Thoughts from category: help

socking news

This poster (currently gracing the back of our big cartons and little bottles) has caused something of a stir in the hosiery community.


We've received an awful lot of calls from sockless folk across the land, claiming this sock as their own and asking if they can please have it back.


It's alarming just how many socks go missing (without the intervention of hungry washing machines or excited dogs) and Sally, Janel, Joe M, Jojo, Rio and Lucy F have been amazing at dealing so wonderfully with these concerned callers.

In order to clear up the mystery and put an end to the pain and cold feet of all involved, if this is indeed your sock and you're aching to reunite the pair, just post us its sad, lonely partner and we'll return them both back to you in a velvet lined box atop a crate of smoothies.

it's time to do some stuff


It's Monday, a wet front is coming in and that compliment about having caught the sun is a distant memory.

But don't be down hearted.

It's time to stop beating about the bush and try some new and exciting things to show Autumn who's boss.

No more post-sun regrets.


So put down your hobnob.

Pick up the phone.

And book that fire-breathing course in Swansea that you can't stop thinking about.


Much better.

gingerbread building dilemma

Cake Club are undecided as to what to do for their special Christmas Cake Club.

Should they go to town and make an entire gingerbread village?


Or pool their collective baking prowess and make one massive gingerbread house (complete with ice cream cone turrets and brandy snap dovecote?)


Vote here to decide what the Christmas cake cheer should be.

a badge for a badge

In her extra curricular activities, our Caroline (who makes sure that all our smoothies get to all their European homes in one piece) is also a Scout leader.


Over the last 3 weeks, she's been working with her scout troop towards their Global Challenge badge.

To earn their badge, the scouts had to choose and investigate an international issue.

So they chose Peace Day.


After watching the film, they all had to think about what it would be like living in a war zone and how it would affect their daily lives.

Then they all came up with personal pledges of how they would promote Peace Day:

Natalie: I will be nice and caring to others

Anna: I won't be mean to my brother (or anyone else)

Eliza: I will listen to my teacher, I will make friends with my enemies and not fight or get in trouble

Sacha: I will be really nice and not do or say anything violent

Thomas: I will be friendly and helpful to other people

Sherna: I will be good and not hurt other people and tell people it's Peace Day on 21st September

Today, they are all going into their schools armed with Peace One Day badges to give to every person who makes a peace pledge.

Big thanks to all the scouts and Caroline for all their hard work to spreading the word.

Let us know when those shiny Global Challenge badges arrive.

a jaunt through the city

On Monday morning, Ben H and I ran to work.

10 kilometres to be precise.

We started at St. Paul's. We gave the Queen a wave at Buckingham Palace. We blazed along with the wind in our hair and nothing to stop us - aside from 200 traffic lights, London's entire workforce on foot, and a scenic loo break two thirds in when Ben got caught short.


Our one man technological guru, Kamal, accompanied us by bike to record the whole thing and update the whole office live as it happened.

Why did we do this?

We did it because 10km is the distance that people in the village of Ajiek in Sudan used to have to walk, every day, to get to a borehole for the water that they needed to live. And whilst we chugged along the Strand, struggling with the weight of the Oyster cards in our pockets (unused, might it be noted), these formidable ladies used to carry up to 21 litres of water for the 10km walk back.

For those who aren't sure how heavy 21 litres is, here's a pictorial representation:

10 07 26 the race start

Ben and I ran in to celebrate the fact that this is no longer the case for these ladies.

Working alongside an incredible NGO called FARM Africa, our innocent foundation has funded the development of a borehole in the village.

This means these women now have an extra 6 hours every day to sell their crops and generate a secure income for their families.

Their children no longer have to stay at home alone waiting for food to be cooked on Mum's return, and they are now able to wash more than once every 10 days because there is sufficient water to do so.

In simple maths, water = the ability to make life changing choices.

Here's the little video that Kamal made about our adventure:

A massive thank you to FARM Africa.

And a huge thank you to all of you who have bought our bottles, cartons, pots and wedges over the years.

In doing so, you've been a part of changing people's lives.