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Omlet Newsletter – Friday, 17th September 2010

There’s a definite chill in the air and shorts and skirts are being quickly replaced with jeans and fleeces. And as the Autumn creeps in we think it’s time to give your hens some TLC. A dash of Chicken Spice in their food every day will keep them perky through the cold months, a Winter Shade will keep them nice and dry in the Eglu and for a real treat give them a handful of Organic Mixed Corn every day – they’ll love it, and they’ll love you for it!

We hope this week’s newsletter brings you a bit of sunshine on a dullish day, so enjoy…

Beehaus News

This month the Beehaus has featured in the Telegraph, courtesy of Ian Douglas and his beekeeping diary. After two years of keeping bees and the collapse of a colony, Ian has just bee-come the proud owner of a brand new bee hive – a bright purple Beehaus. The arrival of the Omlet van cheered him up no end and he wasn’t disappointed by his new hive at all, saying “compared to the two days of blood and swearing I spent assembling the wooden verison, Johannes’ two-minute job attaching the legs to the preformed Beehaus looks effortless.”

Although wooden beehive owners are often alarmed by the brightly coloured Beehaus, Ian seems impressed by the design: “The boldly coloured plastic stands out against the green overgrowth (good aesthetically and easy to find…). In fact, it’s the perfect way to brighten up the garden over the dull, grey winter.

Click here to read the full article.

Also this month the Beehaus has appeared in the the Guardian Autumn Hotlist 2010. Beekeeping comes out at a bee-rilliant number 7 in the top 20, alongside The Inbetweeners, gappy smiles and local food, and the Beehaus is their hive of choice!

Perfect Poached Egg

Perfecting the art of the poached egg is a challenge, by anyone’s standard. Even chefs get flustered from time to time trying to deliver the perfect egg. It’s so easy to get it a bit too runny or a bit too hard, the white swirling everywhere or the egg splitting altogether. And that’s if you’ve managed to get the egg out of the shell whole in the first place.

Well fear not fellow egg fans, for we have found the guide to producing the ultimate poached egg. Read it, practise and then impress friends and family with your fabulous cooking skills! And if it goes really well why not send us photo of the final dish?

Beehaus VS Wooden Beehive

Have you ever wondered which hive comes out top for beekeepers? If you’ve been thinking about keeping bees and you’re unsure about which accomodation to choose, you might find this comparison helpful. Written by a Surrey beekeeper, this blog summarises his eggsperiences, problems and discoveries in his quest for a self sufficient(ish) life. Trialling both a traditional hive and the Beehaus, he compares the ease and effectiveness of both…and the Beehaus gets some bee-rilliant feedback!

But don’t take our word for it – Click here to read now!

Final Chance…

There’s still time to enter this month’s competition…so why not give our breakfast wordsearch a go? It’s easy as pie and you could bag yourself an eggcellent t-shirt. Just search for the food themed words below and send your entry to stephanie@omlet.co.uk, or Stephanie, Omlet Ltd, Tuthill Park, Wardington, Banbury, Oxon, OX17 1RR, by Tuesday 21st.

But be warned, it might make you peckish…

Words: Bacon, Baked beans, Coffee, Croissant, Fried egg, Muffin, Mushrooms, Orange juice, Sausage, Scrambled egg, Toast, Tomato.

The Omlet Team


Eggs for Breakfast

Eggs are bad for you, eggs are good for you…the eggsperts just keep on changing their minds, but the latest news concludes that our favourite food really is eggcellent for your health. The humble egg is so full of vitamins that it is the best way to start the day, and scientists claim it is good for your heart, good for your eyes and good for your bones. So there’s a good eggscuse for a full English breakfast!

To celebrate this brilliant news we have a rather tasty competition for you. And it’s over-easy too so we eggspect loads of you to enter. It’s a wordsearch, with a breakfast theme! Just find the words below, then send your completed wordsearch to Stephanie, Omlet Ltd, Tuthill Park, Wardington, Banbury, Oxon, OX17 1RR. Or email to stephanie@omlet.co.uk. The winner will get their hands on their choice of egg t-shirt and some other goodies.

Bacon, Baked beans, Coffee, Croissant, Fried egg, Muffin, Mushrooms, Orange juice, Sausage, Scrambled egg, Toast, Tomato.

Mystery Meg

You may remember the mystery behind our last Eglu Owner of the Month…Meg had been the lucky winner of our Eglu Go competition and we were honoured to feature her in the newsletter. But the problem was no one knew what she looked like. Luckily, she hadn’t gone into hiding and a few days after the newsletter was sent we received a photo of the lovely lady.

More eggciting news though…the next day Meg emailed us to let us know that Miss Cassandra had laid her first egg, just double the size of a marble. And a day or two after that Miss Catherine did the same. Well, we do our best to make people happy!

Competition Results

Last month we launched a competition just for kids, to celebrate the school holidays and the Beehaus’ 1st birthday. We wanted you to send us your bee-inspired artwork and you didn’t disappoint. There were some bee-rilliant entries but the one that got us buzzing the most was a colourful picture of the Beehaus, complete with cartoon bees. Although we’ve never seen a bee hanging out her washing before, we like to think that this is the kind of hive of activity that occurs in all our Beehauses.

