Thoughts from October 2013

here to stay


You're the boss. 

And if you tell us you really like something and you want us to keep on doing it, we listen. We know which side our bread's buttered on.  

You told us you loved our irresistible summer smoothie, peaches and apricots, and that you wanted us to keep making it. Good news: it's here to stay. 

So you'll be able to have a little taste of summer all year round. 




Watch out for it remaining in the shops, but with some new slightly less Summery packaging. 


National Poetry Day

It's National Poetry Day today. So here's a little poem. 


Happy the Man

by John Dryden

Happy the man, and happy he alone

He who can call today his own:

He who, secure within, can say,

Tomorrow do thy worst, for I have lived today.

Be fair or foul or rain or shine

The joys I have possessed, in spite of fate, are mine.

Not Heaven itself upon the past has power,

But what has been, has been, and I have had my hour.


After Horace, Odes, Book III, xxix.



Little Free Library

In 2009, Tod Bol from Wisconsin decided to build a model of a schoolhouse as a tribute to his mother, a former school teacher who loved to read. He built the house out of recycled materials, filled it with books and placed it on a post in his garden with a sign on it that read ‘Little Free Library.’

His family and friends loved the idea, so he made some more little houses and gave those away for them to start their own libraries – and when their family and friends loved it as much as they did the idea for a global network of Little Free Libraries was born.

Anyone can build their own little house in the design of their choice, stock it with books they love, register it as an official Little Free Library and share it with their community. It’s estimated that by 2014 there will be as many as 12,000 libraries across 6 continents, and it’s growing all the time. 

You can find out more about this lovely enterprise and how you can get involved on the Little Free Library website here If you need some inspiration for your library design, here's a gallery of some of the houses people have built over the last four years