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!

Thursday 3 December 2009


So....this morning CM has brought Sid back from the vets. He has dug a very large hole under the Swamp Cypress in the wood, where Sid loved to sit at the very top and shout down to us...

We have shown his dead body to the other 3 cats, so they know where he has gone... all 3 cats had a really good sniff and Tom and Tabby both gave Sid face rubs and meeped at him, to try and wake him up.........and then..their tails drooped and they sniffed him all over very carefullly..then went slowly away....

Tabitha is very upset, she won't let us stroke her at all.....Tom is curled up where Sid used to sleep....making little mieows now and then...

and I have just found myself walking in to the room where Sid is currently lying on the floor, and still sort of expected him to jump up from the blanket and say hello to me....

But he won't.

Goodbye lovely Sid, we all love you very much and you gave us many happy times in your short time with us.

Some pictures of Sid.

Sid in characteristic mad pose, fast asleep!

Sid on his first day with us, last year, playing...always playing!

Sid, up a tree, always ready to climb...anything!


  1. Oh CJ... what can I say... I've been there myself so many times. It's sad, it's painful and you wonder why you have pets if it's gonna hurt this much when they go.
    Nothing I say will take that pain away. Ironic that they say that animals don't know any different etc. mine all know and feel and the tail dropping yes and rejection, I've felt that too, like somehow your trust has to be regained. All very emotional and sad.
    Sending you lots of squeezy hugs petal. Love Poppie xxx

  2. Thanks for sharing these lovely photos of Sid ... lovely memories for you and your family. It sounds as though you have found the perfect resting place for him - so the others know he's close by.

    Love to you all,

    Willow xxx

  3. Such sad news for you all,
    Rainbow Bridge

    Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
    When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

    All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
    They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

    You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

    Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

  4. What lovely photographs of happy memories... thank you CW for sharing!
    Huge Cuddles for you all!!`
    With Much Love, Jane xxxxxx

  5. Take comfort knowing that Sid had a wonderful life with you, he was a lucky cat.

  6. They have their own life, their own mission here as God has planned and we are just here to help them. I would gladly spend my time on earth as your cat. I am sure Sid thanks you, where ever he is.

  7. Adorable and wonderful memories! Rest peaceful sid.

    His picture sleeping on the porch rail is hilarious.

  8. we lost Joan at the age of 20 last year....terrible.....lovely to see those photos though..you have some lovely memories
    good blog

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