Posted: 13/02/2016 at 13:27
Steve is right in every detail apart form the dog issue. What he recommends would be great with a less determined dog. My dog is mad, MAD about egg shells. She would do anything to get at them.
I think the most child/dog proof compost bin is the conical, admittedly rather ugly recycled plastic ones that the council sometimes supply. They are not at all perfect, since getting in to mix the compost, and getting the compost out is awkward, but they do work, especially if you put them in a warm spot. Tipping them over occasionally and mixing from the bottom seems to be the best way - better than the fiddly mixing/accessing from above or through daft little doors.You can sometimes buy them on ebay or gumtree second hand, or you might try converting the blue, plastic barrels that are used on farms if you have means to cut both ends off them and perhaps drill a few holes. Anything that covers the top will do as a lid as long as it doesn't blow away.
Your place sounds wonderful, a real treasure!