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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Thursday 18 February 2010

No power Thursday....

Hello all

Have had no power today, the electicity supply people have been cutting down big branches from trees which were interfering with the overhead cables.

So after a breakfast of boiled eggs, toast and tea ( thank the gods for the Aga! ) and washing up in hot water from the Aga, the woodburner and the solar thermal tubes ( thank you renewable energy gods/godessess......!)

We decided that it was a good day to go out to Hereford shopping for various essentials ( including shoes for Compostgirl who is having a HUGE growth spurt...)

I might also add that the snow is really quite bad here, thick layer everywhere and the roads are rather covered....

My day has also somewhat been ruined by my developing an abcess last night on the sole of my foot, caused I think by a thorn or some such...making it v painful to walk.  Compostman tried to lance it for me this morning and got some pus out but not enough, even though I soaked the offending foot in very hot water with a lot of Lavender essential oil dripped into it...and then put on a plaster with more lavender on the pad.

But... now my foot is swollen and red and throbbing...and I am finding it very hard to walk around on it......

suspect I may be a A & E case or down at my GP tomorrow, if it does not abate overnight...feel rather hot and odd tbh....so am off to bed soonest....


  1. That sounds very painful and frustrating. I hope it's feeling better by the time you read this. Hugs

  2. Oh bless you, that does sound infected - hope you get it sorted!

  3. Compsost woman, I am not a doctor, but redness, swelling and a fever sounds like an infection to me. Hope it abates overnight, and if not the GP has a good fix and you are feeling right as rain soon.

  4. Oohh - I hope your foot gets better soon...there's nothing worse than one on your foot. Sounds like you may need antibiotics ;0(


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