The artist beehind this picture is Emily Rowell, aged 13. We will be sending her a fantastic USB microscope along with a few other goodies. If any bees are hanging out their undies Emily will be able to see with her new gadget.

Penny for your Sting

What should you do if you get stung by a bee? Put a penny on it!

Struggling to get the punch line? That’s because this isn’t a bad joke, for once, but a real piece of advice. Now whether it really works or not, we have yet to discover, but according to an email we received, a penny really is the cure for your bee sting. After being stung, simply tape a 1p or 2p coin to the affected area for 15 minutes and the pain and irritation should disappear. We’re not sure how this works exactly, but it’s supposed to have something to do with the copper. Could this bee the cheapest antidote ever?

We’d love to know if this trick really does work so let us know if you’ve tried it!

Important Information

As a regular reader of the Omlet Newsletter, you will know
that we have kept prices the same for over two years. However due to UK manufacturing price rises we will be
increasing the price of some of the Eglu range.

As of the 10th of September the new prices will be:

Eglu Go – £330
Eglu Classic – £425
Eglu Pet for rabbits – £425
Eglu Cube 2m run – £695
Eglu Cube 3m run – £795

for a full list please see the Omlet website.

So if you’re thinking of buying an Eglu, order now to save
money. You can order items for delivery at a later date and
we will not take payment until the day before delivery.

Remember the fantastic Eglu Go (suitable for up to 4 chickens) is still £330 including 2m run and accessories.

To order any product please go online www.omlet.co.uk/shop or call our
helpful customer service team on 0845 450 2056

The Omlet Team

P.S With kids going back to school on Monday why not make their last weekend off a fun one, by going to the Moreton-in-Marsh Show? This agricultural show has loads of livestock, tonnes of trade stands and amazing attractions, including an eggscapologist. We’ll be there so come and say hello!


Another week, another newsletter…enjoy!

Craft Corner

Craft corner is now open for business! Come inside and have a browse at our first selection of handmade goodies, perfect if you’re on the lookout for a gift that’s a little bit out of the ordinary. If it’s jewellery that takes your fancy we’ve got an eggstraordinary selection, including some beautiful glass pendants, as featured later in the newsletter. Keep an eye out over the next few weeks for more individual items being added!

And if you like the idea of selling your handmade items in the Omlet shop please get in touch. We are on the lookout for all sorts of bits and bobs so don’t be shy, whether you’re into ceramics, sewing, stained glass or anything else, just email stephanie@omlet.co.uk with your idea.

Egg Boxes

Ever wondered what to do with your empty egg boxes? Well someone obviously has because they have written an article all about it. Written for the eco-friendly website Earth911, the feature gives six different ideas of what to do with your egg boxes, and some of them are pretty nifty. For eggsample, how about using them to store your christmas decorations or to grow some plants?

So if you’ve got a few boxes lying around and were planning on throwing them away, why not read the ideas and get the kids to try some out. It’ll keep them amused for a while and give you some peace!

Omlet TV Results

We had a great response to the Omlet TV competition last month and there were some brilliant entries. Our shortlist of families then made mini videos about themselves and we had the tough challenge of selecting just one…

Well, not quite…There were two families that really had the eggs-factor and we just couldn’t choose between them, so we have decided to make them both stars of Omlet TV. The Elwells are going to be the lucky owners of an Eglu Go and the Tyler-Jones are going to receive an Eglu Cube. Neither family has kept chickens before so they are very eggcited about this new venture, and we will be filming them every step of the way.

In the meanwhile, keep an eye on the Omlet TV channel bee-cause we are regularly adding new videos about keeping Bees.

Win a USBee Microscope!

Listen up kids! There is still time to enter this month’s competition if you haven’t already, and you could win some bee-rilliant prizes, including a USB Microscope worth over £50. To celebrate the Beehaus’ first birthday we want you to come up with a piece of bee inspired artwork. It could be a photo, a painting or a collage…or anything else you can think of.

You can send your piece of art to Stephanie, Omlet Ltd, Tuthill Park, Wardington, Banbury, Oxon, OX17 1RR, or email it to stephanie@omlet.co.uk by this Sunday. Please include your name, age, address and email address.

60,000 New Jobs

There aren’t many people that can say they have 60,000 workers but Margaret Wilson, chairman of Sector Security has just that. They’re a bit different to her usual employees though and they’re creating a buzz in the company. That’s bee-cause these hardworking creatures are bees. Margaret already kept bees, with a few of her own hives in her garden, but she wanted to help the honey bee population by creating a home for them on the roof of her business too. The company in Blackpool now sites an Omlet Beehaus, surrounded by flowers and a real hive of activity.

Although many of the people that work there are happy to help out with the bees there are a few that aren’t so happy about their arrival. Margaret said “one of our workers who used to smoke up on the flat roof but will not go up there now.”

The Omlet Team


Where and with who do you live?

I live in Brentford, West London, with husband, Andy, two children, James (10yrs) and Macy (7yrs), two cats and fish in the pond!

What made you decide to keep chickens?

