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, writer and Forest School leader at Moors Wood . I am a Master Composter and spent 10 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!
Friday, 31 December 2010
Monday, 27 December 2010
Hens are still disgusted though...the snow has not gone away so they are inside the Mega Hen Pen and are refusing to set foot in the nasty white cold stuff...
I also cleaned out the guinea pig hutch and the rabbit hutch, sorted out the study and did some crafting and mending.
Sunday, 26 December 2010
Saturday, 25 December 2010
A Cheese making kit....for hard and soft cheese, with a press and moulds and all...
A Lace making kit...
The book of the TV series Edwardian Farm and the 2 Stephen Fry autobiogs to read
and a bottle of Spietzia face oil, which I love, it smells of roses and vanilla.
Feel very lucky and pampered today!
Compostman and Compostgirl seemed to appreciate their gifts as well and we have had a quiet, friendly family day together...which was the very best gift of all!
Merry Christmas to all, its glorious here, sunny, blue sky, a balmy - 8 now, was -13 overnight (!)
Beef is slow cooking in bottom oven of Aga, went in about 8 am and will be done late afternoon...yorkshire batter resting, some presents have been opened, more to come...
all lovely but best one so far is the Cheese Making Kit (Hard and Soft) (thank you to my lovely Compostman , how he got it delivered I do not know... )
And the Lace Making Kit - Thank you Compostgirl
So some lovely crafty days to come for me, some involving milk I think!
I hope you all have lovely lovely days full of peace, fun, food and laughter ( and cheese).
Friday, 24 December 2010
From all of us here at Compost Mansions, the humans, the feathery two legged and the furry four legged ones.
May you have a lovely, lovely holiday time!
Friday, 17 December 2010
We also made sure all the store cupboard items were stocked up, likewise the small animal food. Will be getting more hen food and bedding tomorrow to make sure we have a good supply in the barn.
Also I now have all presents sorted and all stuff sent apart from cards which go tomorrow.
We have made sure that the fuel for cars and the generator is sufficient, just in case we have a power outage or several ( as is normal)
We are doing this becaues we expect more of the white stuff and disruption next week so are making sure we are prepped and ready for Yule/Xmas, now, just in case!
I am feeling a bit rough now, but managed a day on my feet today and did hens, small pets and some seasonal stuff as well as sitting in the car, so am on the mend again I hope.
But have to go and have investigations as to why I keep on having bouts of this as it is getting too frequent....
Thursday, 16 December 2010
House smells delish though, as yesterday I have been making soaps and lotions balms and and bath bombs and all sorts of stuff. I thought up some new recipes for various soaps, lotions etc while I was bed bound and made some notes and read a few reference books on ingredients, essential oils etc.
As soon as I was well enough I set out to weigh and measure out ingredients and and have made some really lovely stuff as a result. I make stuff like this as gifts and for our own use all year round but am thinking of maybe opening an online shop as I AM a qualified Aroma/Holistic Therapist so it seems like a good idea to sell some of the lovely, organic stuff I make!
We need smellovision on this blog... :-) Pictures WILL follow!
Compostgirl got very confused this morning when she saw some bath bombs in cupcake cases curing in the kitchen, she thought I had left some cakes out in the open to go stale!
Tuesday, 14 December 2010
Hopefully will be up and about later on, got up yesterday for a couple of hours, did a few chores, made myself worse, went back to lie down again.....
Thank you all for the good wishes and hope you are all well, enjoying the season and ready for the up coming celebrations.
Don't forget the lunar eclipse on the Solstice! Am looking forward to that, if it is clear ( didn't see any of the lightshow last night due to cloud grrr......)
Monday, 13 December 2010
Compostman bought a small ish LCD tv with DVD player and has installed it in our bedroom temporarily, so when I am able I can watch TV from the bed, so I enjoyed River Cottage and am catching up with some opera DVDs, as with those, if I can't watch I can at least listen! TV is destined to be a "floating TV" and will replace huge CRT/DVD player/digibox set up in guest room, which takes up much needed extra space, or can be moved into our room or Compostgirl's room as needed....so am glad he decided to buy it tbh.
Rather sad that I had to miss Cg's production of "Scrooge" today, am a bit gutted as am unlikely to be well enough to go to tomorrow's performance either...
but I know from bitter experience the ONLY way to shift this is with lots of dark room rest....so am actually doing just that ( shock horror! Am actually DOING WHAT I AM TOLD!!! )
Hopefully doing this will get me recovered asap so I can get back to the million and one things I need to do, and so let Compostman get on with all the million and one things HE is supposed to be doing, and instead is doing MY chores as well as his...
Feel bad about that; don't like to shirk, but have no choice as I fall over when I try to stand up! Have already bashed my face about due to a tumble....
Hope you are all ok and enjoying the run up to the festivities....
Off back to bed, it took me 3 hours to compose this in Word...so have had enough now.
Saturday, 11 December 2010
Thursday, 9 December 2010
We have had a fun morning of keeping cats separate from each other and food...Cassi Cat came on heat yesterday so guess where she is off to now? Yep, the Vets. So she had to be starved overnight...boy did she make a fuss. Poor little mite.
Still, maybe Tom and Tabitha won't bash her up so much once she is neutered...the violence from Tabs has ramped up again this last week, I wonder if Cassi smelled different or something?
Stay warm and safe, everybody
Tuesday, 7 December 2010
Monday, 6 December 2010
Sunday, 5 December 2010
Cassi cat has taken to throwing herself around in a wanton manner, making wild suggestive vocalisiations......suspect puberty has hit! Guess who will be visiting the vets this week?
Saturday, 4 December 2010
He is also taking yet more rubble from the sitting room floor to the recycling site. It is amazing just how much is coming out of that room.....
I am ironing and sewing and tidying, as enforced house time means I can catch up on such chores. Compostgirl is reading. Cats are curled up on sofa, very bored with it all!
Hope everyone stays safe and warm.
Friday, 3 December 2010
It is lunchtime (1.30) and it has only just got up to - 4 here outside, and it was - 11 last night! All three cats wre snuggled on our bed in the night.
I am now using warm water to put in the animals's drinkers as otherwise it freezes really quickly. Have just given the hens some warm mash and a few treats, they are obviously really unhappy as I have only had 4 eggs today!
Compostgirl about to come home, think I will shut up the animals and then watch a dvd with her...feel like I have been punched in the face, and just want to sit down all the time...still did lots of decluttering for charity shop (when I can get to it, not going in today) and stuff for school fete.
Hens finally gone on strike at the cold, only had 4 eggs today...!
Hope everyone is staying warm and safe.
Thursday, 2 December 2010
We went into Hereford today to watch Compostgirl take part in a Singalong organised by Sing Up. Was wonderful but was in Hereford Shire Hall, a HUGE Georgian pile with huge windows and no heating discernable. It was absolutely freezing in there sitting watching for 2 hours!
We also went shopping and stocked up on various stuff, not panic buying as we have a lot of stored items here, but things which we might run out of if snowed in for a week or so ( as we were in Janueary this year)
Drive back was "interesting", there seem to be lots of people who don't know how to drive on snow and ice...which was worrying!
Off out to do animals now, and then, some hot tea!
Wednesday, 1 December 2010
Downstairs is warm but the room I am in is not zoned for heat until later on in the day.
Have been struggling to keep the animal's water unfrozen here, I have to keep going out and changing the drinkers, bring the frozen up ones in to thaw and then go out with them later to swop with the now frozen up ones I put out an hour ago.....
As you may gather I am not a fan of snow and ice!