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 26 February 2010

Fun filled Friday

I am off to a pre school messy play and environmental themed games session this morning which should be really good fun!

Later on this afternoon

Play session went well, it was for a pre school and toddler group near to me. So we played a run around game, sang a couple of action songs about birds, the children ( and adults!) made dens built with fabric (and imagination) we did some bark rubbing and a lot of painting on BIG sheets of paper( wow some of the smalls were really getting into imagining the "woodland" I had said the room had become...)

and then I told them the story of The Gruffalo (one of my all time favourite stories!) doing different voices AND with some soft toy re-enactment...you should have seen the little faces when I produced from behind my back a large Gruffalo soft toy, at the appropriate bit of the story....They all wanted to cuddle it as well..

I don't blame them as he is a rather lovely soft toy!

I love my work :-)

BUT I am now tired and looking forward to a rest, I have had no dizzy spells since Wednesday so I am hoping it has gone now, whatever it was. My foot is fine now as well, so this weekend I shall do no business work but instead plant seeds :-))


  1. you have a Gruffalo!! omg!! omg! ah but no wonder really..he must have come out of your wood there:o)
    Have you seen the Gruffalo#s child?its another lovely book.
    Glad you had a great day,small smalls are so wonderful I bet they enjyed your time so much. I grinned in the play ground yesterday when a big small at the smalls school(tongue twister lol!) came up & said it was her birthday day next week,ooo what would you like to do I asked,oh she replied I have friends round & we are going to build the best den ever!
    YAY!! for precious childhoods.They shold put den building on the national curiculum rather than se ed for 4 year olds grrr pah!
    GTM x x x

  2. I have a gruffalo, he is sitting beside me as I type :-) I have to keep him away from CG though, or he would disapear into her collection and that would Never Do, I need him!

    GTM part of the attraction of being a Forest School Leader is that I get to go into schools and then take the children out regularly to "play in the woods", den building etc..much better to learn Numeracy Literacy and PSHE, by counting sticks, telling tales and working together to build a den.....

  3. Hi, Hope the dizzy spells improve. My Spouse had them and it turned out to be vertigo! Anyway, the reason for this post is I am about to start keeping chickens, did a search for Gingernut Rangers which brought me to your site... and like me, you are in Herefordshire - and I wondered where you got them from? Many thanks, Frankie

  4. Hello Frankie :-)

    I got them from Poultry Park at Oxenhall. The original Ginger was from Omlet, Ginger too and Notmeg were from PP.

    If you do come over to get some, come and see me! I am only a couple of miles away.....


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