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.

To learn more about us click on the About Compostwoman tab and remember to click on the photos to make them full size!

Tuesday 9 December 2008

Disclaimers and warnings....

Some of you have noticed I have added a "disclaimer" to my blog ( in the sidebar to the right...)
"ANY opinions expressed in this blog are my own, or the opinions of those who have posted them in the comments section. I don't claim to speak for anyone else apart from myself.
I also don't claim to be an expert in the things I have blogged about ( apart from the things I AM qualified in, and even then you should use your own judgement!)
It's up to you to chose whether to take my advice, as I take no responsibility for the consequences. The Compostbin is a "use your common sense" zone!"

I have done this for a variety of reasons. I have had a few comments recently from people about the way we live our lives here at Compost Mansions ( see past post) and from people who have complained that things I have said on here have not worked for them.

.....well I am sorry if your chutney didn't turn out the way I said in my post, but I *did* write down exactly what I did, with a full recipe, and *mine* is yummy... and several other people have tried it and agree with me....so maybe it wasn't MY fault? but something YOU did wrong? ( sarcasm alert here....)

and this has made me realise that some of the stuff I post on my blog could well be taken as definitive advice by some people. Who might then be rather annoyed if their version doesn't work as well. And who then might give me grief over their lack of success.

Look at it this way, I AM qualified or experienced in a number of areas but even in those areas I cannot dispense "one size fits all" advice, to people who I do not know, via a computer!

IF you need specific advice I suggest you seek more local, expert help and it is also generally a good idea NOT JUST to take "something you have read on a blog" as gospel!

I am more than happy to help if I can ( email me if you like...) BUT I cannot be responsible for the result. I am Compostwoman, NOT Superwoman!!



  1. I have to say, it is a very sad bugger that gets their info from a blog, and moans when it doesn't work. Umm, WTF? I like your blog and find it very informative, however there is some right crap out there too. What an plonker!

  2. Thanks for the vote of confidence MD...I do tend to only post stuff if I have tried it out on myself ( or the family!) ....so I have a reasonable expectation that it is ok, but still! ( rolls eyes!)

    Ah well, it takes all sorts I suppose!

    Cw xx

  3. (posted by Margaret's Ramblings but eaten by Blogger whilst I was moderating comments....so I have reposted it! Cw)

    Sorry you have felt the need to do this. Try not to take it to heart and remember the majority of us do exercise common sense. I love reading what you get up to.

  4. There are defintiely professionals who have nothing better to do than troll around blogs posting stupid comments. Fortuantely, as I've never identified with any particular 'group' of blogs I've not had problems with criticism from unknowns, and as I do do spells, I guess that's a bit scary to some who might otherwise ;)

  5. Hmmm..so perhaps I need to make my spell casting abilities more overt?


    I can't understand what makes people want to Troll, I really can't......

    But the disclaimer seems a sensible thing to have, even without the Trolls!

  6. I'd rename yourself Compost Witch. It should see 'em off ;)


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