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.

To learn more about us click on the About Compostwoman tab and remember to click on the photos to make them full size!

Wednesday 2 December 2009

Am very sad here..

Am very sad here..

Just after Compostman left to take Compostgirl to Brownies, at 6.15 a knock on the door was followed by a man saying he had found a cat in the road...it further transpired that his car had hit Sidney our lovely cat outside our house.

The man ( all credit for having the guts to tell me what had happened, and not just drive off...)
had brought Sid in to the garden, so I rushed inside to get a solid board, towel and warm blanket, plus phone..we lifted Sid ( who was alive but not moving) onto the board, and I covered him up and went inside to phone the vet...

I got Sid (on the board, wrapped up) into my car and sped to the vets, ..at 6 30 pm he was given oxygen..at 8 pm a phone call told me he was stable, seemed to have a broken pelvis from the initial X ray but his breathing was still worrying them...but they could see no major, other injuries...so we were all happy and I was telling a distraught CG that maybe Sid might be OK, eventually....

but as the vet was talking to me there was a shout for her as he had stopped breathing...and when she called me back 5 min later it was with the news that he had stopped breathing and despite CPR, had died....

CG is over come with grief..we are numb with shock..Sid was the rescue young cat we got last year..after the Monty puss shaped hole had ceased to hurt quite so badly..he was lovely, friendly, a character and so motherly to the 2 kittens Tom and Tabitha...

RIP Sidney Puss, we will ALL miss you so very much.....


  1. CW...I am so terribly sorry to hear this awful news... I am sitting here with tears streaming down my face and wishing I could do something to make you all feel better........ but all I can do is send you, CG and Mr CW a (((HUGE HUG))...........
    All Of My Love, Jane xxx

  2. Oh, I am so sorry to hear that. We haven't let our cats outside at all since we live too close to a busy highway. Give Compostgirl a hug for me.

  3. So very sorry for your loss.

    RIP Sid.

  4. I'm so sorry to read of your loss. Our kitties are as dear to us as family and to lose one suddenly like that is very hard to take. Our prayers are with you and your family.

  5. Hugs! So sorry to hear about Sid. It is so hard to lose a furry friend.

  6. I'm so sorry to hear about Sidney ... it's the one thing we all dread as cat owners. You did everything you could to give him a chance, poor mite. My heart goes out to you and your family ...

    Willow xxx

  7. Much love to you all from another cat lover.

    Sid had a good life with you all be it not long (like my Mr Tibbs). I also lost my Snowy cat this year too, after 13 years; no matter how long or how short a time they spend with you they leave their mark of love.

    RIP Sidney puss and as I said, love to you all.

  8. Oh, CW, that's awful, I'm so sorry. Hugs for you and GC :(

  9. So sad. I lost the beautiful Levana the same way, and it was so sad to give her back to Bast. My condolences.

  10. So so sorry - just awful when you lose a puss. Sending virtual hugs and a large gin.

  11. :( Such a sad story and one all cat lovers can relate to.

    Much love to you all xx

  12. i am so sorry for your loss....


  14. Devastating CJ. The Guy was obviously an animal lover and he must be really upset too. The thing is, most RTA involving cats happen at night. Still people think it's cruel to keep them in... perhaps having being called out to so many, picked up so many *very often uncastrated Toms) and never finding their owners I have a different view. Dusk comes and mine are in. I really feel for you hun, its a terrible thing when it's unexpected especially.
    Blessings, Poppie xxx

  15. oh no i am so sorry to read this, I have been very ill & not on the computer for a while,give CG a huge huge hug from the smalls & I,I truly know how this feels :o(
    Sid looked a darling a real darling x x x I am so pleased the man had the courage to bring him in, the git that killed Mabel & we know who it was,never said a word.
    Thinking of you all
    GTM x x x

  16. :-( If it can be of any help, time heals all wounds and one days smiles replace tears when we think of the precious ones we lost...

    May you and yours smile again soon at Sid Puss' antics remembered.


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