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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Monday 2 January 2012

Meet the Christmas present hens

I have realised that I never got around to posting up pictures of my Christmas present hens from Compostman...so here they are :-)

We got them from Newland Grange near Malvern, a lovely place with beautifully looked after hens for sale.

This is Pearl, she is a White Star ( a White Leghorn)  and she lays pure white eggs. She is quite flighty!

This is Snowflake, she is a Light Sussex, a rarish breed. She lays pinky brown eggs and is very sweet.

This is Nightshade, a Silver Sussex ( yes, I know she is black!) She is very shy and sweet and spends a lot of time sitting on my feet. She lays pinky brown eggs as well.

My furry familiar Cassie comes with me to see the hens and comments loudly on all that I ( and they) do.

Snowflake and Nightshade are not amused!


  1. Bless! Haven't seen Leghorns in this country before. I like the "One Eyed Chicken Look" the birds are giving the cat...I gave my tortie cat to friends of mine living in Wales and she has a mortal terror of chickens now after they gave her what for. Wishing you luck on the chicken front and hope they live long and healthy!

  2. Oh! i thought your ex batts were the presents!!!!!!! I look forward to seeing the progress on your ex batts, i thought about them this morning as I spent my usual time talking with mione this morning. Everytime i see them stretch, sunbath, dirt bath etc etc I think of the life they once had and then to all the others who remain in cages. Cant wait til theres a world wide ban on cages
    Love Craftycherry


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