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!

Wednesday 31 December 2008

Happy New Year!

A very Happy New Year to all my lovely blog friends. I hope you all have a peaceful, fruitful and happy 2009.

I am hoping for better weather so more stuff grows without blight in 2009...PLEASE Weather Gods smile on us?

Also that we have better luck health wise here at Compost Mansions, as 2008 seemed to be a particularly bad year for us with operations, incapacitations and long lasting infections...

and on a personal note PLEASE can I have some good wishes?

I will spend the next 4 weeks physically locked on to my computer finishing up my Forest School Leaders portfolio. It has to be in with my tutor by the end of Jan! I am well on the way with nearly all the dissertation parts and have lots of evidence gathered to put in from my school sessions and practical days done in April and May 2008. BUT I have to put it all together in a coherent, orderly manner according to the instructions. I had done quite a lot but December seems to have interrupted the process ;-))

Somehow I don't think you will be getting many updates on here during Jan (apart from what I have already saved and scheduled...!) and I will be resisting the temptation to wander around the Blogosphere too much.....

anyway HAPPY NEW YEAR to one and all!


  1. Happy 2009 to you! Here's wishing you all good things! Good luck on finishing your project. I'm sure you'll be great at it.

  2. And a Happy New Year to you both as well. I hope 2009 will bring a great growing season and lots of eggs. I'm hoping to get a couple of rescued chickens in the spring.

  3. Happy New Year! How this year did fly! May each and every dream/wish come true at every moment. Enjoy the beauty of every moment, and the freshness it brings.

  4. Have actually managed to edit and file a goodly portion of portfolio in the last few days so am feeling less stressed now...but until it is "done and dusted" I won't feel happy........

    Good wishes for 2009 to all of you!

  5. HAPPY NEW YEAR!! and good wishes for your portfolio take care fiona

  6. Happy New Year to you all,I hope its a marvelous one & healthwise too x
    GTM x

  7. Wishing you and MrCW and CG a VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Thank you for your kind thoughts of late, they were very much appreciated!!
    I am so behind with the blogs and I am trying hard to catch up with everyone of the recent posts. I can see you are progressing with leaps and bounds.... what with the CO-OP blog and the Omlet website. Many congratulations to you!!!
    Also hope you manage to complete the Forest School Leaders portfolio with ease... I am sure you will soon have it in hand!!
    Hope this comment finds you much improved in health... you sound as if you are (thankfully) back on form!!
    Take Care... Happy New Year!!
    With Much Love, Jane xxxxxxxxx

  8. I have great and happy feelings about 2009 and can't wait to see what it will bring. :)

  9. Happy New Year to all of you from all of us and wishing you all the best for 2009.

    Rosie x

  10. May 2009 give exactly the weather needed at the right time and good health to the people and critters at Compost Manor. :)

  11. Happy New Year and good luck with the portfolio!

  12. Hope all goes well with your your portfolio. Happy new year and all the best for you and your family.

  13. Happy New Year to all at Compost Mansions & remember what I tell my two "you can't go out to play until your homework's finished"!!!

    Dean & family

  14. Happy new year to you all at Compost mansions!

    It's been great reading your blog! Hopefully this cold snap will help a bit on the veggie front next year. It's got to set a few of them pests back a bit!


  15. All the very best of luck for 2009. As for the portfolio - I'm sure you'll nail it. Be of good cheer

  16. Happy new year to everyone at Compost Mansions!

    Good luck with your portfolio too CW. Hope you manage to get it all done without too much stress!

  17. Happy New Year! xx

  18. Happy New Year to all at the Mansion.
    Luv Pol

  19. Hi Dean, Pol, Mrs C and thegardensmallholder!

    and a warm welcome Marc - I love your drawings and commentry btw!

    Happy New Year to you all, I hope you don't mind if I dont come to all your blogs to say it individually but I am in the middle of doing an essay on the "learning and developmental needs met by play in a woodland environment" at the mo!


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