As we began to learn more about our food and where it came from, we started to eat organic food and had a go at growing our own in the garden. I wanted to give chickens a try then Andy saw the Eglu at a design exhibition and a plan was ‘hatched’!

How many chickens do you have and what are their names?

Oooh, at the moment we have eight girls in an Eglu Cube: Auren, Ruby, Pearl, Butternut, Ascot, Linen, Maddy and Coucou. They are all different breeds and thankfully lay different coloured eggs, so we can tell who is laying each day. Linen (Light Sussex) lays a white egg and Pearl (Crested Cream Legbar) lays blue!

What’s your favourite thing about the Eglu?

The design is fantastic! It looks great, it’s easy to clean (there’s no bending with the Cube!), but the best thing is how safe it is… We’ve had London foxes crawling all over it and the girls inside are just fine!

What do you like doing when you’re not hosting hen parties?

I’d like to say relaxing in the garden with a country magazine, but there’s not much time for that! I love to bake with the eggs, make jams and chutneys from the kitchen garden (watch out for the Pick and Pickle course in September), I’m very involved in the local community and help organise events and festivals. I’m a school governor and a church leader and certainly believe in living life to the full! Then once a week, I write it up in my blog www.HenCorner.com

Why did you decide to become a hen party host?

If you want the truth… I used to demonstrate Tupperware! The Eglu is just a bit bigger…..

But seriously, the chickens have become such a part of our family life that the nick name for our home is ‘Hen Corner’. Friends and family are always interested and some of them have now gone on to keep chickens, so if we can help introduce others to chicken keeping, it’s got to be good all round, hasn’t it?

When was your first course and how did it go?

Our first course was in May ’10 and we felt it went well. We had some great people on it, some travelling quite far to be with us, and we slightly over ran on time due to all the questions! As we are based in London, we decided to run an early evening course, so that people could come straight from work, this was well received as weekends can be precious. We were thrilled with the reviews they gave us!

What do your courses include?

We start with drinks and something to eat, then we follow the course notes and include choosing breeds, chicken health, weekly and seasonal care, cleaning the Eglu, eggs and much more. We finish with questions over cake and everyone goes home with a goody bag, course notes and a certificate!

What’s the best thing about being a hen party host?

Our last course was special as it turned out to be a birthday surprise that Nick had bought for his wife, Sue. As a hen party host, I feel that I’m helping people begin an exciting new journey and look forward to my guests keeping me updated as they go one to have chickens of their own…

Why should people attend a course?

Attending a course gives you a first hand experience of keeping chickens from people who incorporate it into their every day life. Seeing an Eglu in a back garden, holding a chicken, helping to clean it out are great starting points as people decide whether to try it for themselves. It’s a small and easy step on what could be a fantastic adventure…. There’s nothing to lose, and everything to gain!

Example Review

“Sara & her husband hosted a great evening – it was fun, practical & informative, in fact we went well over the 1 1/2 time slot. We were offered the most delicious egg mayo on home baked rolls & Pimms, with Sara’s buttercream fairy cakes to finish, it was no wonder we all stayed! I had already got my Eglu in place at home, but not the Chickens, so I was quite tempted by some of her lovely pure breed chooks! It was hosted in the early evening which suited my friend & I very well, as free Saturday’s can get a bit precious.” By Karen


Schools break up today, wahey and lots of you will be jetting off on holiday for a week or two of fun in the sun. But if you’re staying at home here’s another newsletter to keep you hentertained…and when you see the details of our new competition you might just be glad you haven’t got plans for the next two months!

Clucky Winner

We had an amazing response to the Eglu Go competition, with hundreds of inspiring entries. There were poems and photos, tragic tales and pleas and some funny little stories along the way. It was a mammoth task to choose just one winner, but a decision had to be made..

So congratulations to Margaret Etzel. We hope you enjoy it!

For the rest of you don’t be too heartbroken, all is not lost…read on for your SECOND CHANCE TO WIN AN EGLU GO! With chickens too, and some celebrity status sprinkled on top…

Win an Eglu Go…Again!

Have you spotted the latest feature on the website yet? Along with the shop, club and guide pages, you will now find Omlet’s very own tv channel! It sneaked onto our screens a couple of weeks ago and has been creating a buzz ever since, so if you haven’t spotted it yet, click here to check it out. We have created a mini series about beekeeping, featuring the Beehaus itself, and the Omlet bee family. The Whittingtons were complete newbees to beekeeping, and you can follow their progress…

The more eggciting news is that we are now on the lookout for another family to take part in a chicken versian of this, so if you didn’t win last month’s competition, here is another opportunity for you to get a brand new Eglu Go plus chickens. Not only will you receive the best chicken house a bird could ask for along with our personal eggspertise, but you will be a tv star…just imagine! Think your family would be perfect for the role? Just email stephanie@omlet.co.uk with your details, and ideally include a photo of you and your garden. The closing date for entries is next Wednesday 28th July, so be quick!

An Egg a Day…

We are a nation that loves eggs. Boiled, scrambled, poached or fried, it’s a favourite for us Brits. But we didn’t eggspect them to be even more popular in India…where restaurants are dedicating entire menus to the humble egg. That’s right, there are restaurants all over the country that are making eggs the focus of their food. In many of these places you won’t be able to find a single dish on the menu that does not contain eggs. How eggstraordinary!

