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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Sunday 1 February 2009

Spring Greetings!

Spring Greetings!

Today is Imbolc, the first day of the Celtic spring, and truly it IS springlike here! it has been very cold but sunny and the grass is green, the snowdrops are bravely nodding their heads in the cold breeze and I, well I feel the first stirrings of growth in my heart, a need to plant seeds and get into the garden and tend and sow and dig and weed...

I went out this morning and looked, I mean REALLY looked at all the wonderful signs of new life. I was, of course, followed by chickens......

It is too cold and too wet to dig the soil, but I have planted some seeds and potted some strawberry runners up and raked a few beds clear of debris, to allow the emerging daffodils space and light and air...

I picked some flowers in honour of the day...I tend to leave flowers growing, I like them better in the ground! But I felt the need to bring some Spring inside my home today....so catkins, snowdrops, all flowering when everything else is still dormant....a promise of what will be, in the months to come...

I am, as you may know, very fond of the work of illustrator Wendy Andrew, I have several of her wonderful prints in my home, indeed her "Goddess Wheel of the Year" is a favourite of mine! It features in this photo of my seasonal offerings corner, with the flowers I picked today to honour the new Spring.

I shall leave you with her thoughts on this day

Feel Me now as Maiden.
I am the initiator.
I am the twinkle of an idea.
I am the spark that activates and inspires.
I am the light that illuminates manifestation.
I bring the energy that encourages the sleeping Winter world to begin to stir.
Feel My presence.
I am the spark of life in all things.

©Wendy Andrew
The Spring.


  1. I envy your green grass and the signs of things growing. We are still buried in snow with another storm predicted for Wednesday. But seeing your flowers is hopeful!

  2. I spoke too soon as we have snow here today as well...not much though ( although to hear/read the news, you would think we had had 3 feet of snow rather than 3 cm!)

    I despair of this country sometimes, I really do......

    a few flakes of snow and everything grinds to a halt!

    Still, the snowdrops are sstill there, just hidden at the moment!

    Hope your storm isn't too bad...

  3. I love the pictures of the snowdrops! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Ah thank you!

    I can't see any at the moment as there is too much snow!


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