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 13 October 2008

More fabulous colours

Another glorious day yesterday! What is the weather doing? This is the best weather we have had since April, certainly better than anything the so called summer provided. I WISH I had left the sweetcorn on the plants now, they might have ripened a bit more!

I have been out in the garden again ( no surprise there!) and in between various hen and vegetable related chores I took some random shots of colourful things around our garden.I hope you like them.

One of the Spindle bushes in the garden. SO colourful, it almost glows!

Close up of the Spindle seeds
Copper beech leaves in the sunshine.

The cyclamen at the base of one of the weeping Silver Birch trees.

Bryony berries climbing up a clump of bamboo. Beautiful but dangerous!

These are rose hips! They climb up a contorted willow in the wood, and these are at least 20 feet in the air! I guess the lack of light has made the wild rose scramble to the sky.


  1. Thank you so much for posting those lovely photographs! A real treat to view. I love the Spindle Bush, I have never heard or seen one before. Another on my one day to purchase list!!
    Hope the weather keeps up, its so needed after the summer weather flop!!

    Jane xxx

  2. Interesting to see we weren't the only ones who had a lousy summer! We did manage a dinner of sweet corn last night, but it was not our own. We had to get ours from a friend down the road!

  3. Hi there Aromantic!

    I am glad the photos give you pleasure Jane, as I got a comment from elsewhere recently that I was just "showing off" the things I have by photographing them? and I should stop it.....

    I never thought of it in that light :-$ I like what I do and what I see around me and so I want to share my delight ( and sometimes the hard bits) with other interested people! I must say I was a bit suprised to be told this comment ( it wasn't posted on here btw...)

    I would HATE to think that was how it made folk feel....that it made them envious or unhappy, rather than just enjoying looking at the pictures....and reading my randon witterings and compost related life!

    So THANK YOU for your praise, it has made me feel a bit better!

  4. Hi Howling Duck.

    mm sweetcorn...We are about to eat the last 4 cobs, and then its all over fresh for another year....

    Still, our own leeks are nearly ready ( well they ARE ready to eat, except they are quite thin yet, so we are leaving them to thicken up a bit!)

    It was nice here today as well, sunny and warm. I got 2 loads of washing dried!

  5. CW.. you keep those most wonderful photographs coming. You have an excellent blog, so full of life and interest and the photographs are the icing on the cake!
    Your blog is educational, interesting, funny, loving, emotional, caring and very special.
    So please ignore the person who made that most ignorant comment! Their is always one isn't there!!
    I love, as many others do the antics of your girls, your veggies, the wood, composting, things you do in your home and much, much, much more, the photographs bring it to life. I think its great you and your OH are doing so much in the aid of conservation and all the other wonderful things you do... so PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE do not let the moronic person (for want of a better description)deter you from doing something so beautiful!!
    Cannot wait for your next posting and pictures...

    Big Hugs to you!!
    Jane xxx

  6. Thank you Jane! I am touched that you think so highly of my compostbin ramblings :-))

    I didn't take the comment too seriously at the time but when I realised what the person had actually said, I began to wonder if there was any truth in the comment..?

    I DON'T post to make people envious.....( as if? what a strange thought? are there people who do? )so I shall put the comment to one side and move on.

    Thank you once again, I shall keep the pictures coming!


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