Eggsunday is one of these popular outlets, located in a busy food court in Mumbai. Customers sit and watch as the chefs cook egg after egg (700 a day on average), and as well as the usual dishes of omelettes and egg biryani, there are some more unusual dishes on offer such as Spiceggsunday – a dish made from hard boiled eggs topped with hot sauteed vegetables. The best-selling dish is the Bomblette pav – a basic omelette filled with the owner’s secret masala. This is one we are very tempted to try, so we might just have to take a visit…purely for research.

Read the article from the Times of India by clicking here.

A Whole Lotta Honey

We know that bee numbers are in decline, but now there’s some good news for beekeepers. Rumour has it that this season will be great for honey production. Despite the fall in bee numbers, the cold winter and warm spring has caused our busy bees to work overtime and produce more honey. Most hives produce around 50lb of honey a season, but some farmers are harvesting three times as much.

Tim Lovett, of the British Beekeepers’ Association, said “It’s looking like the best harvest for at least five years…The cold winter has helped keep the number of parasites down… we have had a good spring, which has provided the bees with plenty of forage and nectar.”

This is good news for apiarists everywhere, so if you keep bees you might be enjoying lots of honey on toast for breakfast this Winter. Let’s hope you’ve got a sweet tooth!
Read the full article from the Daily Mail by clicking here.

Roll Up Roll Up

Schools are breaking up for the holidays today, so lucky kids everywhere will have six weeks of fun in the sun to look forward to. It’s not always so fun for Mums and Dads though, trying to think of ways to keep the little darlings hentertained for all that time. So here are some ideas:

The RHS Show at Tatton Park is currently running until this Sunday. This is a colourful show full of food, fun and flowers. See inspiring show gardens, eat some tasty grub and say hello to our chickens. Kids 16 and under go free and if you order tickets on the website you will save £5.00.

Also running until Sunday is the CLA Game Fair at Ragley Hall. Kids will love to have a go at all the activities on offer, from archery to quad biking to trampolining, plus there are some eggciting displays and loads of stalls.

The New Forest Show will be running from 27th – 29th July. This is a great show with displays from the Devil’s Horsemen, miniature horses and of course our brilliant chicken houses! Visit the website for more info.

And after all that fun why not chill out at the Big Chill Festival at Eastnor Castle in Herefordshire. This is a festival that’s suitable for all the family, with music from top artists, yummy food and loads of stalls, so come and say hello!

The Omlet Team


It’s another beautiful day but if you’re still fuming from England’s football failure we have a suggestion to help you take out your frustration: boil an egg, put it in an England Footballer Egg Cup, draw a Wayne Rooney face on it and…well, we’ll leave that to your imagination! Or another option – just read our latest newsletter to forget all about it…

Competition Results

England might have been knocked out of the World Cup but we still have something to celebrate because we can finally reveal the results of the omelette competition. Before all the football fever kicked off we asked you to send us your ideas for an omelette to represent one of the teams. We had some weird and wonderful ideas sent in – some more unusual than others and we shortlisted some to cook up and put to the taste test. The results were not as eggspected…

In third place was Sarah’s Greek omelette, with red onion, tomatoes, olives, feta and oregano. This classic combo tasted great as an omelette!

Coming in a close second was Michelle’s Spanish omelette, with olives, capers, anchovies, chorizo, manchego and tabasco. A fun recipe that was full of flavour and a perfect footie snack.

But pipping it to the number one spot was Emma’s American omelette…Now, the thought of eating eggs, bacon, bananas and maple syrup may make your stomach turn but this omelette was surprisingly scrumptious. Eggspectionally moreish – the plate was clean in seconds and we urge you to try it!

Click here to see the three omelettes being cooked. Prizes are on their way to the winners but a big thankyou to everyone that entered.

An Eglu in Paris

The Eglu is becoming more popular by the day, popping up in gardens everywhere and making chicken keeping a trendy hobby. It’s not just family gardens you’ll see them in though, we often get orders from schools and even the occasional restaurant, and if you’re lucky enough to be dining in Paris House anytime soon you might just spot a green Eglu Cube while you’re there.

Paris House isn’t a house in Paris but a top restaurant in Woburn, with eggsquisite food and a beautiful setting. There’s even a famous chef – Alan Murchison, star of the Great British Menu tv series. But despite all of this head chef Phil Fanning thought something was missing outside. He wanted chickens, and he needed a coop just as stylish as the building itself. Of course, he opted for the Eglu Cube, which he says has proved to be “a big hit with our chefs and guests”. He told us “We love our chickens they are great fun. The Omlet coop is brilliant, it makes the rubbish job of clearning them quite bearable.”

You can read what they have said about the Eglu by visiting their website, or why not treat yourself to dinner there to see it for yourself!?

Competition Reminder

It’s two weeks since we launched our latest competition to win an Eglu Go and you have sent you entries by the bucketload. Hundreds of you have emailed in to tell us why you want to win this amazing price and we have been slowly but surely trawling through them. There have been some eggcellent entries so far and we’ve still got over a week left of the competition – crikey! So if you missed it the first time round because you were too busy watching the football or enjoying the sunshine we will give you one more chance (because we’re just nice like that)!

