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!

Wednesday 12 August 2015

BLE Weekend Bournemouth Aug 2015

I spent the first weekend of August away at a Big Lunch Extras weekend workshop in lovely Bournemouth.

I drove down on the Fri, pausing on the way to visit Durrington Walls

 and Stonehenge

and stayed at a very nice B and B in Ringwood, returning home Monday afternoon. This was the weekend of the "Blue Moon" and boy was it bright at night!

I had some excellent meals out

as well as some "picnic" style evening meals in my room. The breakfasts were excellent at my b and b :)

On Sat after an excellent breakfast  I made my way to the BLE workshop venue. Tired due to sleeping poorly because of the amazing Blue Moon - so bright and lovely, but I sleep little when the moon is full.

I really enjoyed the BLE event - we discussed ways to engage with our local communities; shared ideas on how to provide different events to fund raise or gain support for our social enterprise, heard about the Fairtrade movement, were told about the Waitrose Corporate Social  Responsibility scheme, did some stop motion animation and generally had a great time. An amazing lunch was provided by an excellent local social enterprise.

Sat evening I had a paddle in the sea then picked up a selection of salad and cooked meats and a small bottle of wine and retired to my room to shower, eat, read and watch  tv - bliss :)

Sunday we had a tour of some amazing street art and then joined in a community street party.

I drove to Corfe Castle and had a pleasant wander around but unfortunately Camp Bestival was ending that day so the journey back to the b and b was very slow! I had another "picnic" style meal in my room, showered and read/wrote in my journal for the rest of the evening. I went to bed early as the Blue Moon has kept me awake the on Fri night.

Monday after another excellent breakfast I headed for home - I stopped in Salisbury and had a look around and some lunch.then continuesd -doing a journey very familiar get to home, as we used to take the racing car to Gurston Down Hillclimb many times a year. Strange to drive roads so familiar once but not taken for nearly 20 years.

All in all a very enjoyable road trip for me and a nice and useful break.

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