Posts Tagged ‘Autumn’

Souper Greens

November 15, 2011 - 1:30 pm No Comments

Today we at Gecko decided it was definitely soup weather – chilly and bright. So, we opened a tetra-pack of New Covent Garden Souper Greens soup.

Souper Greens Soup

Souper Greens Soup

It looked truly horrid… but tasted delicious! Consensus in the office – we will be it enjoying again!

And, now we want to win a farm! When so many are currently looking for a ‘change of direction’ or to ‘move to the country’ what a fabulous piece of marketing!
http://www.winafarm.co.uk/?utm_source=newcoventgardensoup&utm_medium=homepage&utm_campaign=Mainpagelink

Blade Runner Meets Bourne?

November 10, 2011 - 10:56 am 995 Comments
The Adjustment Bureau

The Adjustment Bureau

Last night the Geckos watched The Adjustment Bureau, which (our movie critic hero) Mark Kermode said on Kermode and Mayo’s film review on Radio 5 Live, is charming and a bit like Blade Runner meets Bourne. He also says it’s ‘air-heady’.

Well this reviewer enjoyed the film. It may not be intellectual, but it is interesting and although ‘the doors’ may be a little obvious and its direction may be like sign-posting, it showcases New York in all its splendour to stunning effect. It was visually great, with fabulous views and stunning cinematography of the architecture, park, Brooklyn bridge, the streets, etc. But in general, to me the film wasn’t an action film, it wasn’t a sci-fi film, it was a simple love story – and it was well done, because I found myself wanting the two leads (Matt Damon and Emily Blunt) to live happily ever after.

Here’s what Mark Kermode said about it – but watch it for yourself, its a very enjoyable film for an autumnal evening!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/markkermode/2011/03/5_live_review_the_adjustment_b.html

Bonfire Night Is Shaken & Stirred

November 5, 2011 - 6:06 pm 1,024 Comments

Although Charlie the Chairman hates Bonfire Night… it’s the fireworks… Gecko loves a good Guy Fawkes party! So, to add some sparkle to the event, we asked our friend the expert mixologist at Shaken & Stirred to design a cocktail for Freixenet – and he created the Freixenet Guido.

Freixenet Guido by Shaken & Stirred

Freixenet Guido by Shaken & Stirred

The Freixenet Guido takes its inspiration from Guy (nicknamed Guido) Fawkes – the man who became synonymous with the Gunpowder Plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament and kill King James I.

Ingredients
35ml American Whiskey
50 ml Sour cherry juice (available in most large supermarkets)
20ml Almond Syrup (maple syrup is a good alternative)
Squeeze lime
Freixenet Cordon Negro (the nation’s favourite sparkling wine brand)

Method
Simply put the first four ingredients in a highball glass and stir. Add ice and top with Freixenet Cordon Negro, then garnish with a black cherry

Its a fabulous long drink – we know because we tried it when Tom mixed it up for the photoshoot with our favourite photographer Martin Cleveland!

Autumnal Fun

October 15, 2011 - 1:58 pm 1,036 Comments
On The Ridgeway

On The Ridgeway

Yesterday it was such a glorious afternoon that I knocked off work early and went walking on the Ridgeway with two of ‘The Board.’
We all enjoyed a two hour walk in the autumnal, afternoon sunshine. Our walk finished as the sun went down and there began to be a chill in the hour. ‘The Board’. Got home ate dinner and had wonderful dreams of running and chasing

This morning the whole board came out in the fabulous morning sunshine – not a cloud in the sky. We met lots of their friends and everyone ran round.

Autumn is at its best today.

Autumn Continues

October 11, 2011 - 7:02 pm 1,023 Comments
Autumn Leaves In Berkshire

Autumn Leaves In Berkshire

The sun has been shining, the wind has been blowing – but it feels quite mild today. We thought of this poem as we watched the sun disappear behind the russet leaved trees today…

A touch of cold in the Autumn night—
I walked abroad,
And saw the ruddy moon lean over a hedge
Like a red-faced farmer.
I did not stop to speak, but nodded,
And round about were the wistful stars
With white faces like town children.
T.E Hulme

The Season Of Mists and Mellow Fruitfulness

October 10, 2011 - 12:56 pm 1,006 Comments

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run;
To bend with apples the moss’d cottage-trees,
And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
And still more, later flowers for the bees,
Until they think warm days will never cease,
For Summer has o’er-brimm’d their clammy cells.

It certainly is as Keats described here in Berkshire today – we will certainly be wrapping up warm to venture out later on with ‘the Chairman and Board’.
We were reminded of this great campaign from White Stuff. We may not go as far as wearing a
tea-cosy on our head yet – but will bear it in mind as the dark, winter nights draw in further!

White Stuff, A/W 2011 - Wear a tea cosy!

White Stuff, A/W 2011 - Wear a tea cosy!