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, lecturer, writer and Forest School leader at Moors Wood . I am a Master Composter and have spent the last 11 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!
Saturday, 30 April 2016
RIP lovely Henny, I shall miss cuddling you :(
Tuesday, 26 April 2016
Sorry if this seems to make it all about me. It is not meant to do so. I have spent every year since, burning with the injustice faced by the families of those who dies. My Mum died - that is natural - they died due to an appalling lack of care and a horrific cover up.
Justice for the 96, at last
Monday, 25 April 2016
RIP Sweetiepie the Hen. Over 10 years old, an ex battery hen who came to us aged about 2 1/2 years old
and who has been the top hen ever since. She has survived 8 fox attacks ( several seriously injuring her) and led hens to safety many times. She also lead them into committing much mischief! Here she lead a daring raid into the house :)
She reared the Sweetie 6 ( Dorkings) as well as other broods of chicks and was always an excellent mum
and through out her long life she was a firm but fair top hen. This is Sweetie a few weeks ago.
For the last 5 years she was always accompanied by her good friend Henny; the two of them went round together at all times and slept in one nestbox for company. Henny is the large black rock hen standing behind Sweetiepie
Sweetie died this evening while I was at a meeting; I checked her before I left and it was obvious she was fading fast but was sat next to Henny. Henny was preening her feathers and crooning to her. I thought about ending her life then but as she did not seem in obvious pain I decided to check again when I got home. On my return I found them together; Sweetie having just died and Henny sheltering her still warm body under her large black glossy wing (as hens do to their chicks) .
RIP Sweetie. Much missed already xxx
Sunday, 17 April 2016
Then later on, I just heard the first nightingale of our year here. Also heard the first cuckoo in Moors Wood last week, on Monday.
Saturday, 16 April 2016
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 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.
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
Wednesday, 13 April 2016
So beautiful AND it works smile emoticon Amazing price! Thank you Compostman for spotting and buying it for me, smile emoticon it is beautiful; and so wonderfully engineered smile emoticon
Friday, 8 April 2016
I stayed here in a caravan with my family in 1969 when I was just 7 while we looked for houses in the Worcester area. I remember discovering what I thought was a river, all overgrown and secret and wonderful. That was actually part of the then derelict Droitwich canal, now restored to its former glory along the full length from where it joins the River Severn to where it links with the Worcester and Birmingham canal
It was a very muddy day!
Then we drove along back lanes to Droitwich to look at the canal basin there and eat our picnic lunch.
Finally we went up to the junction canal where it joins with the W and B canal. A magnificent flight of very deep locks there!
you can read more about my day on my work blog, Moors Wood
Tuesday, 5 April 2016
Monday, 4 April 2016
I have recently stocked up on bags of seed and multipurpose growing medium and thought readers might be interesting in this excellent blog post e about growing herbs, with a bit about the history of Fertile Fibre.
Fertile Fibre Coir Coco Peat: Growing Herbs in Fertile Fibre: