Thoughts from September 2010

peace on your computer screen

Next Tuesday 21st September is Peace One Day. To mark the occasion you could do a few things for peace. You could watch the webcast of the Peace One Day 2010 Celebration from 8pm GMT including an exclusive high quality stream of the Peace One Day concert from Paris and live presentations. You could join the innocent and Peace One Day wall of peace and encourage as many of your friends as possible to do the same. Or you could find a limited edition innocent and Peace One Day smoothie in the shops and wear your free badge with pride for the whole day.

Or you could do all three, watch the concert, join the wall, get the smoothie and badge.

2 ply poetry

Just a little bit of knit related fun this morning to wish you a happy Monday.

We were sent this range of international hats from Wendy, who took her inspiration from the football this summer.

Along with this witty little bitty from Janice. A call to pick up your needles and knit.

It’s that time of the year again,
When innocent gives a cry.
Go pick up your needles,
Come give our challenge a try.
Go fetch the brightest 2-ply,
And use your creative side,
To knit little hats for smoothie lids.
Twitch your needles with pride.
For every hat you come up with,
Will grace a smoothie top.
Some thirsty person trotting by
Will see your bonnet and STOP.
They will take the Smoothie bottle,
And pay for it at the till,
Giving money to Age Concern.
Now don’t that give you a thrill.
Your small but perfect creation,
Will be seen by one and all.
It gives you a buzz and Charity cash.
So come on grab that wool.


come along to our cafe

We're going to be opening a little cafe in Shoreditch, East London for 7 days this October and we'd love you to come along.


We've called it the innocent 5 for 5 cafe because from the 1st - 8th October (closed Monday 4th), we're aiming to serve 5,000 people their 5-a-day for a fiver.

Which is 25,000 portions of fruit and veg.

The Brickweb

For just £5, you can choose a 2 course lunch or dinner from a tasty menu which has been specially designed by our guest chef, Gizzi Erskine.


We've got a special kids menu too and a handy takeaway hatch round the side where you can pick up a veg pot and smoothie for £5 if you've only time for lunch on-the-go.


The 5 for 5 cafe is bookings only, so to bagsy yourself a seat or find out a bit more, just click here and we'll hopefully see you down the cafe.

a buzzy saturday afternoon

On Saturday, I went along to Hanbury Hall in Worcestershire to meet our bee competition winner Julian, Tim the beekeeper and Neil the Head Gardener for an afternoon of bees, bees and more bees.

Hanbury 2

Julian, Neil and Tim

We had a tour of the beautiful gardens and grounds from Neil (including the mushroom house) and then Tim gave us an introduction to bee keeping.


Bee lesson


Tim has 8 hives at Hanbury Hall which this year yielded 250 jars of honey. He taught us how to hold a frame, how a hive works and how to mark a queen bee when you spot her.

Bee pens

Then it was on with the bee suits

Bee suit

Bee man

Julian got to wear the suit as paid for by the proceeds of Buy One Get One Bee whilst I had to wear a suit for a 10 year old as there were no adult bee suits left.

Bees knees

Once suited, we then got to inspect the innocent hive and meet some bees.

Bee time


The innocent hive

After meeting the bees and asking more home beekeeping questions, we all got given a jar of Tim's honey

Yummy honey


And then Julian and his wife, Nicky went off for a proper afternoon tea (though sadly the chocolate potato cake had sold out).


We've made a little film of the day (including Tim answering lots of your questions) so watch this space for the official premiere.

For now though, massive thanks to Tim, Neil and the catering staff at Hanbury Hall for such a brilliant afternoon, to Julian and Nicky for being such enthusiastic winners and to my mum for being an excellent camera assistant.

Innocent hive

Here's to Buy One Get One Bee coming back again next year.