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.

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Sunday 5 June 2011

Wine and cider bottling

Busy day here today; Cg off out to friends all day so am going to sort out kitchen of doom and clear up some more felled beech. Have already "beech picked" the best bits of wood for turning....

I want to bottle 3 Djs of wine so before I can wash and sterilise the bottles, I need to clear out the sink end of the kitchen ( as there is "stuff" all over the benches either side and I have NO ROOM to work, there....)

Am ashamed to admit the only time this "stuff" gets put away is when we are bottling alcohol... Embarassed

I am sure the reason the stuff creeps back , is because we regularly use it around the sink/food prep area, but it lurks on the bench tops and looks messy.

I like clear benches.Very Happy

Anyway, surfaces cleared, cleaned down, bench in lower kitchen cleared, cleaned down, clean bottles retrieved from loft ( thank you Cm), assorted stuff washed up and put away so area clear to work on.
Lunch made around me by Cm, and then 30 l of cider moved on into cleanstorage and 20 bottles of plum wine bottled up.

Had a few accidental "samples" on the way, as you tend to when syphoning, Also cleaned out utility room sink, animal food prep area, cat feeding areas ( how the heck to they splatter gravy 5 ft up a wall?????)

Am shattered.


  1. I'll admit it. I have 'stuff' that accumulates on the counters. Some things get used so often that it just seems to be more work than it's worth- putting them away and getting them right back out again.
    I'll be watching to see how your cider turns out.

  2. Looks just like my worktops, but everything seems to be handy when needed. I sometimes have to clear stuff when it gets out of hand, usually like yourself, bottling days.


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