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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Sunday 5 January 2014

RIP Mango

Sadly yesterday Mango the very poorly Guinea Pig was found to have diabeties. We took her  to our vets  where she stayed in overnight and had blood and urine tests. Sadly she was found to be diabetic but the prognosis was not good and we agreed she was too poorly to survive  :( and so it was decided it would be most kind if she was  put to sleep, saving her any more suffering

If she had been younger, maybe she would have had a better chance , but as an already elderly rescue guinea pig  sadly it was not to be.

RIP Mango lovely piggie.


  1. Aw, sorry to hear about Mango.

    1. Thank you Hazel; it was sad :( Compostgirl was very upset as they are her piggies :(

  2. I had a right good cry every time we had to put ours down. Don't have any mow.

  3. SausageOnionLOL11 July 2014 at 20:38

    Oh! Poor Mango - and poor you! Looking at WitchHazel's comment, I noticed they were Compostgirl's guinea pigs so give her my sympathies (my guinea pig died last year and my daughter was distraught, we had to ring up the school and check she was OK!). Her poor little friends as well, it must be very confusing for them! Fudge and June isn't it? Lovely, distinguished names! Did you choose them? And how are they - we haven't received any guinea pig updates lately! =D
    Big hugs x :(

    1. Sadly poor (very) old Fudge also had to be pts this week :( She got a respititory infection which did not respond to treatment and went downhill and stopped eating :( Vet thought she probably had a tumour as well. So we are down to one piggle, Juniper, now. She is old as well :(


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