Thoughts from July 2011

give your legs a nice rest

Let's face it, public seating can leave a lot to be desired.
Fear not, we have found a few solutions that will help you take a load off and will almost certainly win you some new friends.

DSC_0006_1Wheelbarrow Bench by Rogier Martens


Curt Deck Chair by Bernhard | Burkard


Skystation by Peter Newman

rejoice, the sheep has a voice

A while ago we asked you to think of a caption to accompany this picture of a sheep on our next round of orange and apple juice labels.

We had more than 750 entries. Picking a top ten was tricky. It took us ages to whittle the list down to a top twenty, and we got our knickers in such a twist trying to cement a final ten that we gave up in the end, and settled on a top eleven.

Here are the ten runners up, each of whom will receive a bunch of innocent goodies:

That’s the last time I go there for a pedicure. They’ve taken two inches more off my right hooves (Rapsmith)

You return my coat THEN we talk about you getting back your wallet (Jo Weston)

It wasn’t until halfway up the mountain that Mary realised she’d left the iron on (Elise)

No way, did you seriously forget the picnic basket? (Judit)

Nope. The song lied. No one’s coming round the mountain (Katie M)

Could you break a fiver? (Jason Slater)

The counting people isn’t making me sleepy (Janice Stott)

If that woman starts singing ‘the hills are alive’ again, I’m off (Sue A)

Call yourself a photographer, you can’t even hold the camera straight (Kat)

Hey you. Don’t walk all over my lunch (Vera Douglas)

But our winner, who will see their words printed on thousands and thousands of our juice labels, and will soon receive a hefty delivery of innocent juice is... the lovely Mel with

Cheaper car insurance, you say?

Mighty big congratulations to Mel & our ten runners up, and a huge thank you to all who entered for making it such a hard decision to make. We've not had as much fun getting our knickers in a twist since we attempted the final move from the Zoolander 'walk off'.

a proper feastival


The excellent Anna Jones (who created the recipes for our new family recipe book, Hungry?) came along with me to Jamie Oliver’s Feastival on Clapham Common last weekend to talk about the book, make some recipes with kids and dust off the old Blendavenda smoothie bike.


Here we are before the carnage ensued


Fruit prepped, ingredients laid out and head mikes donned, we got kids making the old bread and squashed tomato salad and fruit mess recipes from the book and then followed it with a bun fight to see who got to pedal the smoothie bike first


Though the fighting was mainly amongst all the mums and dads trying to have a go.

Thanks to everyone who came along, squashed, pedalled and ate the results.

Hopefully we'll be going along to more things like this over the summer and we'll be sure to give you plenty of warning the next time we do

return of the ed

9 weeks to cycle to Istanbul.

4 hours (plus turbulence) to get back by plane.

After 2580 miles, 0 punctures and 182 portions of chocolate covered peanut nougat delicacies, Mr. Ed is back from his cycling odyssey.


If you're ever thinking of cycling a little further than 'just down the shops' here are some edited highlights from what Mr. Ed learnt:

  • People in caravans are nice (if you turn up at a campsite on a bike everybody feels sorry for you and the offers of coffee/dinner/a lift do not stop coming)
  • There are a few hills between here and Asia. For a few, read a lot.
  • Germany has the best cycle paths (they even put diversions up when they are doing road/pathworks)
  • Cream is your friend (sun and bum)
  • Romania has the friendliest people and the angriest dogs
  • Eating 5 meals a day gets pretty tedious after a while
  • In Istanbul, you are never more than 3 feet from a pretzel
  • And if you ask nicely, hotels will valet park your bikes (we tried this once during our celebratory 1 night in a nice hotel when we got to Istanbul)

On the way, Ed also managed to sleep in a castle, meet a man walking home to Turkey (from Germany) and grow his calves by 1.3 cm.


He also raised £4,500 for charity and convinced the excellent Lizzy to marry him along the way.


Thanks to everyone who sponsored and encouraged Mr. Ed's epic ride.

It's good to have him back.