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.

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Thursday 30 October 2014

Charity auction at blue-ginger gallery, Cradley

Last Sunday I had such a great day :) After archery in the morning I set off to Cradley to a charity auction at blue-ginger gallery in aid of Acorns Children's Hospice appeal.

I was delayed by traffic so was really pleased I arrived just in time to bid, and win a wonderful drawing of dancing squirrels by ceramic artist Eleanor Bartleman. I also successfully bid on some wondrous drawings of a swan and a penguin by Jackie Morris and a fab drawing of a chicken by ceramic artist Elspeth Soper

Hard to choose a favourite but I think the best bid was for the baby Sloth Bear ( from the Jackie Morris book 'Something about a Bear') made by my friend Karin of Celestine and the Hare. I am so very very pleased that I won the ( rather tense!) bidding war on that item :)

Unfortunately she seems to have picked up some very bad habits from the Norty Weasles with respect to any choklit lying around.

Naughty Betty Bear!

Not yet sure how much money was raised for Acorns by the auction but it is several thousand pounds I would guess and it was a wonderful afternoon. Sue Lim the gallery owner put on a really good show and the donated artwork was all wonderful :) If you are near Cradley do pop in and have a look at the gallery  - it is a lovely place with a very good cafe as well as lots of wonderful art for sale and on display :) 


  1. Love the penguin! You've got to keep a close eye on those bears. ;)

    1. She is very norty! As are her other ursine siblings made by Karin ;)


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