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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Sunday 4 January 2015

Brrrr its cold outside!

I had a very poor night sleep so needed a caffeine fix as we were  off to Archery this morning - however freezing fog did not lift until 10.30 so we were late getting there and it was still below freezing while shooting! My fingers hurt :(

 After lunch I did a bit of computer work, went and did a bit in the polytunnel and chatted to the Seramas while I worked, but it was too blooming cold to cary on so I retreated inside to scale the ironing mountain in the sitting room. It was lovely and warm in there with the woodburner going!

I am also really pleased that I am back on track with the weight loss - my normal Sunday morning weigh in today had me the lightest I have been for 10 years

I wavered a bit over Christmas - after 5 and a half months of being very positive and pretty well 100% THD I went a bit off piste the last two weeks of Dec ( mainly wine and a few mixed meals - all real food and nothing processed) and put on 5 lbs. This is the first time I have gained since 28 th June so was not pleased with myself. But I learnt the lesson - I am not yet ready to eat carbs or drink wine as I start to crave sugar again.

So I am joining in with the Harcombe Jan Blitz and have been 100% P1 since 1st Jan and boy does it work!

Anyone else watching what they eat or drink, at the moment?


  1. Soon as I need to lose 3lbs for a slim fitting dress for DS's wedding next month.

    1. Try The Harcombe Diet? it really works and I suspect just 5 days of P1 would probably lose you those 3 lbs ?

  2. The only time I like ironing is when I want to warm up without putting the heating on!! Happy New Year to you and yours xx


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