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, which we share with Chickens, Cats, Guinea Pigs 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 work as an environmental educator, lecturer, writer and Forest School leader at Moors Wood . I am a Master Composter and have spent the last 11 years as a volunteer Community Compost adviser with Garden Organic and my local Council. I offer talks and run workshops and events where we talk about compost, veg growing, chicken keeping, cooking, preserving and sustainable living. We also make crafts and have fun.

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!

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Busy day.

Today has been a busy day!

Have done washing, four loads, out, dried and put away! This for a day which the Met Office said would be wet and cold, well it was 27 here today with a hot SW breeze!

Have picked 15 Kg (!) of toms which are sitting waiting for me to do something with them. Have tidied up and done some mending and ironing ( yuck! I loath ironing! If I was going to EVER pay someone else to do work for me, it would be ironing.)

Have been to Ledbury and got various stuff from many small shops, which took 2 hours because all the parking spaces are taken up by summer visitors....so a 30 min trip took far longer...still, not as bad as when The Big Chill is on, Ledbury is full to bursting then and I avoid it. But it is great for the traders and lovely for the visitors, so I don't mind ;-)

Have also had to deal with a very stroppy CG today...finally made her sit down and actually DO the purse she was moaning about not sewing...she tried for a whole 5 mins yesterday to stitch it up and, because it was a bit hard (as she has not done it before Rolling Eyes ) she got cross. With me. And then threw a tantrum. Which lasted 3 hours, until bedtime.

So today I told her to sit down, be quiet and actually listen and do it the way I was suggesting and try it for more than 5 mins. She did, it worked, it was easy and she is now happy because she has made her purse.

We then spent a happy further hour making various other sewing stuff. She is really pleased because this is the very first thing she has designed, cut out, sewn and finished all by her self.

I am very impressed with her achievement!


  1. Good for her to return to the task after the tantrum ... that shows a lot of maturity. And well done you for not giving up!!!!!!!

  2. Thanks Jo!

    See next page for pics!


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