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 14 April 2013

Saturday - wet morning, sunny afternoon in Newent.

Saturday morning here was appallingly wet! This is the view from my Study window - can you make out the "stair rod" type rain?

It also went very dark and very gloomy.

The rain stopped eventually and as the ground was so wet I decided to give up on Plan "A" ( veg patch digging) and go for Plan "B" ( go to Newent with a friend and her children, with Compostgirl)

Which left Compostman to do more DIY, helped by Cassi Cat. Don't worry, he wasn't actually up a ladder while we were out - this was after we came back home!

Newent is a lovely little Market town about 8 miles away from us, much like Ledbury but over the county border into Gloucestershire and with a different mix of small shops and a very lovely park and Lake. We had a look in the Patchwork /Quilting shop  :-) where I bought a few bits and bobs, we went into a couple of "new to us" charity shops - the children all found " finds" in them and then we had an excellent lunch in "The George" a very old Coaching Inn on the High Street. 

After lunch we walked around Newent Lake and it was then I realised - Spring has finally Sprung!  I spotted Daisies and Celendines in the grass, the first Ransoms were out and the green shoots of the Bluebells were cuite clealy there. The Ducks, Coots and Moorhens were all pairing off and nest building  - it was warm and the air smelt of that green, earthy, "alive" smell which is ...SPRING!

We came home and later, when I checked on my Potatoes in the Polytunnel, I found...this!

Can you see the green shoots poking through the compost :-)

Have you seen more signs of spring, where you are?


  1. Spring is most definitely showing signs here too finally!
    I did giggle at Mr CM up that ladder, it looks like he's either breaking in or making a quit exit out lol


    1. Cassi up the ladder behind him makes me laugh! She goes in and out of the window while he is working on it - painty paws can be a problem!

  2. Flowers on the blackthorn, leaves on the hawthorn. At last! - a sunny weekend has made all the difference.

    1. Our Magnolia tees are ( finally!) in bloom :-)

  3. Well done with your potatoes coming through. I planted mine up on Sunday, I'm sure they will be through in a couple of weeks or so.


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