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.

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Friday 16 October 2009

Spike goes a visiting....

Spike went a-visiting yesterday !

I am rather unwell with a sore throat and cough so Compostman stepped in for me and helped at Eco club yesterday. As Spike is now recovered and eating well, Compostman took him into school as the plan was to make some hibernation houses for insects and things...

and Spike was an absolute star! He uncurled and trotted around the inside of the circle of children sat on the floor, stopping to sniff at them and generally be very friendly. The children adored him!

Compostman talked about hibernation and how/why hedgehogs hibernate. He also discussed with the children about what happens to the late summer baby hedgehogs and why "autumn orphan" hedgehogs are unlikely to survive the winter and hibernation without human help. (For those who don't know, a hoggie needs to be at least 500g to survive hibernation and waking up in spring, and the late babies often don't have time to get to this weight before the food runs out)

Compostman mentioned that Spike wasn't really ill, as such, when he was found on the school field (although he looked it) but was just cold and hungry and thirsty. When Compostman added that Spike had probably got separated from his mum, several of the children had to be stopped from running up the field to look for her....ah bless!

Spike is now back in his cage, in the warm, tucking into yet more cat meat and has gained 10% of his body weight in 1 day... !


  1. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh... Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh...
    Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh........ Spike is soooooooooo gorgeous... and I adore his noisy eating habits...... This has cheered me up no end as having such a carp day!!!!!
    Much Love, Jane xxxxxxxxxxxx

  2. My brain just jumped from cat meat = cat!!! Then back to cat food...whew! Lol.

  3. Jane, if you could smwll the video, you would NOT say he was cute! Poooo! He is so smelly!

    Tpals...cat food ! lol!

    Mind you, the cats HATE him...every cat I have ever had who has seen a hoggie has hated them....

  4. I love Spike! Glad he's feeling better and putting on weight.

  5. What a star! Good ol' Spike. I think kids learn enormously from close contact with animals & nature :-D. Do hope you feel better soon xx


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