Despite the snow that we have experienced over that last 24 hours we are still open for business and any soap orders will be posted as soon as we dig our way out!
But of course this post has nothing to do with business, well ok it has, but a different kind of business, the humanure composting pile.
As is the tradition around this time of year I put the lid on a pile and close it down so that it may rest and turn into rich compost over the next 16 months or so. It is still running hot, about 40c\104f as the microorganisms buzz around generating heat and killing any nasty pathogens that might be hiding out in the pile, although at this stage I’d guess it killed most things as the temperature had reached 55c\131f in the not too distant past. Still the real magic happens as the pile cools down and the fungi take over, they break it all down and are responsible for getting rid of all the courser material, which probably explains why the pile will reduce by more than half it’s original size over this resting period.
I know it looks a bit rustic, but this is my composting area, the pile on the left is the one I have just closed, the one in the middle was closed last December, the one on the right is the pile in use. Please note the closed front of the latest pile, I wish I had done this with the previous piles instead of using straw bales. Unfortunately the bales break down and the contents can spill out a little over time. Not a real problem, but better to have a solid construction.
Anyhow, that’s enough about compost, I only mention it as I know it will attract one if not two people to the blog. So what better way to finish the post than with a picture of our wandering goats. The fence no longer holds them and they have taken to following Gosia up from the stable after milking and wandering round the terrace, much to Jackies displeasure. If you look closely you can even see Dennis wandering off into the distance, away from the marauding goats!