Thoughts from December 2007

merry christmas

Dsc01878 an innocent angel hand delivered to Fruit Towers by Danielle. Thanks Danielle.

Things have been getting a bit quieter round here. Christmas is on the way and people are disappearing, back to Kent and Derbyshire and Scotland and Australia.

But before this blog has a nap in front of a roaring log fire, or gets galloping indigestion (much more likely), we'd just like to wish you a happy Christmas, whatever you're up to. We'll be back in the New Year. Thank you for reading and commenting this year. If there's anything we can do to make the blog better in 2008, just let us know.

PS because we're not going to be around much at Christmas, we're turning the comments moderating thing on. Should stop the blog becoming a spamfest.

photos that win prizes

Exciting news. It's time to announce the Big Knit photo (flickr group) competition winners for 2007. We've had some pretty fine entries and choosing the best has been extremely tough. Especially with a whole year's supply of smoothies at stake for the winners. There were different categories - here you go...

1. Most creative use of hat


Think trees, think hats, think Margaret's hatted tree. We think this is great. Like Christmas tree lights (but on a different kind of tree and without the light part).

2. Best hat ensemble


Because it's amazingly cool. And we appreciate the effort and icy fingers that must have gone into it (well done Keira V).

3. Favourite overall hat picture


Awarded to Sandra - for magically creating some little blue hats which look just like the one on our lemon, honey and ginger smoothie label. They look fantastic and we're pretty keen on the camera angle too (love that eerie bird). We hope that the grass was smelling nice on that day.

Congratulations and thanks for everyone who entered their own pictures - they made us smile. We'll be in touch with the winners shortly - so you can let us know where you want us to send your smoothies.

you fools


Last week we let people know that we're about to retire an old recipe - blackberries and blueberries is currently spending its last few days on the shelves. In its place will come an even more berry-focused recipe (hard to believe, I know, but true), ready to be unleashed at the start of 2008.

Our loyal family members were given an email address ( where they could tell us if we were goofing up royally. And some people took the opportunity to let us know, pulling no punches. I would like to say that there was a full and frank exchange of views, but mostly we just hid in the corner whimpering while they said the following:


‘You fools isn't strong enough!’

‘Ridiculous... absolutely ridiculous. You should all be ashamed of yourselves.’

‘The war on Iraq; Geri Halliwell's decision to leave the Spice Girls and go solo; Clint Eastwood and Lee Marvin singing in Paint Your Wagon; marrying Brigitte Nielsen; Jordan and Peter Andre having their own TV show; innocent's decision to get rid of the Blackberry & Blueberry smoothie. Schoolboy error, I fear.’

We even received a picture of a small baby dressed as a chicken (we think), looking really grumpy at the prospect of the disappearance of the old recipe. This sight upset us more than words can say.

But we'll get over it. As we hope you will too. Obviously, if you're feeling like giving us some grief, that's what the comments are for, but for now, please trust us when we say that the new recipe is a belter and there will be no need for you to dress your infants as chickens to press your point home.

a frosty visitor



We had a visit from Jack earlier this week. As much as he makes it a lot harder to get out of bed in the morning he's a pretty fellow isn't he.