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!

Tuesday 26 August 2014

What we did while we had no broadband #2 Archery, cleaning and meeting a remarkable tree :)

So during August we did a lot of grass cutting and hen house cleaning.

I only had two hens during early August so I moved them into one run and small house and gave the Mega Hen Pen and the other houses a good clean and scrub and also sanitised the ground in the runs. My plan was to get new hens towards the end of the month, as indeed happened.

Some of the long grass was made into hay and the rest went into the compost.

We also, as a family, learnt Archery. We took a three day beginners course at Bromyard Bowmen at the beginning of July and joined both them and Lugg Valley Archery. It has been great fun and is something we do, as a family, several times a week.

We also had visits from friends :) This is Jan, a Forest School Leader friend from Scotland, with her lovely dogs Pepper and Saffron. She dropped in on us on her way back home from a holiday in Wales. After a long chatty lunch we went to see the Much Marcle Yew Tree and Kempley Church.

So just a few things we have been doing :) More to follow.


  1. Nice to have you back in Blogland :-)

    That is one HUGE tree!!

  2. Archery is great fun, but haven't done it for yonks. My target practice (with the grandsons) is now done with a small low-power air pistol.


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