Posts Tagged ‘Fun’

Hugo Nominated!

January 24, 2012 - 6:37 pm 1,065 Comments


The Geckos went to our lovely local arts theatre to see the magical “Hugo” – a children’s film (?) filled with beautiful cinematography, wonderful sets, gorgeous vintage costume, fabulous acting and an intriguing plot. Although we only saw it in 2D – like Mark Kermode we don’t think 3D is necessary or would’ve added anything.

It’s a simple story about a boy who is an orphan, trying to unlock the secret of a mechanical toy which his father was trying to mend with him when he died in a tragic accident. There are some lovely characters (like the Station Inspector played by Sacha Baron Cohen who owes much to ‘Allo ‘Allo and Frances de la Tour’s Madame Emilie who is nurturing a romance with a man who are dachshund doesn’t like) who draw you into this tale of a young boy and an old man finding their place in the world.

We thoroughly enjoyed the film, have recommended to friends since and are looking forward to the DVD coming out – so that we can watch it at home with a glass of wine! So, we are delighted that it has been nominated for 11 Oscars, including Best Picture.

And, as with all the best children’s stories the film ends happily ever after… !

December 12, 2011 - 1:15 pm No Comments

Freixenet Rosado Under The Mistletoe

Freixenet Rosado Under The Mistletoe

Ho, Ho, Ho, Festive Cheer coming your way… Here’s a lovely, bubbly Christmas cocktail to tickle your tastebuds – courtesy of our friends at Shaken and Stirred, Oxford.

Freixenet Rosado Under The Mistletoe
Simple, chic and elegant. Freixenet Rosado Under The Mistletoe mixes Freixenet’s fruity pink Cava, Freixenet Cordon Rosado, with grape juice to create a refreshing, sophisticated, bubbly cocktail ideal to be enjoyed under the mistletoe.
25 ml red grape juice
Freixenet Cordon Rosado

Pour 25ml red grape juice into glass and top with Freixenet Cordon Rosado

Glass – Flute
Garnish – No garnish needed!

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.

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)

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!

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!

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!

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!