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!

Saturday, 16 October 2010

A poorly couple are we

Both Compostman and I are poorly at the moment, with some kind of fluey thing that makes us achey and sore and soooo very tired . But today was an important day for Compostgirl as her Brownie  troup were parading through Ledbury and and going to a church service to celebrate the Centenary of Girl Guiding. So...I asked a friend from just up the lane who very kindly took Compostgirl with her and her daughter to the Brownies church parade thingy so Compostman and I could have a rest.

Well Compostman did (he watched an old Bogart film) and I did for a bit, but then I remembered I needed to wash out demi johns for tomorrows marathon cider/juice making session...Shocked

So I started washing dj's and also juice bottles, then I moved on to bottle 3 dj's of cider to free up the dj's, then realised the plum wine needed racking off so did the 15 l of wine into 3 clean dj's ( which I had to clean out, first) Compostman helped me with the wine, I hasten to add!

Then I had a rest, but then...while getting out winemaking supplies from the Glory Hole, I "found" Embarassed 2 kilner jars of fruit vodka which had been in the dark since 2007, sitting on the fruit. so I tasted it and pronounced superb, so I bottled it and it is now awaiting labelling and either drinking by us ( bigger bottles) or going into gift baskets as presents (smaller bottles!. Along with various home made soaps, candles, chutneys and jams, home made biscuits and small fabric things will be added at a later date....I think these hampers will be an acceptable gift to various friends!

So...I am really having a rest, now!


  1. Lol cider making is alot of work but so rewarding, we've just made sloe vodka too! What fruit was in your vodka?

  2. ours was Damson and also Blackcurrant

    Cider making fun, as always


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