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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Wednesday 11 January 2012


Oww oww oww my face hurts. AND I am lighter in the wallet by many hundred pounds...insult on top of injury!
I have just (yesterday) had a molar tooth root canal filled. It had an abcess in it and was loose and kept on flaring up and causing me pain - so I finally got the money together to have it treated ( no work like this done on the NHS - they would just extract it and I wanted to keep the tooth)
Actually the dentist was very good and it didn't hurt anymore than the absolute minimum - but it was STILL a root canal treatment on a molar and it was still 100 mins of life I do not wish to relive. 
I was in a lot of pain last night!
So - I had a very long sleep last night and was left to sleep until quite late this morning - I am up and about now, face still hurting but better - so am off to do some outdoor stuff in the wood and with the hens.


  1. Ouch! I hope you heal quickly.

  2. Yeah, I hope it heals quick and trouble-free! Procedures like root canals pack a punch, but it's great to have a dentist with skills to ease off the discomfort, eh? Take it easy for a while, and soon enough the memories will be just another distant memory.

  3. What can I say....OUCH!!

    If you put 'Beyond River Cottage' into Amazon and then choose the Used dvds you will find me as Sue's Big Clearout.

    If you then click on those words it will take you to my page where I think all the River Cottage dvds are still available.

    If you can get back in touch with me via my email address we can do a better deal on the ones you want!

    Sue xx


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