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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Thursday 8 January 2015

A sad day and a lot of cooking.

Feel ridiculously energetic today despite still having a very bad back ache and sciatica. I was going to go to Ledbury this afternoon but we got sad news that Bob, the lovely horse Compostgirl learnt to ride on at the stables just up the lane (and her first love) had to be pts today

He was an absolute sweety; a really kind and gentle horse who has taught so many children in the area to ride. He will be sorely missed :(


Compostgirl was very upset by this news so I decided to not go out, so as to be here for when she got home from school.

I came away with a huge haul of reduced items from my shopping trip to the Co Op yesterday .

and so I made good use of them this afternoon! I did lots of cooking, made a huge pan of BNS curry; also BNS curry soup and a huge pan of veg soup.

 And a tray of mashed swede and carrot for the freezer.

We ate BNS curry for dinner tonight , the others had rice and naan with theirs.

and three more large portions are now in the freezer, as well as 20 portions of various soups, two portions of curry sauce, 20 portions of mashed swede and two portions of roasted sweet potato.

Compostman and Compostgirl then went to Archery but as my back hurts I stayed at home and did some mending and tidying and then watched "Avengers Assemble" again :)


  1. So very sorry to hear of the death of Bob: he looks a real gent. I hope he did not suffer too badly. What was wrong with him? Our two, well one is on permanent loan from a sanctuary, are both in their mid 20s now and beginning to look their age:(

    1. He was 24 and had had various sarcoid lumps removed over the years - the last one ( last year) was on his sheath - He was a bit off colour and was on antibiotics and vet visits and he was scheduled to have another op to to see what was going on this week, we went and saw him Tue night and he was a bit poorly but on his feet and eating and weeing. But then he stopped eating and then could not wee ( a lump was blocking his bladder) so I guess it was time :( Lovely Bob :(

  2. Sorry to hear about Bob, he looks like a lovely gentle soul :-(

    What a mammoth cooking session, it's always good to have so many healthy 'ready meals' on standby.

  3. Always sad to hear of the passing of a loyal animal, but one of the inescapable facts of life, at least we can provide a painless and humane end, better than lingering on in discomfort.

  4. So sorry - it's heart wrenching when you lose an animal you love isn't it ?
    What's BNS ?

  5. Sorry! Butter Nut Squash! Delicious! Will post up a link to it next post.

  6. Sorry to hear about the horse. Part of the sadness about loving animals is losing them...have had many , many animals, including lots of horses and ponies. They live with us forever, and when they must be put down I mourn and move on. Let's hope your daughter finds a new favorite horse to ride that she comes to love just as much!

    1. The stable yard was a bit subdued today :( Bob was loved by everyone and had been there since a foal - so 23 years. A long time :(

  7. Glad to read the answer tothe BNS mystery.


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