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!

Thursday 2 January 2014

Feeling slightly better :)

I feel a lot happier today, as I spent several hours in the Polytunnel getting my hands into soil and compost and planting and sowing stuff

I suspect I was suffering nature deficit disorder yesterday, as after several hours outside today with my hands in compost etc  I feel much more calm, if not physically better.

Am also back online now on my main pc, now with a super dooper new operating system and lots more memory.  Computer now working very well and very fast due to my lovely husband Compostman doing the work and buying the software for the upgrade (as part of my Christmas present :)

Lots of other old software for me still to re install, and my old drive to be plugged in as well but it is lovely to have a working pc again, rather than using my tablet to blog with.

Today we also had a trip to Ledbury to replenish our supplies - the Co Op is doing a "spend £20 and get a £5 voucher off your next shop" offer,   so we stocked up on  lots of staples ( mainly cat meat!) and also some of the Christmas luxury now reduced stuff and as we divided the shop into two batches, we saved £10 out of a £40 shop of stuff, most of which we needed anyway. Result! 

We also now have a house Guinea Pig - Mango is poorly and has lost an alarming amount of weight in the last few weeks so she has been brought inside and we are monitoring her food and water intake for a couple of days, ready to go to the vets if needed.

Many thanks to all of you who left a comment after my post yesterday - I do try to pace myself when I feel very unwell, but it is very hard with a long term illness and those of you who know me, know it is hard for me to do this!

Thank you for reading xxx


  1. Glad you're feeling better, or at least happier. Being under cover is best at this time of year, on the whole.
    I just checked the wodge of paper I got at the Co Op the other day - yes, £5 off - and two vouchers. I'll be stocking up on dog food and detergent, then!

  2. If it helps you appreciate your weather, our wind chills are bottoming out at about -50 tonight. I can't even open the pop door on the coop lest they lose precious warmth.

    I keep hoping this will be a better (easier) year for health.


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