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, lecturer, writer and Forest School leader at Moors Wood . I am a Master Composter and have spent the last 11 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!

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Some things we have been up to in September #1. Riding

 Over the summer holiday Compostgirl learnt to ride :)

We have a Riding School less than a mile away and she has been going every week for a few weeks now. After a few lessons she also progressed to hacking around the countryside.

 and so we get visits from her and her friends on Saturdays :) I make them tea and provide biscuits :) And I get to talk to their horses :)

It's handy having a large garden and a paddock :)

She is learning fast and can now canter and jump, and has also learnt how to muck out, clean tack, groom, stable and feed the horses. I had horses when I was her age and we now have great chats about riding and horses.

It has also reminded me how much I loved riding - I had three horses when I was Compostgirl's age and spent all my non school hours grooming, feeding, riding and chatting to them - somehow a horse is just such a great companion. I had purposefully shut all that off when I had to leave home at 17 as there was no way I could take my remaining horse with me and it was a huge sadness to leave him behind. I have not ridden since as I couldn't face it. 

But actually I have been reminded just how much I loved horses and how large a part of my life they were. Maybe if I can get my back stronger by losing weight I could have a gentle hack around? Compostgirl really wants me to come out with her so I am seriously thinking about it :).

But even if I don't take up riding again it is good to see Compostgirl enjoying herself with horses and a new group of friends.


  1. Do it. I miss my horse terribly and I would get another but just could not face the ending. Go, ride let the wind through your hair, nothing like it!
    Much love. X


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