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!

Saturday 3 January 2015

Saturday - no power and very cold outside :(

We woke to no power and driving rain and a temp of 3 C outside so doing the hens etc was chilly this morning!

We were meant to be shooting at Mordiford but driving rain and low cloud cancelled that plan. As we still had no power by 9 am we decided we would go to Hereford earlier than planned and have tea and a hot breakfast -then do the shopping. So we did.

Compostgirl has finished at Guides but is going to be a Young Leader with her old Brownie pack so needs a different uniform top but unfortunately the Girlguiding shop was closed. We still had a wander around and looking in shops and tried on a few things - mainly boots :)

Very cold and wet and dreary weather here - we were glad to find the power was back on when we got home as we were not looking forward to getting out the Generator and going into that routine - it is a lot of work and everything takes far longer to do. We really are lucky in the UK to have electrickery on demand - many people all over the world do not and I am very grateful I can see to read and type this to you all by electricity :)

Steak tonight for me and fizzy water :) Day 3 of not drinking :) Will see how long I can keep it, just for the fun of it  :)

Night all, early start tomorrow as have lots to do outside here :)


  1. I am a Guide leader and we get a few Young leaders. Have a word with district and see if they provide uniform for them. We do in order to encourage a movement into YL and Senior section.

  2. Thanks for that Gillibob - I will ask her Guides Leader who I should talk to about that!


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