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!

Saturday 16 May 2009

500th post givaway!

So .........I have managed to post 500 times (!)

500 posts which detail my random thoughts, rants, musings and updates on chickens, the garden, the cats, the wood, our house, Compostman and Compostgirl, doings in the polytunnel, at Eco Club, in the school garden and, of course what I have been doing with my COMPOST BINS!

and in honour of all this I am going to do a Givaway, which I haven't done before, so be gentle with me ;-)

If you want to join in, add a comment, saying you want to enter, and in 14 days time I will get Compostgirl to draw one of the names from a hat and, who ever wins, if you then email me your details, I shall send you a small gift!

It was my birthday recently and so I am feeling generous :-)

So...post a comment and see what happens!

Remember, the deadline is Midnight (BST) on the 30th May

I would also like to thank all of you for reading my words over the last few years and taking time to comment. I really value the feedback I get and the nice things you all say :-)

Oh and just to amuse you all, here is a picture of me modelling one of the presents Compostman got me for my birthday.

A new helmet with ear defenders, to keep me safe in the wood...(and yes, I DID want one, honest...)

Compostman said it made me look like a Valkyrie......I think that was a compliment - right?


  1. Hiya, congratulations on your 500th post ! Please add me to your draw and keep posting !!!!

    Best wishes Babs xx

  2. Happy 500th post and belated Birthday! Good luck with your giveaway too - don't enter me; you gave dd enough goodies when we met up and reading your words is gift enough for me, but just wanted to pop in and congratulate you on all your successes.

    How is your back now?

  3. Congratulations on reaching the big Five-Oh-Oh! That's quite an accomplishment and since discovering your blog, I've enjoyed reading its contents and I've learnt a lot about veggies, chickens and compost!

    I don't often enter give-aways but I'm always ready to make an exception for a Valkyrie! Come on Compost girl, pick me, pick me!!

    Congrats once more on reaching this blogging landmark :)

  4. It's a good thing you told us you wanted the helmet. ;) And being a Valkyrie is always good!

    Please enter me.

  5. 500 posts - wow! I'm looking at your blog and wondering why it took me so long to find you. We are clearly kindred spirits! I'm going to have some fun reading your archives.

  6. Happy Birthday! Keep up the great blog :)

  7. You've posted 500 times and i have read and enjoyed everyone of them but finally time to de-lurk! lisa

  8. Congrats on lots of posting! It can be hard sometimes to keep the momentum on a blog but you seem to have the knack for it:) Keep on writing nd letting us know whats happening, it's always and interesting read.

  9. You know what, I wish my fiance would just get me presents that I wanted.... so much more practical! Oh and I love the colour of your kitchen ;)

    Congrats on 500 posts! So much composty knowledge shared!

    I'd love to take part in the giveaway... as long as the prize isn't compost ;) Not that I don't love it... just that I have quite enough of my own :D

    - Sera

  10. Congrats on #500! I'm a relatively new reader, but I look forward to each post. Particularly in your community activities, you really inspire me to get out in the world and see what there is to see and do :-) How is your back doing? I hope you are feeling better.

  11. Congratulations on your 500 posts, each one is so interesting and keeps me coming back to see how all the projects are coming along and by reading your blog have come accross the great frugal co op site.

    Please enter me for you draw

  12. Bonjour CW - 500 down and still so much to write .... this blogging thing is addictive isn't it? I'm off to see how many posts Simon and I have written before I go and water the PT - (and I have asked for a polytunnel overhead watering thingy for my birthday!)

    Rosie x

  13. Happy 500!
    Would love to be in the giveaway,.I just did one on my blog,it was good fun!
    GTM x

  14. Congrats on 500 posts. Keep up the good work, I love hearing about everything you've been doing (especially the chicken antics)

    I'd like to be entered into your giveaway please, I don't think I've entered one before.

  15. That is one amazing milestone! Here is to 500 more! You've got a great blog going here! Oh, before I forget... CONGRATULATIONS! :)

  16. well done on reaching 500! Please count me in!

