Thoughts from September 2010

rice and peas and other good things

Gav's mum did something very good for us. She cooked us a load of excellent Caribbean food. Rice and peas, curry goat, curry chicken, oxtail, festival (sort of like dumplings), macaroni and cheese, peanut chicken and a few more delights.


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Gav says "I asked her to just because I think it's great people have all these great foods coming in for us at work so I thought I'd get mum to get involved, for years she's cooked for hundreds of people at our parties and we just take it for granted. She cooked it all the day before she flew to Jamaica and I told her on the phone how much everyone loved it. She's chuffed to bits."

win tickets to our cafe

We may have mentioned it before, but we're about to open a cafe. It's called the 5for5 cafe, and will be open for a week from this Friday 1st October, in the heart of London's slightly grubby yet hip Shoreditch.

There are a few tickets left if you fancy coming along and getting your 5-a-day for a fiver, as cooked by the delightful Gizzi Erskine. And we thought we'd dish out a couple of freebies for all of you reading this.


So, to win two tickets for dinner on Friday 8th October, just answer the simple question by leaving a comment and we'll pick a winner at random.

Which of the following vehicles has five wheels?

A. Bike

B. Tricycle

C. A car with a spare tyre in the boot

Good luck, and we'll see you at the cafe.

hat of the week: gang wars

Cockadoodle-knitting-do - last weeks hat of the week goes to Sarah-Jane and her clutch of hens with their rockin' rooster. Excellent work, smoothies on their way...

Never has a fight been so fierce since the Warriors took on the Rogues, or the Sharks went up against the Jets. Though no crowbars or wrenches are involved, we've got a fierce battle of woolen proportions. This week's hat of the week brings us gang wars, with both teams battling it out for supremacy in Southampton. In the green corner we have Sandra's Southcoast Greenies.

Week 5 Sandra Horn southampton

And in the rainbow corner we have Joanne's Technicolour Troopers.

Week 5 joanne lines southampton

Vote for your favourite gang here.


what a lot of hats

You know how every now and again you stumble upon something that just makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, and plants that biggest of cheshire cat grins upon your face? You know, like when a friend's baby laughs back at you (but not at them)? Well imagine how we felt when this photo arrived in Fruit Towers.

Wendy Millett Age Concern Centre Seaton Dorset
It came from Wendy Millett of the Knit and Natterers in Devon. Every Thursday they get together to do exactly what their name suggests, with a range of volunteers involved. So far they've made over 9,000 hats this year (as pictured with them), which is more than 1% of our entire target. This is an increidble group effort.

But hats and knitters come in all different shapes and numbers, and every contribution is needed to help us reach our target of 800,000 hats. We've received hats from all over the country, be it just one or two from individual knitters, or well over 100 from a family. Below is a contribution of various hats from Pat, one of our regular knitters.

Pat Bailey all hats
We've also heard from Donna in Massachusetts who is holding a knit-in next week with her friends and family, where even her 10 year-old daughter has picked up her needles to support our campaign.

Thanks to all you knitters across the country and the world. We've been amazed by the response so far, but we still need more hats. Remember, the deadline's not until October 15th.

Keep on knitting.