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!

Thursday 11 December 2008

Sitting in the dark

In front of the woodburner, with a glass of home made cider and Compostman and cats.......

And then turning out the lights, to sit and enjoy the purring of the cats on our laps, in the warmth and the dark

and while watching the flickering flames, I saw wonderous things, castles and unicorns and dancers........

what do YOU see when you look in a fire?


  1. I love watching a fire. I see endless possibilities... worlds unfolding...life.


  2. There's nothing like looking at hearth flames is there? I miss having one... the new homestead beckons...

  3. Oooh! Sounds like a wonderful evening.

    I usually sit right by the fire with my back to it, soaking up its warmth. But when I watch the flames, I like it best when there's a 'pop' and a tiny fireworks show.

  4. hi CW i'm new to you (came via earthenwitch & duckin4apples) and so am just catching up on things your end.
    we have a lovely burner too but i have a question on yours - does yours have a 'grate' in it? i'm finding it hard to keep ours lit - 1st woodburner but many time open fire keeper - and wonder whether it's an inexperience of no grate thing and as ours is inherited from the previous tenants i'm wondering whether it should have one or whether i'm just basically rubbbish....

    anyway, in 'comment' i love watching the flames, i can get lost in them when it's good. it's such as good feeling to curl up with mulled wine and mince pies, or hot chocolate & cake feeling the warmth.

  5. Hello all!

    flames are wonderful for musing and dreaming into!

    iflutterby (great name btw!)

    yes we have a grate, the sort of grate used depends on if you are burning wood or coal...its not a HUGE issue but it DOES make a difference!

    If you go to the Downsizer or the Self Sufficientish fora...there are lots of helpful psts about burning wood. Also the INEBG forum.


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