If you want to win a fabulous Eglu Go, complete with two meter run, feeder and drinker, summer shade and 10 egg boxes just send us an email telling us why you want, or deserve, to win one. Simple! Send your entry to stephanie@omlet.co.uk by Sunday 11th July. Good luck!

In the Press

Our products have been hitting the press again this month, with loads of brilliant comments and some rave reviews.

The Eglu has been discovered by the Trendspotter for The Financial Times Online. The article focused on the increasing popularity of keeping chickens during these difficult economic times. “…frugality is no longer a question of life or death, but there are important aesthetic considerations: any self-respecting bantam demands a stylish coop if it is expected to deliver the goods.”

In The Sunday Telegraph Martin Gurdon, author of Hen and the Art of Chicken Maintenance, has been writing a regular column on keeping chickens. He also has a video blog called Chicken TV on the website “Think of it as a riposte to chick lit and Big Brother, but with more interesting characters, and you won’t be far wrong.”

Sainsbury’s Magazine has an article about the mix of city living and country life. Apparantly “a taste of rural life offers a chance to get away from it all” so there are more and more urbanites taking up hobbies like keeping chickens. Anneliese Rigby lives in South London with her husband, 5 cats and 2 hens. She first saw the Eglu when having dinner at a friends house and after tasting their eggs she decided to buy one herself. She says that watching her hens Margo and Barbara is “like a scene from a slapstick comedy”.

The Eglu also made appears in this month’s Which? Gardening magazine. Principal researcher Steve was asked to keep chickens for a year and record the progress for a feature. He had never thought of keeping chickens before so he chose an Eglu for ease. (Good choice.) It was an easier eggsperience than he had eggspected. Steve has calculated that over 40 weeks he has had around £150 worth of eggs, and his verdict was “I’ve enjoyed having hens in the garden and I’d definitely recommend them…They don’t take much work considering the reward of at least one tasty, fresh egg a day.”

And let’s not forget the bees…The Sunday Telegraph has launched the Bring Back Bees campaign to raise awareness of the decline in bee population. The article explains why we need bees – mainly because they are essential for growth of one third of our crops. You can help by sponsoring a beehive or making your garden bee friendly, or if you want to try keeping bees yourself the article suggests going on one of the Omlet beekeeping courses.

The Bugs and the Bees

And talking of bees, it’s no secret that bees are special little creatures; they pollinate our food, make tasty honey and they really are rather clever. But these bee-rilliant insects may just have gone one step further to impress us human beeings…it has been discovered that honey bees could help in the fight against the hospital bug MRSA. The sticky substance that bees make, propolis, has been found to stop the MRSA bacteria from growing. It has been tested on 15 strains of the bug and was effective against them all.

Although propolis has been used as a folk remedy for years this latest research could lead towards developing new antibiotics. And the reason for it being investigated was that it is already used as an antiseptic by bees to seal gaps between honeycombs and preserve their hives from contamination.

The Omlet Team


The longest day is almost here and we are all loving the eggstra hours of sunshine (hens included) and that’s not the only thing that’s great this month; June is all about fetes, food and football and everybody’s having fun. So here’s another newsletter to make your Friday even brighter, and if you don’t like the football you can save it to read later for a bit of peace and quiet.

Record Breaker

Think your chicken lays whoppers? Not compared to this one… A six month old hen called Harriet has just laid a record breaking egg with a circumference of 23.1cm and 11.4cm in length. The typical circumference of a chicken egg is 14cm, so this is a bit of a giant in comparison.

Poor Harriet had only just started laying when she produced the egg, and although she limped a bit afterwards her owner, Tony Barbouti, said it didn’t put her off laying again. Mr Barbouti has been keeping hen for 30 years and said “My hens have laid big egg before but when I saw this one I was gobsmacked.” Unfortunately, the pet boxer Bodie soon broke another record by nudging the egg and cracking it while it was in position for its photo shoot.

Although this is the biggest egg on record, amazingly it is nowhere near the heaviest. In fact at 162g it is less than half the weight of the world record holder – a double yolked, double shelled phenomenom of 456g. Eggstraordinary!

Win an Eglu Go!

Have you always fancied keeping a few chickens in your garden? Do you dream of having a beautifully bright, designer coop in your garden? Can you think of nothing better than pottering outside each morning to collect fresh eggs for your brekkie? If the answer is yes, yes, yes then you are going to be flapping your feathers with eggcitement at this month’s competition…we’re giving you the chance to win an Eglu Go!

Now calm yourselves ladies and gents, take a breath and read what it is you have to do. It’s simple really, just tell us why you want to get your hands on an Eglu Go. Whoever we think deserves it most will receive an Eglu Go complete with two meter run, feeder and drinker, summer shade and 10 egg boxes. Just email stephanie@omlet.co.uk before Sunday 11th July and you could be collecting the tastiest eggs before you know it!

England Egg Cup

We eggspect one or two of you might be spending this evening sitting on the sofa and watching the screen, because, as if we need to mention, England will be playing their second World Cup match. It’s great to support the team, but besides the football shirts and vuvuzelas how else will you be showing your patriotism? With this egg cup of course!

