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!

Friday 14 December 2012

Even the hens won't come out!

It is horrible outside here today in deepest Herefordshire - well as horrible as our lovely county ever can be!

Cold, dark and with a biting rain which makes every one feel damp and miserable.

The hens declined to come out of the Mega Hen Pen today, prefering to stay inside their run rather than brave the cold, damp wood and garden. I think that is a first for this batch of ex battery/ex barn hens - so far they have been amazingly keen to stand outside in the most horrible of weather


  1. Haha, our hens are resolutely refusing to come our today too! I brought them a bowl of warm green tea and while they gulped it down and were quite pleased for the wash mash I gave them at dinner, they looked rather disappointed I could do so little to change the weather. Hope the weekend brings an afternoon of sunshine for your birdies.

  2. Have they come out over the last few days? The temperature has risen slightly.

    Sft x

  3. My hens must be related to yours!
    We have a BIG STorm coming tonight.
    14-18 inches of snow will start to arrive soon. I haven't told them yet....
    Come visit the flock, in Vermont at www.tailgait.blogspot.com
    Happy New Year!


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