Thoughts from July 2008

mystery veg

the innocent village fete

We like vegetables. So we’re very excited to have the people from Riverford come along to our fete this year. What they don’t know about veg isn’t worth the forking manure, and we consider them to be a key partner in our quest to help people eat slightly fewer sausage rolls and a bit more fruit and veg.

As part of this quest, Riverford would like you to bring your strangely shaped veg to our fete. Wonky carrots, bulbous onions and courgettes that look like the Dalai Lama – all are welcome. The best ones will win a prize and be shown off in the Riverford tent. Or you can just post a photo of your weird veg here.

Also, we have a small competition for you. Just name the vegetables below (proper Latin names please, as well as their everyday names) and you can win one of three fancy boxes of Riverford fruit and veg. Post your answers as a comment, along with a tie-breaker – a maximum of 15 words completing the following phrase - "I love wonky veg because............"

Good luck (deadline is the end of this Friday 25th July).

Mystery veg 1


Mystery veg 2


bring a book, swap a book

the innocent village fete

We're having a new area at our fete this year, all about words, books and theatre. Along with live performance art, poetry slamming, Giant Boggle and storytelling, our friends at 4th Estate are also bringing along their book tombola.

The book tombola may not look like this in real life.

Instead of buying a ticket and praying to bag the bottle of gin over the collector’s set of King Charles Spaniel porcelain plates, you just need to bring an old book along to the fete. You then get to swap it for another book from the tombola. It might be better, it might not, but one thing’s for sure – you won’t be going home with a tin of beans or any commemorative canine crockery.

So please bring a book (or two) if you're coming to our fete.

holiday reading

If you're stuck for ideas on what reading matter to take on holiday with you this summer, then fret no more - the folk of Fruit Towers are here to help with a few well chosen book recommendations.

First up is Fordy, who has been engrossed in The Raw Shark Texts by Steven Hall.


According to the Iron Man himself, this book is 'brilliantly confusing, all about a man being chased by a conceptual shark, created by language, words and thoughts. I could not put it down.'

Meanwhile over in Hammock Corner, Mav is hooked on Jupiter's Travels by Ted Simon. Ted spent four years riding his motorbike around the world in the 1970s and met loads of fascinating people along the way.


It's a right good read apparently.

The lovely Sarah loved A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks so much that she keeps re-reading it whilst walking to work.


All that tripping up is worth it though as, according to Sarah, this book 'made me cry big, fat, happy tears, transported me away from the real world and made me daydream about romantical things.'

And finally, Dan is learning how to be the coolest dad on the block by reading Be the Coolest Dad on the Block by Simon Rose and Steve Caplin.


It contains all sort of useful information to impress the nippers, including why your fingers go wrinkly in the bath, how to build an anti-gravity escalator and how to make noises like a pigeon.

If you've just finished a right riveting read and fancy recommending it to all those in need of some riveting, just let us know your top tips for summer reading below.

is sasquatch real?


When I was younger I firmly believed in the existence of Sasquatch, and the Yeti too. But as I got older, I stopped believing. Recently, whilst up late at night, I chanced upon an episode of Arthur C Clarke's Mysterious World and relived the legendary Patterson-Gimlin footage.

I now believe again. Sasquatch is real.

And now back to the mysterious world of whole crushed fruit in a bottle.