Perfect for the football fanatic this England footballer egg cup will strike up a conversation at the breakfast table. Draw a face on your egg to turn it into your favourite player and have a kick about every morning. What better way to start the day? We’ve even sent a set of these egg cups to the England team to wish them good cluck!

If we lose miserably you can always hide it in the cupboard in shame until 2014!

There is limited availability on these so if you want one grab it quick for £4.50!

Lewis’ Chicks

Omlet fan Lewis recently got in touch to let us know the latest in his world of chickens. He knows it all when it comes to hatching and rearing and lately he has been busy looking after a new litter. It looks like he has his hands full with seven gorgeous little chicks but there is a duckling too! One of his broody hens stole a duck egg and looked after it until it hatched.

We just had to share this photo with you. The new arrival, Orville, is definitely no ugly duckling, in fact he is such a looker he could have just stepped off an Easter card.

Unfortunately there isn’t enough room to show you all the photos of Lewis’ adorable chicks but you can watch them on his youtube video by clicking here. And if you are now feeling broody and you want to try hatching some eggs you can read his brilliant guide here.

Stop the Press!

News just in from Gardeners World Live… Quin has just been interviewed for BBC West Midlands Radio from the Omlet stand. He was asked all about the Eglu and he managed to get someone to take a snap of his moment of fame. We don’t know when it’ll be broadcasted yet so make sure you keep an ear out! And if you want to check out the Eglu you can visit us at the show until Sunday.

The Omlet Team

P.S. It’s Father’s Day this Sunday so don’t forget to treat your Dad to breakfast in bed!

P.P.S. The omelette competition has now closed and we have shortlisted our favourite recipes…the winner will be revealed in the next newsletter!


According to the met office summer has officially started and this year there are new promises of a scorching bbq summer, hooray! Bees are busy pollinating, chickens are dustbathing and people are picnicing – happy days. So in this newsletter you’ll find some products perfect for taking on a picnic, a super summer recipe and an update on this season’s shows. Enjoy!

Competition Reminder

There’s still time to enter our latest competition and it’s so easy you might as well give it a go. With the World Cup kicking off this month we want to find the perfect football inspired omelette. All you need to do is come up with an idea for an omelette to represent one of the participating countries. We don’t eggspect you to cook the omelette or even write a recipe, just send us your basic idea.

We will shortlist our favourites to cook up and put to the taste test and the winner will receive an eggciting prize…£25 to spend in the online shop, plus a selection of goodies that will help you cook your award winning dish.

Just send your idea to stephanie@omlet.co.uk by Sunday 13th June. Don’t be shy!

Bill’s Bad Beekeeping

Most of you will recognise Bill Turnball as the face of the BBC Breakfast Show, but more recently he has had the nation buzzing for a very different reason – his beekeeping experience. After 10 seasons of keeping bees he is quick to admit that he is no professional and has had his fair share of problems (killing three queens is just one of them), but he finds the hobby calming and even theraputic.

Bill was first intrigued by bees when a swarm was retrieved from his garden, and soon after his daughter pointed out a sign for beekeeping classes. He said “it was the challenge that appealed”…and 10 years on he has experienced the ups and downs of this challenge; “When it’s going well it’s great, when it’s not going well it’s very frustrating.” Despite his haphazard method to beekeeping he has been made the President of Northen Ireland Beekeepers and as part of the BBKA campaign he will be out and about spreading the word this summer.

If you have been inspired by Bill and you too like the appeal of a challenge as much as he did, why not go on a beekeeping course? We have a whole bunch of beekeepers that are happy to help, with courses all over the country, so visit the course page to fine one near you.

Calling all Crafters

A couple of months ago we let you in on our idea of starting a crafts section of the website. This will be a whole section dedicated to handmade items, made by people like you – how eggciting! We know that there are loads of you that are very hendy when it comes to making things and this is your opportunity to sell your stuff on our website. Cool, eh? The problem is there hasn’t been a great deal of interest from you, and we reckon it’s because you’re unsure if your items would be right for us.

Well it’s time to open up. Don’t be shy. Just show us your ideas. Whether it’s something traditional or totally whacky that you create we want to see it. So email stephanie@omlet.co.uk about your hendywork and send a photo if you can. You could be a hentrepreneur before you know it!

Shows

The Omlet tour is in full swing now and we will be eggsibiting at loads of shows over the next few months, so here are a few dates for your diary:

The Royal Bath and West Show – tomorrow is the last day so why not go and take a peek? There are over 600 stands to browse, the UK’s biggest cider competition and some of the finest animals in the country. We will be there too so that’s a great reason to come along!

BBC Gardener’s World Live this fabulous show runs from 16th – 20th June and if you’ve never been before it is definitely worth a visit. This year you can book a place on a floristry masterclass, get new plants without spending a penny in the plant swap, and pop over to the Good Food Show for something to eat when you’re eggsausted, because you’re ticket can be used for both events.

