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Thoughts from August 2009

if you go down to the woods today

And those woods happen to be in Poland, you might find a forest floor filled with blueberries

Blueberry morning

Rozanne and Dan have just returned from a berry sourcing adventure across Eastern Europe, where they tasted an array of berry shaped fruit.

Forest

Howver, before they got to actually taste any berries, they first had several mini adventures along the way.

Berry carpet

After being greeted by a dog on the runway, hiring a car that sounded like a hairdryer and picking up a speeding ticket in the first twenty minutes of driving, they then got hideously lost (thanks to a self-programming sat nav system) and had to wait by some woods in the middle of the night for our suppliers to pick them up.

Blueberriesbynight

When our suppliers finally arrived, Rozanne and Dan were then driven through pitch black forests at 180kph in a blacked out Audi, plied with vodka, potatoes and breadcrumbed meat and made to sing along to Russian pop. And that's not even taking into account the 7 hour border crossing, rigourous strip search (of the blowdrying car) and more money changing hands they had to endure, all in the name of finding the best berries for our smoothies.

It was all worth it when they got there though as they got to taste loads of berries and meet this excellent chap

Blueberry bill

He is in charge of about twenty or so berry collection points, which is where all the farmers turn up each day, in Fiat Pandas laden with fruit to be sent further afield.

Collection point

Here are Dan and Rozanne sampling some berries

Dan and rozanne

And here they are post berry-buying-vodka-toasting-high-speed-driving-traffic-police-bribing antics, playing catch up kip.

Disco kip

Berry buying at it's finest.

when life throws you lemons (part 2)

You might remember Hannah

Hannah


Hannah used to work here and did pretty much every job going in Fruit Towers at some point - people's champion, blogging champion, PR extraordinaire, talent scout for new music and baker of the best cakes this side of Putney.

Amongst her other triumphs during her years at innocent, she also knitted her first hat

Hannah hat

Hannah is currently living in Perth, Australia, with the dashing Conor, pursuing her love of baking down under and has her own excellent blog, where she dutifully documents all the amazing stuff she's making in her kitchen (all of which is tantalisingly too far away for us to enjoy).

She wrote a post this week about lemon ice cream, which eerily shared (almost) the same title as a blog we posted last week.

Lemon ice

Spooky.

cycling odyssey

From Liverpool to Arran and beyond, Nick's bike ride round Britain is still going strong.

Nick on Kintyre

He sent us these pictures from Scotland where he is at this moment pedalling round the Orkneys.

Apparently, he's managed to avoid most of the rain on his trip so far.

Innocent Arran

Which sort of makes you wonder which British isles he has been cycling round...

You can stay updated on his every cadence by following his Twitter here and if he happens to be passing your way, maybe invite him round for a cup of tea and a biscuit.