  17. Hello lovely people :-)

    Oooh lots of comments!

    To all of you, thank you for visiting and yes, my back is much improved....I am sure in part due to the good thoughts you have all been sending me!

    I really should know better than to try to pick up sacks of chicken feed......when my back is feeling a bit fragile, anyway...

  18. Congratulations on 500 posts CW! And I love the photo!

    If I'm not too late then please count me in for your draw.

    Mrs C

  19. Congratulations on your milestone! Please count me in!

  20. Congratulations on hitting the big Five Oh Oh! Keep up the great work.

  21. Good to have you drop by to my blog, and even better to make the return visit compostwoman. Great stuff, and I love the romantic gift him indoors has given you. Many woman will be green with envy.

    Hope to see more in the next 500, shame I've missed the last 499.

  22. 500, wow! and not waffle either, you post some really good stuff. I'm just worried that you shouldn't be wearing that hanging basket though!

  23. Congratulations on your 500th post!! Belated Birthday Greetings... and just love your Valkyrie!! Nice when you get presents that you really do want!!
    Glad the back is on the mend... now don't go picking up any more chicken feed sacks!!
    Would love to be entered into your Giveaway, so please add my name....
    Looking forward to many more of your wonderful posts!!
    With Love, Jane xxx

  24. Congratulations on your 500th post!

    I'd like to be in your drawing.

  25. Oooh Me Me ME.

    Love the hat, it's a real fashion statement. LOL

  26. Congratulations on reaching 500 posts, all of which have been either entertaining, educational and interesting,oh, and the odd sad ones too but hey ho thats life I guess.

    Hope you had a great birthday, love your pressie and glad you got what you needed!


  27. Hi. Well done on 500 posts. And lots with lovely photos too. I haven't got to grips with photos to go with my posts yet. It is my husband's birthday on your cut off date of the 30 May and he loves compost too. I think he might be quite pleased if the prize is a big sack of compost! Although delivery might be a little bit of a problem.... Anyway - congratulations on the posts and the birthday and the lovely idea of having a prize and sharing a bit of happiness.

  28. I wrote a long post and hit the "publish" button and it has vanished :( I was just saying thank you for an interesting blog where I lurk and read and drool over the pictures of your land. Congratulations on 500 posts (with lots of lovely pictures) and on your birthday and on the idea of sharing a little bit of happiness by having a prize. Well done!

  29. Happy 500th post! Just found your blog and have loved traveling around it this morning! And yes, you do look like a Valkyrie (and yes, that's a compliment, lol!).

  30. My family don't understand me - I love making compost.
    There I feel better now and amongst friends (I hope!). Congratulations on 500 posts. I have some way to go...

  31. Hello lovely people

    Thank you for commenting, I am really touched at how nice you all are :-)

    And also thank you for the lovely compliments about my posts and my photos...

    I have been gathering together the givaway today...I DID wonder about posting a picture, but I decided early on to keep it as a surprise to the recipient...So I will post a picture only when I am sure the person who eventually gets it, has got it..


    BUT..they will like it, I hope..

  32. Happy Blog Birthday.
    I am not commenting much as I am so Busy packing, but I'm still reading!!1

    Hereford uk

  33. 500 posts, well done!
    I'm an occasional visitor, your blog always makes me laugh.
    Yours, John, York, UK

  34. Congratulations - I recently reached that milestone too. It feels good, doesn't it?!

    I'm a latecomer to the birthday party. I was away for the start of the giveaway, but I'm glad to have been able to squeeze in at the end!

  35. Congrats on 500 posts. Please enter me in your contest!

  36. 10 minutes left to go and I remembered about your giveaway! This is what comes of suddenly having a busy life. I love your blog and I love your new birthday head gear too:)

  37. OK officially closed now ;-)

    I will get Compostgirl to draw a name in the next few days...and then post up the winner so they can send me their address...

    and THANK YOU all so much for entering!


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