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, which we share with Chickens, Cats, Guinea Pigs 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 work as an environmental educator, lecturer, writer and Forest School leader at Moors Wood .
I am a Master Composter and have spent the last 11 years as a volunteer Community Compost adviser with Garden Organic and my local Council.
I offer talks and run workshops and events where we talk about compost, veg growing, chicken keeping, cooking, preserving and sustainable living. We also make crafts and have fun. 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!

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Birthday weekend :-)

This has been a very good weekend.  Compostgirl turned 12 ( 12! where has the time gone!) on Thurday and we did various family things on the actual day.

It was a bright and sunny but very cold weekend so I managed on Sat morning to clean out the hens houses ( with help from Compostman) and Compostgirl did her usual clean out of the guinea pigs and re stocked the bird feeders - they need doing three times a week, now.

Then - much excitement! Compostgirl had her best friend over for a sleepover - we had a sociable lunch with friend, her brother , their  mum and we all had a good catch up and then we went to Ledbury, the girls went off together shopping while Compostman and I had a wander around the shops, we met up with the girls and went home and they watched a dvd on the big TV.

We ate pizza and salad and cake for supper, and the girls played games and danced to a dvd ( "Gangnam Style" was played a lot!) I offered them the choice of the "X Factor"/more films but they declined in favour of more of the dance DVD!

I also taught Compostgilr's friend to crochet a "granny square" (after she asked me to - she was keen to learn to do this) Compostgirl looked on with interest  but chose not to join in with, which was fine.

They went off to bed at 930 pm and gossiped late into the night - so late, in fact, that they did not wake up until after 9 am the next morning :-)

A yummy lunch of catalan chicken and cheesecake and a lazy time of tv watching ( more dance dvds!), presant admiring and game playing followed until it was time for friend to go home.

Later we watched Countryfile while I did some sewing and mended a rather tatty duvet cover , a favourite of Compostgirls, and restored it to working order again.

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