The Three Counties Show – this one is fun for all the family so why not get yourselves down to the Malvern Showground between 18th – 20th June for a great day out? See the prettiest pigs in England, watch food and drink demonstrations, or for some real eggcitement there’s the Red Devils parachute display. Be sure to see the Eglu too!

iMac for Chickens

Remember that comparison between the Eglu and the iMac back in the day? Well it’s here again, purely by coincidence this time. We had an email from Chris, sending us a photo of his piece of art which happened to feature an iMac with eggs inside. You probably can’t see from the picture but the keyboard spells out ‘chicken’ and ‘egg’ too. So why had he come up with this eggstraordinary piece? Because the Scottish artist simply likes to do ‘quirky stuff’. He said ‘birds that have such character can’t be eggnored’. We eggree!

Have you been inspired by your pet chickens? If you’ve eggsperimented with chicken art why not send us a pic? It could be in a newsletter! Send to stephanie@omlet.co.uk.

The Omlet Team

P.S. Our range of Pocket Gardens are now all reduced to half price due to being close to or having reached expiry.


The sun is shining and this weekend is set to be an absolute scorcher. We eggspect the whole of Britain will be firing up the barbie and enjoying a few cold drinks, but don’t forget your pets during this heatwave. It is important that animals have access to fresh water and it is a good idea to give them a sheltered spot so they can escape from the heat.

Now that the advice is over why not start the weekend as you mean to go on, with some fun and frolics from Omlet…

Rabbit Results

Last month we launched a rabbitastic competition in support of Rabbit Awareness Week, giving you the chance to show off your beautiful bunnies in return for some brilliant prizes. The Omlet inbox was full to the brim with fantastic photos, ranging from pretty pets to quirky characters, and we enjoyed looking at them all. It was a tricky decision to make but we decided on three very deserved winners…

In third place was Jayne’s photo of her rabbit Chip who is five years old and very happy to pose for the camera.

Second place went to Keith for his perfect picture of his pet Terrance holding a dandelion.

But the medal for best bunny photo just had to be awarded to a picture we never thought we would see. Sent in by Harriet (6) and Jack (3), this photo shows Misty, Aslan and Snowy celebrating Aslan’s 6th birthday. They were treated to a yummy cake made of bread, carrot and parsley with wild pink flowers…lucky bunnies. We wonder if they played any party games like Pass the Parsnip.

Thankyou to everyone that entered – it’s great to see you are proud of your pets!

Coming Soon

The Omlet shop is full of eggstraordinary gifts as well as bits and bobs that you won’t find anywhere else. Yes, our range of egg cups is eggstensive, but we have a cracking range of all sorts of kitchenware, including some amazing mugs that are perfect for your morning coffee or your afternoon tea. We have some eggsclusive news for you…rumour has it that there are going to be some new additions to the collection of mugs, arriving in the next few weeks. We are sure they will cause a bit of a buzz and eggcitement with any of you that love chickens or bees.

That’s all we can say for now so keep an eye out…

Adopt a Beehive

Bees have been in the headlines again this week, with the population of the honeybee on the decline again. The good news is that since the launch of the Beehaus the number of newbee beekeepers has increased, and loads of people are doing their bit to help the humble honeybee. However, we had no control over the British weather, and the cold temperatures are not what we need to get bees buzzing. Throw in a disease that has been affecting the fittest and most able of bees and we’ve been left with a very sticky situation indeed.

If you don’t want to take the plunge into beekeeping yourself there are still other ways you can help to save the bees. Growing bee friendly flowers is one step you can take. Another idea is to adopt a beehive. Sponsored by Saga magazine, this is a great way of showing your support, helping the environment and getting a little something in return. You won’t have the responsibility of taking care of a colony of bees yourself, but the money you pay will go towards funding vital research into honeybee health and help to educate beekeepers. You’ll even get a jar of honey from your adopted hive. Like the sound of it? Click here to find out more.

Eggspensive Omelette

Being eggsperts in the field of eggs we know a thing or two about omelettes, so we were shocked to hear of one restaurant serving a very eggspensive version of the classic dish. The Boisdale resturant in London is offering an eggslusive omelette on their menu for a whopping £90! So why the big price tag for this usually ‘cheep’ lunch? Well, the ingredients are somewhat eggstravagant. The eggs come from the Black-Headed Gull and can only be gathered for six weeks a year, by licensed collectors. Add these to some eggsquisite Scottish lobster and crab, fresh English asparagus and Italian truffles and you’re almost there. Then there’s just the dash of champagne.

Although it might sound eggstreme to splash out almost £100 for an omelette apparantly city workers have been more than happy to try it. Click here to read the full story.

New Competition

Talking of omelettes, if you think you could create a cracking one you are going to love our latest competition. With the World Cup fast appoaching it is the perfect time to plan some tasty snacks for eating when watching the games, and what better dish to indulge in than a quick and easy omelette?

We want you to design an omelette that represents one of the football teams in this year’s world cup. How about a fish and chip omelette for England? Or frogs legs for France? We’re sure you can think of some more original ideas than these…with, hopefully, some tasty results. Send us your omelette idea and we will shortlist our favourite 10 to cook up and put to the taste test.

We will have a gallery of the best omelettes and the winner will receive a prize package that is perfect for cooking up the award winning dish. Just send your omelette design tostephanie@omlet.co.uk by Sunday 13th June.

