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!

Friday 2 January 2009

Visiting friends

Today we spent the day with our friends M and K and their two children K and J. K is Compostgirl's best girlfriend outside of school and J is also a very very good friend, probably the best male friend Compostgirl has.

They have all know each other from birth as well so they had a very happy few hours playing together.

Our friends have recently moved house ( just before Christmas eeek!) , so we took them not only Christmas gifts for the children but also a home made hamper of things to celebrate their new home. Apple juice, blackcurrant vodka, chutney, pickled shallots, jam, eggs and a journal to record the changes they plan to make to their garden.

I LOVE being able to make stuff and give it to appreciative friends and M is a delight to give gifts to! She appreciates our efforts, she made lots of lovely ahh sounds when she opened the box and saw what was in it!

Eggs from the girlies added to the gift and I believe they are being eaten for supper tonight. Certainly M wasted no time in getting stuck in to the chutney (mmm chutney...nice one M! )

It was a lovely day, spent with good friends, M prepared a wonderful lunch despite having worked non-stop in her family hotel over the festive season AND having only just moved house, she is an amazing lady and I don't know how she does all the things she has to AND keep on smiling and being such a wonderful friend!

It was wonderful to see them in their new home after a break of several months without face to face contact.

Happy New Year and Happy New House to them!


  1. What a wonderful, thoughtful gift!

  2. chutney seems to be so popular.
    i make it but don't eat it.

    what a nice gift :)


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