Hello and welcome to The Compost Bin. I'm Compostwoman and I live in Herefordshire with Compostman and teenage daughter Compostgirl. We have just under 4 acres of land which contains a woodland, polytunnel, small orchard, garden and veg plot. We grow our own organic produce and make lots of cider, wine, jam and chutney. We also make a lot of compost. We share our lives with Chickens, Cats, Guinea Pigs and assorted wildlife. We try our best to live a more self reliant lifestyle, growing and making and fixing and mending and re-using and re-cycling stuff, if we can.
I used to be a Research Scientist, but that was many years ago. I now work as a freelance environmental educator/writer/lecturer/Forest School practitioner and community artist; I also spend a lot of time volunteering as a Master Composter, Master Gardener, Love Food Hate Waste cookery demonstrator and hens@home mentor. Doing all this allows me the privilege of helping people have fun outdoors and live more enjoyable and sustainable lives.
This blog is a record of what I have been up to from day to day. I might write about something I have done in the garden, an article I have written for a magazine, the latest batch of chutney I have made, a training course I have attended or "just" my daily routine of cats, chickens, compost and mud.
I hope you find something to interest you in The Compost Bin, remember there are lots of "How to" guides about all sorts of stuff and remember to click on the photos to make them full size!
Thursday, 25 April 2013
Teeth, face aches and a dull day.
Not a lot happened today, really. I have a dreadful cold and am sneezing and bunged up and with face ache again - I am really getting fed up with it tbh and have done very little outside or inside as a result.
Compostgirl is being very brave as she had to have two upper pre- molars extracted yesterday evening (to make room for other teeth) Poor thing, she couldn't eat or drink much last night and slept very poorly so had the morning off school (only the second time this school year) She went in for the afternoon period and stayed for her club after school, but I think will not be attending Guides tonight. She is being so very sensible about it all and I am very proud of how she is handling all this - I remember having the same thing done when I was 11 and it is not nice at all.
We have decided to get some new hens this weekend as it is my birthday next week - we need some reliable egg layers and much as I love the Ginger Gang I fear their egg laying days realistically are over. Not quite sure what breeds to get, yet - I will have a think about that and a look at the website to see what is available. I want at least one White Star/Leghorn. though.
I am still looking for ideas for the redesign of the patio and garden and pool area - have a look at my Pinterest boards if you are interested in what I have found, so far.
This is the latest in my "view from my study window" photos. You can see the hedges have begun to turn green and the oak trees over the field are just showing buds now.
The Magnolia in the front garden is now in bloom - it looks lovely!
It is dull and gloomy but dry here at 6 pm - I think we will not see a fabulous sunset tonight as there is no sun. I need to go and water the plants in the polytunnel and maybe sow some more seeds - I did hope to get the onion sets in the ground today, but the face ache etc rather put a stop to it. Hopefully I will be better, tomorrow.
Have you all a good day? I hope so :-)