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!

Sunday 31 December 2017

A Happier New Year, I hope!

Well another Christmas week done.

I do hope 2018 is a better one for all of us here at Compost Mansions. 

Certainly the last week of 2017 has lived up to our  expectations of yet more bad stuff happening. 

On Boxing Day Tom Cat had to have an emergency trip to the Vet  because he had a urinary problem last night and has a history of serious bladder blockages so we are super cautious if he has pain and difficulty weeing. We had to leave him at the vets for a scan and treatment. 

We came home, concerned about The Ledbury Hunt being in our area (they meet in town on Boxing Day so usually hunt around our area after  ) so when we heard a shout and a bark, I rushed outside. 

A neighbour walking her (unleashed) dog past our house, on the lane, the dog had entered our drive and killed Biggles the Serama cockerel, and Mille his hen was nowhere to be found. This was, as you can imagine, very distressing.

I then went to collect Tom Cat, he's got a uti and was very poorly, 

I spent late Boxing Day afternoon looking for Millie, while shutting away other chickens  and all three cats as the Hunt were very close to us.

Mille the Serama Hen re appeared in the lean to after dark, was v shocked and distressed.

I then spent the last of the daylight disposing of poor old Biggles.

HerHer to 2018!

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