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.

To learn more about us click on the About Compostwoman tab and remember to click on the photos to make them full size!

Monday 16 January 2012


Wassailing this year at Hellens, to see in the New Year and bless the fruit trees for the coming season. Compostgirl and I went - Compostman sadly did not come as he felt unwell and it was VERY cold indeed. We met up with a friend, Angie and then saw lots of other friends there :-) it is a big social occasion around us :-)

 We gathered in the courtyard and ate and drank,


then processed to the orchard, some carrying flaming torches. I had one :-)

We made a circle around the  centre tree and small bonfires and the Morris Men danced and sang, the fires were then lit from our torches and there was more singing and dancing, libations and food were offered to the tree  and noises were made to scare away evil influences which might blight the harvest.


  1. Love the Wassailing and thanks for the link to my blog, I've not looked at it for a year but thought seen as I'm so busy I'd start doing it again

  2. Very pleased to have found your blog. We share many things in common although we are henless at the moment:( I do miss them so. I would love to share this post on Wassail with my blog readers. Many are from overseas and I think would find this fascinating. How would you feel about this, I am not trying to steal your work!
    Good luck with your poor battery hens. Actually, no longer poor, they have been adopted by a good home.


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