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 10 July 2010

Peace and quiet

Today I am relishing the peace and quiet, after 2 solid days of JCB digger-ing and scraper-ing and the sound and dust involved in loading up a very large farm trailer with stone from our drive ( old drive?) . Which was repeated at roughly 30 mins intervals from 9 am until 5 pm yesterday and today.
The sound will all start again on Monday, but then, ah THEN we will be laying geotextile down on the ground and then the noise will be NEW stone ( local!) and gravel ( local!) going down.

I can’t wait to have a lovely, weed free, level, tidy, bigger drive and yard. I loathed how bad the old stuff had become, it looked awful, but not being prepared to use weedkiller, once it got beyond hand weeding or raking, we were doomed. I couldn't let clients park on it, either!

And it wasn’t done very well, in the first place I think.

So, we are enjoying the respite from noise and dust, even though we asked for it!  And we have cut the grass today by scythe and hand mower, to keep the noise level down so we can hear the skylarks singing in the sky overhead.

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