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 18 June 2012

De cluttering

I have just "sold" some books back to Amazon using their new Trade In scheme. I am really pleased , as I got £60 in Amazon gift vouchers, for books I would have given to the charity shop otherwise. Interesting scheme! And I do still give books to charity shops :-)  
I have SO many books - I am having a bit of a de clutter here at Compost Mansions and lots are finding new homes. I must admit I am surprised at the prices some of them made with Amazon :-) Nearly the new price in several cases ( teaching textbooks mainly, from my course 2 years ago)
I have also had a clear out in the Pink Bedroom, which is the guest room but tends to become a bit of a dumping ground for "stuff".

So am pleased that I now have 3 dustbin bags full of stuff to go to the charity shops in Ledbury, as well as another bag of old clothes for rug making and duster making.

I attribute this burst of energy to my following The Harcombe Diet for the last week and not only have I lost some weight, but I do feel amazingly energetic - so a win-win situation all round :-)


  1. Hello, just found your blog via 'data creata' (frugal in Norfolk. Interesting about Amazon buying books from you, I will have to look into it as I also am on a decluttering mission and found loads of books in my shed yesterday. Thanks for the head up on that one. Great blog.

  2. So not only does the Harcombe Diet improve our figures and our health, it also improves the look of our homes and the bank balance.

    Most definitely a win win situation.

    Sue xx


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