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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Sunday 12 October 2008

Cider and Wine

We were busy today! We finally got around to bottling the second demijohn of 2007 Damson wine. If you remember we bottled the first one in July, and I confidently predicted we would do the other one in the next few days...HA HA ...that will teach me! I got round to clearing the workbenches near the sink enough for me to actually clean out the bottles needed for the wine.

Compostman sterilised the clean bottles,

whilst I lifted the wine and cider demijohn from their " resting" place under the kitchen bench. They had got a bit of cat fluffy on the outside, but apart from that were fine! I wiped down the outside with a clean cloth and then wiped the necks with a cloth soaked in sterilising fluid just in case of any drips......

We filled 7 bottles of Damson wine...and a half bottle which I expect we can force ourselves to use up somehow.... ;-)Then we did the same with the 5 L of cider. It has continued to "work" and is drier than the last lot we bottled, and subsequently is a bit stronger! 6.2 % abv....yum THAT will kill any pain in my poor old bad back!

I took a photo of the kitchen through the demijohn of cider, it gives a strange filter effect ! ( a bit like after drinking it!)

After all that it was tidy up time. I had 4 other demi johhs to clean up as well so did a marathon hot soapy wash at the sink.

We have another 25 l of cider awaiting racking off in the next week, as we need the container and its sister to make more cider in a weeks time!

Ah season of mists and mellow fruitfulness......I LOVE this time of year!


  1. 'Hic'!! It sounds grand!! What a wonderful feeling... all produce bottled, preserved and stored in whatever way... General tidy in grounds for winter and then sigh of relief... kick off boots and enjoy the winter season.... knowing that you have supplies enough to see you through until the next year and beyond!

    Jane xxx

  2. Hi Jane.

    Yes, one of the reasons I love this time of year is , it gets dark, so we stop doing stuff outside, having hopefully made a real difference to the list of chores!. Various indoor stuff then gets done and we can then later sit down in front of the woodburner with a glass of home made something.

    In the summer, its non stop until the light fades, and then its time for bed!


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