Thoughts from category: our place

a nice lunch for earth hour

Tomorrow night is WWF's Earth Hour, when hundreds of millions of people from across the globe will be switching their lights off to show their support for the planet.

Today at Fruit Towers we celebrated a little bit early by donning our brightest clothes and having lunch together in the sunshine. It's a hard life.

Charlie, janel and tim wearing bright clothes

Here are Tim, Charlie and Janel looking even better than usual.

Mic and mary from vege7

Are here are the wonderful Mic and Mary from Vege7, who came along and brightened up our lunchtime with their delicious vegetable chilli and a selection of the type of music that commands you to shake your shoulders and wiggle your hips awkwardly.

We particularly liked their cactus sign, which they rustled up especially for the event using a drain pipe they found in a skip.


Mic and Mary have lived in Forest Gate for 27 years, and have recently started selling their tasty grub, which they make with locally sourced ingredients, at a stall at Woodgrange market place every Saturday. Apparently Mary's secret recipe has been going down a storm there, and after their performance today it's easy to see why. Mic and Mary (you have to say their names together), please come again soon.

spring clean

Spring has officially sprung, so it's time to get out every cleaning implement you own and give the house a proper going over. That means sweeping the cobwebs from the cornices, scrubbing the skirting boards and wiping down the insides of cupboards. We didn't say it was going to be fun.

plaster teeth and a naked cowboy model

Lauren kick started creative corner's spring clean yesterday and uncovered a plaster mould of someone's teeth and a model of a naked cowboy. Hopefully you'll find something a little more useful.

our new plants

plants growing at fruit towers

This is the corner of the fourth floor at Fruit Towers, where our newly planted seeds are basking in the late March sunshine and coming along very nicely indeed.

Cress, as expected, is flying ahead, but carrots, tomatoes and basil aren't too far behind. Sunflowers and violets seem to be taking their time, but we've every confidence they'll pop out soon.

And don't forget that from now until the end of April, every box of our kids smoothies and fruit tubes will come with its very own pack of easy to grow seeds. So if you haven't already, it's time to get growing.

mystery device

mystery device

We spotted this at the IT help desk the other day and we've got no idea what it's for. 

We think it looks suspiciously like the memory eraser device in Men In Black though, and that the IT team are using it on people who've been exposed to the administrator password because they're worried they might just go off and download the most recent versions of everything without proper authorisation.

the men in black memory erasing device