Charlie & The Giant Jenga

August 25, 2011 - 12:31 pm 1,024 Comments
Charlie & The Giant Jenga

Charlie & The Giant Jenga

Our weather has been unpredictable this summer to say the least – but we have had some glorious sunny moments. Here’s one captured earlier this week… We thought we would post this piccie, in case it starts raining again, to remind us of the lovely sunshine!

They have almost completed the harvest in the fields we walk in – and Charlie (Gecko’s Chairman) is always intrigued by the Giant Jenga!

Perfect Weather For Alfresco!

August 23, 2011 - 8:58 am 1,038 Comments
Shaken & Stirred Freixenet Rosado Alfresco

Shaken & Stirred Freixenet Rosado Alfresco

As the rain pours down in Berkshire, we thought we would share a great summery cocktail, which has been created by our friends (the expert mixologists) at Shaken and Stirred in Oxford.

The Freixenet Rosado Alfresco, is a short, bubbly cocktail marrying the botanicals of gin with the floral notes of elderflower and a squeeze of lime – and of course the sweeter more floral Freixenet Cordon Rosado.

Refreshing and fun on a sunny afternoon in the garden – or while having a picnic in the lounge over a wet bank holiday?!

Strictly Camilla and Gecko

August 22, 2011 - 11:43 am 955 Comments
Strictly Camilla and Gecko

Strictly Camilla and Gecko

We were looking through our images and found this one of Camilla Dallerup, who was the Strictly Come Dancing Champion in 2008, showing one of the Gecko team how to tango!

We’re looking forward to seeing who the contenders are for this year’s Strictly.

Jo Pratt’s Delicious Recipes

August 19, 2011 - 11:39 am 1,014 Comments
Jo Pratt's Exclusive Recipes For Freixenet

Jo Pratt's Exclusive Recipes For Freixenet

We had a great meeting with TV chef Jo Pratt – and showed her the recipe cards that were designed by our fabulous designer.

Jo really liked them – so we got her to sign a set for us!

She created the recipes exclusively for Freixenet, they are simple to make and delicious too!

Giant Dogs Trust Dog Spotted

August 12, 2011 - 1:38 pm No Comments

Giant Dogs Trust Dog

Giant Dogs Trust Dog


Driving down the famous A34 at West Ilsley, Gecko spotted the Giant Dogs Trust Dog – Dogcilla. He was no doubt heading off to raise funds for fabulous charity, the Dogs Trust.

Purple ‘Collie’ Farming

August 7, 2011 - 5:35 pm 979 Comments
Purple Veg

Purple Veg

Friends of Gecko know that we are big fans of Collies. So, this year when we decided to have a go at growing some veg we thought we would try some cauli… and some kale, broccoli, onions, carrots and sprouts.
Here are the latest fruits of our labours – including a Purple Cauliflower!

The Summer Season Starts With…

August 2, 2011 - 2:14 pm No Comments

Gecko At Ascot

…Ascot of course!
Way back in June Gecko spent a rather damp day courtesy of lovely Catherine at Klinewort Benson having a fabulous time at the races in some great company
Lucy and Deborah are wearing their new Hobbs outfits, bought especially for the occasion.
Whoever took the piccie had obviously had a couple of Pimms!

Visit To Moo Free Factory – Yummy!

July 29, 2011 - 5:02 pm No Comments

Moo Free's Yummy New Dairy Free  Choccie

Moo Free's Yummy New Dairy Free Choccie


On a recent visit to the Moo Free Factory in Reading, Gecko met with Hammy Hamster who kindly gave us some of the delicious new flavours of dairy free choccie!

There are three fabulous dairy free bars: Organic Cranberry and Hazelnuts, Organic Banana and Caramelised Hazelnuts – we’re not sure which to eat first!

Gecko, Jo and our unpredictable weather

July 25, 2011 - 10:01 am 1,031 Comments

Jo Pratt alfresco with Freixenet

Jo Pratt alfresco vodcast with Freixenet


Gecko spent a very pleasant afternoon in Jo Pratt’s garden talking alfresco dining… in the rain.
The survey recently undertaken by Freixenet discovered that more people said they were planning to attend an alfresco event than host one… could this be because they think there is lots of planning involved?

Well the weather we had while filming the Freixenet vodcast with Jo Pratt proved that we should all do things more spontaneously – when the sun shines get out there and enjoy. If you make plans (as we did to do the filming) it’s bound to rain!
🙂

Gecko Looking Forward To Food, Fun and Fizz With Jo Pratt

June 21, 2011 - 6:22 pm No Comments

Lovely Jo Pratt will be cooking up an evening of food, fun and Freixenet Fizz at the Freixenet Alfresco VIP in July… but before then we will be on the radio, in the studio and talking recipes too!

We are delighted that we are working with Jo Pratt, TV Chef and the author of the fabulous In The Mood For Entertaining.
Jo is going to be hosting the Freixenet Alfresco VIP event at Chiswick House in July – so to publicise the Freixenet VIP campaign and the event itself we are working with Jo to get interviews, news, competitions and features in broadcast and published media.

Its a manically busy time – but great fun!

Jo Pratt TV Chef and Author

Jo Pratt TV Chef and Author