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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Monday 12 January 2015

Not a good day

Have some kind of virus thingy and have felt poorly since yesterday with dreadful headache and body aches and shivers. Have looked after Lilac Hen but Compostman did the other chickens for me and I have spent most of the day huddled under blankets in front of the woodburner. I don't seem able to get warm at all :(

Compostgirl made a chicken curry from scratch at school today so she and Compostman ate that for dinner while I had some scrambled eggs and a bit of bacon. I did not fancy anything else today except hot tea and water.

Early night for me, after we watch Horizon and then Broadchurch. If I can stay awake long enough!

Lilac Hen is drinking and looks bright but seems not to want to eat the food I give her. Hopefully tomorrow will be a better day for both of us!


  1. Sounds like you have the 'dreaded lurgy' that's sweeping the country. Hope you feel better soon.
    re Lilac hen, have you tried syringing some mushy food in her mouth (beak!) ? sometimes they just give up and need a little encourangement. Some natural yoghurt would be a good start.
    Good luck

    1. Have tried that Wean and she refuses to eat it :( So have got her on mealworms - at least I am avoiding giving her any carbs at the moment, which would of course feed the Thrush...

  2. Sounds like you have the flu like virus that seems to be doing the rounds. Hope you feel better soon.

  3. Oh dear does that mean the other two in the house will get it ? :( I do hope not as it is horrid :( I am back in bed with extra blankets on me and have ( never do this normally!) put on the electric underblanket as I am so cold :(

  4. I hope that you feel better today. It's horrible to have no energy and feel so COLD. Jx

  5. It's been doing the rounds here, a nasty bloody bug if ever there was one! Hope that you're feeling better soon.

  6. I hope you and hen are well soon, pile on another blanket and sweat it out girl! Hugs xxx to both.

  7. So much sickness all over the place. Take care of yourself and Lilac. Don't try to do too much before you've completely recovered.


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