Saturday, 23 June 2012

and more strawberries...

Just one of the cakes featuring strawberries that turned up at our Swedish Midsummer picnic  We also lots of other Swedish delicacies, plus some pretty little flower garlands to complete the Swedish vibe.

Thanks to everyone for joining in the fun, with special thanks to Veronika for organising the food, those who baked and contributed home-made goodness and those generous souls who brought along prizes for the free raffle (I'm very much enjoying the Steig Larsson novel that I won).  But maybe, just maybe, the elk took the biscuit.

Congratulations also go Katharine who won our £200 Denman Award token to be spent at Denman College.  We're really delighted!

Well done too to those adventurous souls who braved the threatening rain to help out at the Edible Garden on Friday morning.  We watched Corinne and Sue do most of the heavy work filling up the new beds Tom has built, and were awestruck that Anna cycled from Streatham with her bike trolley full of bricks for the bread oven.  Our contribution of a spot of weeding, tea making and sharing scones and banana cake seemed meagre in comparison.

If you have time do pop in to the Edible Garden this weekend  - Mile End Children's Park Locksley Street - where there are lots of activities culminating in a feast tomorrow afternoon (11-5 today, 11-4 tomorrow).

Friday, 15 June 2012


Strawberries on the beach

It doesn't exactly feel like midsummer, so all the more reason to enjoy a Swedish style indoor picnic at our next meeting this coming Tuesday 19th June.  Did you know that strawberries play a major part in the celebration? Veronika will be telling us all about it.  We'll bring some tasters of Swedish food, and we hope too that you'll be able to bring some food and drink to share to make it a lovely relaxed evening.  And if it is raining, we have the doors open so we can listen to the raindrops falling on the mulberry tree and raise a glass to summer.  Usual place - St Margaret's House, Old Ford Road E2 (behind the Gallery Cafe), 7.30pm for 8.00 start.  Guests are welcome (recommended donation £3).  And don't forget that we'll be picking out our members-only Denman Award winner so if you haven't thought about your entry, visit the Denman site this instant.

Our coffee morning on Friday 22nd June is a visit to the Edible Garden at the children's play park in Mile End Park (entrance in Locksley Street, off Burdett Road).  Come along from 10.30am and have a slive of cake and a cup of coffee.  The garden is coming along nicely - at least a bit of rain is good for that!  There's more information on the Edible Garden blog and information on Phakama's Velela festival that weekend.  Everybody is welcome.  Do come.  Rain or not, it'll be a lovely morning.