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, which we share with Chickens, Cats, Guinea Pigs 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 work as an environmental educator, writer and Forest School leader at Moors Wood . I am a Master Composter and spent 10 years as a volunteer Community Compost adviser with Garden Organic and my local Council. I offer talks and run workshops and events where we talk about compost, veg growing, chicken keeping, cooking, preserving and sustainable living. We also make crafts and have fun.
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!
Tuesday, 26 January 2016
I *was* panicking a bit yesterday having not got down to filing it online. Normally I get it done in October. But this year I didn't and then I prevaricated and left it until this week.
Fortunately I had actually done all the work in July 2015 to do the CTC claim - so when I finally stopped prevaricating and sat down to do it I found I had all the info ready and it took me an hour in total, rather than the day I was expecting:)
I also checked a few on line resources and found I had not been claiming a few expenses so added them in - just hope HMRC accept I *am* self employed! Even though I make very little money from what I do, I am a business.
Thursday, 21 January 2016
A huge welcome to Moley who was my surprise New Year Chokliteer Tribe membership creature. He has come to live with the rest of my Tribe and has already settled in and is demanding lots of choklit (Dark, of course! ) Thank you so much to the talented and creative Karin Celestine of Celestine and the Hare. Karin he is absolutely wonderful :) smile emoticon And I love his scarf so much as well!
For those of you who have NO idea what I am on about - go and have a look at Karin's website and/or Facebook page and prepare to be entranced :)
Sunday, 17 January 2016
Saturday, 9 January 2016
I have joined a local gym, golf club and swimming pool. I have done some Pilates classes, been swimming and today I had a lovely time swimming with Compostgirl (athough, we might just as well have just stood outside, in terms of getting soaked to the skin!)
On a more serious note, it is STILL raining - apart from a few hours of sunshine on a few days this week we have had rain every day for more than 2 months and mostly overcast skies. I am SO fed up of mud. As are the chickens.
I cannot get out to do ANYTHING on the land or in the wood as the ground is so sodden ( standing water on the surface) ; the Seramas spend most of the day hiding in the polytunnel; the big hens hardly bother to leave the Mega Hen Pen and if they do - they leg it to the shelter of the barn and hide in there all day, moaning. This meand I find eggs laid in very odd places some days!
Roll on Spring.