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Thoughts from April 2011

last lunch

We're moving house next week

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So to celebrate our last Friday in Fruit Towers 2, we all got dressed up and had a slap up lunch to send ourselves off in style

Bubbles? Check

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Silver service complete with waiters dressed in black? Check

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Posh nosh?

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And pud?

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And all rounded off with toasts and a Jerry Springer Final Thought wrap up style speech from Rich?

Check check check.

We're noting down all the stuff we've got up to over the years here so we can preserve all those special memories to take to our new home.

Birthdays. Parties. Sports days.

Exciting meetings. Less exciting meetings.

What happened in the shower by the kitchen.

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We'll also be posting more about the move and our shiny new home right here over the next couple of weeks

Today though, it's all about celebrating the breeze blocks, astroturf and sketchy car park that has been our home for the last 10 years.

So here's to The Goldhawk Industrial Estate and all those who have strolled to work down her charming concrete drive.

an inspiring visit to a foundation project

Pictures often speak better than words so here a a few highlights of Emilie's recent 2-day visit to innocent foundation project with Find Your Feet in Uttar Pradesh, India.

The first day started with a warm and colourful welcome.

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This involved flower necklaces and face painting to fit in (kind of).

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We then joined a proper mother's group and chatted about micro-loans.
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Balance sheet secrets were shared.
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Travelling to the second village involved a little adventure.

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But it was all worth it - I was told all about the vegetable programme that Find Your Feet is running with the innocent foundation. The aim is to help the farmers diversify their crops and it's cleraly working - I got given more vegetables than I could carry.

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And then the best bit: the village photo.

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We ended the first day around the vegetable tree of luck - a beautiful use of my gifts.

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On day 2, I thought I needed more than face paint to blend in, so Savitri helped me put on a sari -not an easy task.

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The sari didn't really want to stay on after a few dance moves but this provoked roaring laughter from the local children.
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We then visited one of Find Your Feet's water pumps in the middle of the fields. A great way for the villagers to grow vegetables all year round and not just in the rainsy season.

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We followed this by a weaving class and general chat about setting up a business.

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And last but not least - delicious Indian treats were passed round constantly. Here we have a mix of peas, biscuits, strange fruits and lumps of sugar (a rare delicacy)

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the innocent a-z part 2

Here goes with a round-up of this week's alphabet magnet craziness. A big well done to all of last week's winners. To play the game and win prizes click here.

Hisfor
H for a hat wearing hedgehog (Kez_the_bird via flickr)

Iron
I for a pile of ironmongery (poface via flickr)

J-jam
J for Jasper and his favourite jar of jam (alex.gee73 via flickr)

K
K for a crate of kiwis (LittleFriendSusan via flickr)

Line
L for a long long line (poface via flickr)

M
M for a myriad of medals (divermark via flickr)

N
And last but not least, N for a little button nose (@paul010870)

This week is all about O to U. So find yourself an innocent alphabet magnet and snap away.

as Tarantino so famously said...

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..."get those mini movies in. Pronto."

Because in just 7 days time, our judging panel will be whittling down all the entries from our mini movies competition to a shortlist of 5. Those 5 will then be in with a chance of having their work aired on TV, and winning 5000 British pounds and 2 special tickets to the BFI London film festival (accompanied by a nice weekend in London on us).

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7 days is a long time in the showbiz world of movies, so if you haven't already entered, there's no time like the now- click here.

Congrats to Jackuss1000 for their winning the last of our weekly competitions £200 of amazon vouchers will be whittling their way towards you.

london coffee festival

We've got a stall at London's first coffee festival this weekend.

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If you like coffee, nice food, free smoothies and live music, and can get yourself to Brick Lane this weekend, you'll find us in the Hyde Park area.

Tickets are usually £8.50 (with all money from ticket sales going to Project Waterfall, a charity initiative helping to secure clean drinking water for thousands of people in Tanzania), but we've got a nifty discount. Enter the code FRUITY here, and you'll get your tickets for £6 each.

Hope to see you there. There's a smoothie with your name on it if we do.