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!


Sunday, 8 January 2017

A very cramped Christmas 2010. 20 years of Compost Mansions #2

[ We have lived in Compost mansions for 20 years in 2017. So I have been looking back at all the things we have done since we moved in. Looking back through the blog at past posts I came across this one from winter 2010. Christmas 2010 where we were squished into the dining room, pressed into use as a living room. We lived like this for 12 months. I had forgotten!



Eating Christmas dinner in there at a fold down table in there as well having the tv, stereo, sofa and everything. Talk about squished! The sofa only just fitted across the room and you can just see the fold down table behind it. When it was time for meals we had to move the sofa back against the bookcase, to get the table out :)  ]

Nov 2010 The ongoing HUGE chore - Living area renovations.

As I think I might have mentioned, Compostman is in the middle of demolishing our main living room.

He has dug up and re concreted various bits of the floor and has recently been taking down the 1993 addition of a stone chimney breast around the woodburner. Nice though it is and local stone though it is, it is not in keeping with our 1906 brick cottage!
It also takes up vast amounts of floor and wall space and makes the room look very dark.




So it has been coming down over the holiday season. Fortunately it is all just cosmetic, although very substantially built!

We have be taking delivery of a skip for the large amount of mortar  and have a home for a lot of the stone and will also be keeping some for our own future needs.

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