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, which we share with Chickens, Cats, Guinea Pigs 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 work as an environmental educator, writer and Forest School leader at Moors Wood . I am a Master Composter and spent 10 years as a volunteer Community Compost adviser with Garden Organic and my local Council. I offer talks and run workshops and events where we talk about compost, veg growing, chicken keeping, cooking, preserving and sustainable living. We also make crafts and have fun.
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!
Saturday, 1 February 2014
Yuck what a fowl day
Today was really horrible weather but the feathery ladies and the cockerel brothers needed cleaning out so, despite it being only 3 Celsius mid afternoon and pouring with rain I set to, to make them cleaner and more comfortable.
If we have animals we have to look after them, despite the horrible weather and our deep desire to just hide inside and drink hot tea and do crochet in front of the wood burner
Mud and water every where
So I togged up in waterproof coat, wellies and a lot of layers of clothes underneath. As I normally am mostly impervious to the worst the weather can throw at me and wear a t shirt and jeans in the most wet and horrible weather, this will give you an idea of howreally horrible working outside was today.
After a lot of mucking out, the contents of the hen run and hen houses were added to the compost bins
Creosote the cockerel was not impressed!
Normally I am much tidier with the bedding, but frankly in this weather I could not give a damn about spilled straw!
And the chickens were very pleased with the clean arrangements!