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!

Sunday 6 January 2013

Taking down the decorations

Yesterday it did not rain ( again!) and it was Twelth Night, so we spent a few minutes taking down the cards, removing the decorations from the tree and packing them carefully away for next year, Compostman took the tree outside - and then we spent ages vaccumning up the needles!

I was actually impressed at how few there were - obviously going to the field on Christmas Eve, eve ( ie Sunday 23 Dec) and cutting down a tree means it keeps much fresher and does not drop its needles so much!)

We did this in the morning, while Compostgirl did her Saturday jobs of room tidy, bird feeder restocking and guinea pig clean out.  After I let the hens out I spent some time in the Polytunnel, tidying up and putting things away. I managed to get a load of washing done as well as a good tidy up of the downstairs ( why do horizontal surfaces accumulate so much stuff? Why?)

Later I put the hens away for the night and we went out to Hereford, shopping. We did not leave home until 4.30 pm and IT WAS STILL LIGHT!  Hurrah!

I dropped into Hobbycraft hoping to buy another needle holder for felting, but they had sold out. I did buy some  Rico-Design-Can-Can-Wool not red and black though! I liked the purple shade so will make a scarf from it - that is the last of my craft budget money gone!

We went to Sainsbury and stocked up on ( mainly) basic stuff, not a huge shop though as we are planning on eating the cupboard and freezer items this month to reduce stocks ( We need to defrost one of the freezers!)

I also had arranged to collect a Tapestry frame from a Freecycler, but we could not find the house in the dark, so I have had to email my apologies to them.

And then after a meal we all settled in front of the woodburner to watch the Christmas "Outnumbered"  and then QI - Compostgirl and Man sat on the sofas and I sat at the table under my new lamp and did some more crochet squares and made some more fabric yarn from old clothes.


1 comment:

  1. Sounds like a perfect day. I think its nice to get the house back to normal in January. Jx


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