Hello and welcome to The Compost Bin. I'm Compostwoman and I live in Herefordshire with Compostman and teenage daughter Compostgirl. We have just under 4 acres of land which contains a woodland, polytunnel, small orchard, garden and veg plot. We grow our own organic produce and make lots of cider, wine, jam and chutney. We also make a lot of compost. We share our lives with Chickens, Cats, Guinea Pigs and assorted wildlife. We try our best to live a more self reliant lifestyle, growing and making and fixing and mending and re-using and re-cycling stuff, if we can.
I used to be a Research Scientist, but that was many years ago. I now work as a freelance environmental educator/writer/lecturer/Forest School practitioner and community artist; I also spend a lot of time volunteering as a Master Composter, Master Gardener, Love Food Hate Waste cookery demonstrator and hens@home mentor. Doing all this allows me the privilege of helping people have fun outdoors and live more enjoyable and sustainable lives.
This blog is a record of what I have been up to from day to day. I might write about something I have done in the garden, an article I have written for a magazine, the latest batch of chutney I have made, a training course I have attended or "just" my daily routine of cats, chickens, compost and mud.
I hope you find something to interest you in The Compost Bin, remember there are lots of "How to" guides about all sorts of stuff and remember to click on the photos to make them full size!
Wednesday, 18 August 2010
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 ) 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!