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!

Wednesday 23 May 2012

Chicken antics

THIS is what happens when I am sitting quietly in the shade at the edge of the wood, sowing seeds and pricking out small plants

A hen appears opposite, having jumped up on the bench. It is Marjoram, who peers myopically at me from behind the seed storage box.

Then jumps onto the bench top to inspect my work

  Babs sees what is going on and comes over to have a look...

- and jumps up onto the bench, crossing over to me.


 And up onto my shoulder

Cassi Cat, who is always around me when I am outside, jumps up to glare in disgust at the liberties being taken by "one of THOSE creatures"

Marjoram, meanwhile,  has taken the opportunity (while my attention is distracted) to investigate (i.e. trash) one of my planted up pots

I sometimes wonder how we get any work done around here!


  1. And yet, even with all your company, it's hard to imagine a more peaceful setting.

    Cheers and thanks for the smiles!

  2. Very nice post. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Hi there - just came across your blog and was immediately taken with the content and the charming photography documenting your numerous furred and feathered friends.
    I look forward to making regular visits!
    ... Nina.


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