One of the great things about living where we do now, with plenty of outside space, is being able to indulge my love of bonfires. We are pretty good about recycling what we can: timber of any size gets cut up to feed the woodburning stove, glass, plastic, newspapers and tins go to the recycling centre, and we produce very little actual waste for the wheely bin. We also compost just about anything from the garden that will rot down to go back on the soil. This is how our (main) compost bins look now, with the corrugated metal panels which were in stock for the postbarn extension before the plan for the completely new implement store emerged.
And food waste? Well we tend not to have it - isn't food for eating? But we save miscellaneous paper to burn in the field as a starter for the clippings and perennial weeds which can't be composted.
So every now and then I have the fun of managing an unruly heap from this:
In my experience, not everyone realises what a skilled, responsible and time-consuming task this is, feeling rather that the three hours or so spent in this way could have been devoted to rather more pressing and creative tasks - digging, weeding, etc. However, a true fire-raiser must stand up for his art.
Just in case anyone feels that not enough real work has been going on in the field recently, here is proof of stone-moving on a grand scale. I have been bagging and stacking our rough field stone for years pending the rebuilding of broken drystone walls around the outbuildings, and it has had to be moved to clear the site for the new store.
Having discovered that UV light makes a real mess of plastic bags in 5 years or so, this time it is going on a bed of corrugated sheets, thus:
This corner of the field will need a new name - Stone Store and Snail Sanctuary are the current possibilities.