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!

Monday 7 July 2014

On the mend.

Thank you, all of you, for the good wishes and comments recently :) I am now mobile and out of bed and on the way to recovery - still on medication and still feeling general pain but the hand and arm now look like they are  my hand and arm, again.

So here are some of the things we have been up to in the last few weeks before the dreaded Blandford Fly got to me!

I only have two chickens now, but Poppet (aka Amber) and Sweetie are doing their best to create as much mayhem as a whole flock of hens!  With the various digging and weeding and new flower bed creating going on here they have had ample chance to dig up seedlings, dust bathe in new seed beds and generally be, well, hens.

And then they have to have a snooze, to recharge their batteries, ready for the next bout of naughtiness :)

 Annoying though their antics sometimes are, I would not be without them :)

I hope to have some more hens soon but am re thinking how and where to keep them to try to avoid more fox losses.


  1. We had to build a fully enclosed run for our chickens in the end - not that we've had problems with foxes in the last few years, luckily, but they were hiding their eggs, eating all my vegetables and it was a constant anxiety whether the dog would get one. Now, I've got more eggs than I know what to do with, of course.
    Glad the arm is recovering. You've certainly alerted us to the danger of insect bites.

    1. I will contact you to ask what your set up is like, Z. I wish I could have come to the blog party then I would have not only met you in person but had a good look!

      I am astonished at how badly the bite has affected me :(

  2. So sorry to hear about your Blandford Fly bite. I somehow missed your post (I use Bloglovin', and I seem to have missed a few posts in the last couple of weeks). Your arm looked horrendous, so glad t hear you are recovering. Take it easy, I would guess it will be a while before the toxins are completelt out of your system xxx

    1. I think that is the problem Hazel - the antibiotics and the bite stuff have really knocked me for six.

  3. Glad your better, your right you have got a twitter button, it's next to your FB button lol I'm rubbish with computers! or just completely nuts ;)

  4. Or I have not made it obvious enough ...! Anyway, glad you are here :)

  5. I'm thinking of building a line of chicken pens so I can rotate them but like everything it takes too much time. Free range doesn't work here anymore, not all the time anyway!

  6. A few chickens can be more precious than a flock. You certainly get to know their personalities intimately!


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