.

H ~ Handbook--What is your favourite homemaking resource?
I do my own thing. I like a WI book of Jams and preserving also some VERY old books I got from my MiL

I ~ Ironing--Love it or Hate it? Or hate it but love the results?
Hate it with a passion. Still do it when I must, though.

J ~ Junk Drawer--y/n? Where is it?
Umm I have a basket for such stuff in every room!

K ~ Kitchen--color and decorating scheme.
Pine cupboards, yellow walls, cream Aga and white tiles with a lemon pattern on them. Done out by Compostman 2 years ago after we lived with 25 year old horrible, broken stuff for 8 further years.................

L ~ Love--what is your favorite part of homemaking?
Making Chutney, Jam, Preserves. freezing stuff..drying stuff so we can eat it in the winter....

M ~ Mop--y/n?
Yes with hot soapy water with Lavender Essential Oil in it!

N ~ Nylons, machine or hand wash?
Umm don't wear them more than a couple of times a year?

O ~ Oven--do you use the window or open the oven to check?
Look through the window, sometimes open the door. If its the Aga I have too!

P ~ Pizza--What do you put on yours?
Mmm home grown basil, cherry toms..and anchovies ( from a tin...don't be silly ! Even *I* can't grow anchovies!)

Q ~ Quiet--What do you do during the day when you get a quiet moment?
Make a cup of tea: Go and sit in our wood and listen to the trees growing and the wildlife living. Go and talk to the cats or the hens.

R ~ Recipe Card Box--y/n? What does it look like?
A folder of bits of paper ,and an internet folder full of web pages, lots of recipe books.

S ~Style of house--What style is your house?
1906 detached, originally built as 2 cottages,left to get derelict and used as a feed store, renovated and made into one house in 1980( not very well done and not done by us!) Compostman is renovating it and making it much more energy efficient and a nicer house to live in.

T ~ Tablecloths or Placemats?
Placemats and a tablecloth under !

U ~ Under the kitchen sink--organized or toxic wasteland?
Very organised, NO toxic stuff, lots of Essential Oils, Vinegar and Bicarb there tho'

V ~ Vacuum--How many times per week?
Once a week all over, some bits more often, are also swept with a broom and dustpan.

W ~ Wash--How many loads of laundry do you do per week?
2-3 loads per week. With Soapnuts....and vinegar and essential oils mostly.

X Cross off? things to do that you cross off?
I tend to make lists or I forget stuff..onset of old age I guess!

Y ~ Yard--y/n? Who does what?
I guess that means Garden? I do a fair amount of it, Compostman does the really heavy stuff. We have 3/4 acre of garden and a further 3 acres of woodland so there is a lot to do!

ZZZ's--what is your last homemaking task for the day before going to bed?
Turn stuff off, get jug of water to take up to bed, shut cats into kitchen, turn off computer etc, check lights are off. Lie and listen to the night birds (Nightingales in summer, Owls in winter.)

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