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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Saturday 16 April 2016

The most amazing Book/Boat launch ever.

I have just come back from the most wonderful weekend away in Pembrokeshire .

Friday I drove to Wales to stay with my friend Di and her lovely husband. We had a meal, drank some wine, chatted and had a great time :)

Sat we were up early to go to the launch ( both literally and figuratively) of Ffion Rees new venture, Falcon Boats and of Jackie Moris new book "The Seal Children"

There was some question as to if the weather would be too rough to go out on the sea, but Sat morning it calmed enough for us to go.  

 I am very scared of heights and we had to climb up this then walk down the lifeboat launch ramp (with a see through mesh floor!) to the bottom, in order to get in the boat.

I must admit I nearly failed to do it. but friends Jackie, Karin and Di helped me overcome my fear, and I made it to the boat.

We went out on the sea across Ramsey Sound and saw porpoises, a peregrine, seals and it was wonderful :) 

We sheltered in a cave from the rain and a seal came to say hello while Jackie talked about her book "Queen of the sky" based on Ffion's experiences of rescuing a peregrine falcon from the waters of Ramsey Sound, nursing her back to full health and then and finally releasing her.

We then went round the island and saw a beach of seals and listened to their song.

Seals popped up from the water to look at us and listen to Jackie

 Then Jackie read from her new book "The Seal Children" set in the abandoned village of Maes y Mynydd on the nearby mainland.

Steep steps back up after we landed.

In the evening we all met up at Solva Woolen Mill for a book launch party.  

Anna had made the place look even more lovely, with tables and flowers   - really beautiful.  We listened to stories from Jackie and ate a lovely meal. jackie brought her sketch books and told us about the books she is working on.

 Jackie usually does a small prize for the person who asks the most interesting question, but this time she gave me the present for being brave on the scary launch ramp that morning - I was honoured!

You can read a far better telling of events on Jackie's blog here

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