The Omlet Team

P.S. Did you see the Beehaus on BBC London news? There was a story on keeping bees and some of the Omlet team were interviewed on a rooftop in London. They were asked how popular urban beekeeping had beecome, and thanks to the Beehaus the answer was LOADS! Click here to watch the news clip!


Another newsletter so soon? That’s right, and this one isn’t just for rabbit owners… The sunny weather means those of you that keep chickens should be getting loads of lovely eggs by now, so you will love Tom’s recipe for a popular picnic treat. Talking of eggs, we finally reveal the results of the Decorate an Egg Competition, and Barbara will tell you all you ever wanted to know about your breakfast favourite! So pour yourself a cuppa and enjoy a cracking good read – after all, it is fryday!

Competition Results

It seems like ages ago since it was Easter and even longer since we launched the Decorate an Egg competition, but we can finally reveal the long awaited results. It was a tough decision for our eggheads which is why it took so long to reach a verdict, but the winning egg was entered by Mimi Thorne. We were very impressed by her creativity. Her egg was laid by her own pet hen Dottie and she covered it with tissue paper, drawings and glitter, creating a sparkling specimen of an Easter egg! Well done Mimi, enjoy spending your £25 in the Omlet shop.

Amongst the entries we had an email from Gill Stanton, an aspiring hen owner in France. She really had her hands full at Easter, running an Easter egg hunt for all the children in the village. If that wasn’t fun enough there was then a big egg decorating session for all the kids to enjoy. Sounds messy, but Gill says “Forty odd children and paint – we were asking for disaster buy they were angels all of them.” How eggstraordinary!

Competition Reminder

Although Rabbit Awareness Week is now over, our competition is not. You still have until this Sunday to enter. This one is strictly for the rabbit owners amongst you and it is the perfect chance to show off your beautiful bunnies. Whether your pets are perfectly pretty or just funny and furry, we want to see photos. Get snap happy, send your pics to stephanie@omlet.co.uk and you could win some brilliant prizes, as follows:

1st Prize – A selection of goodies worth over £60, including an Omlet tshirt for the proud pet owner, a beware of the rabbits plaque, a funshade and a complete package of Burgess Excel food.

2nd Prize – A smaller selection of Burgess Excel food.

3rd Prize – Burgess Excel Fresh Herbage and Forage.

Any photo that makes us smile could be the winner, and we have already received some brilliant entries, some that made us look twice… Good luck!

New Courses

Now that it’s sunny and dry our selection of courses is booming. There are hen parties all over the country and more and more beekeeping courses added every day. Wherever you are you should be able to find a course close to you and you will be an eggspert in bees or chickens before you know it. These courses are the perfect opportunity to get hands on eggsperience and really see if you want to take the plunge into that new hobby you’ve been considering. We hear they are a lot of fun too…you might even get a piece of cake! Click here to find a course near you.

Meanwhile, we are on the lookout for people to host Omlet’s first Grow your Own, Bake your Own and Make your Own courses. We know there are lots of you that are green fingered and hendy in the kitchen, so why not share your skills and make a bob or two. If you can think of nothing better than sharing a cuppa with a few like minded people and demonstrating your best Victoria Sponge, then why not apply? Just click on the Host your Own Form.

Bee Delicious

Fancy your chances at winning a Beehaus? If you like the idea of spending your Summer days watching busy bees dancing around the garden and enjoying homemade honey on toast this is just for you. The June edition of Delicious Magazine has a special feature on beekeeping and a competition to go with it. The magazine is available to buy now, with loads of fabulous recipes and articles that foodies will love.

The good news is you don’t have to buy the magazine to enter – just visit this website. The question is easy beesy – What is the correct term for beekeepers? Give it a go and you could win a whole Beehaus package to get you started with your new hobbee!

Gardening Products

Now that it’s warm and sunny there’s no eggscuse not to get out in the garden and get growing! Growing your own herbs, fruit and veg will save you money, give you a continuous supply of fresh, organic produce, and keep you healthy, so why not give it a go? Whether you’ve got a large garden or a small patio there are always ways to grow, and our new range of products will help you every step of the way.

The eco potmaker is a nifty gadget that will transform your old newspapers into plant pots to grow your seeds in. The trowel, fork and transplanter are ideal for transferring your paper pots into the ground, and when you’re ready to harvest your home grown goodies why not use a stylish green trug to collect them in? Our fill your own herbal tea bags are a fun way of using your eggcess herbs, or you could store them in our special herb jar.

Click here to check out these and other hendy products to help in the garden!

Rabbit Eglu Winner

Many of you are fans of the Fur and Feathers Magazine and you might have seen the recent competition to win a rabbit Eglu. Loads of people were desperate to win this rabbity good prize but there could only be one winner. That lucky lady was Thelma and she sent the magazine an email to show her appreciation. This has been published in the June issue of the mag, but here is a snippet:

“What a lovely surprise to receive a phone call from Michaela to say I had won March’s competition of the Omlet Eglu which is just perfect for my two house minilops when I put them outside, thank you very much…. It will be ideal to be able to leave my rabbits outdoors now that spring is here, safe in their new home.

The Eglu is easily accessible to clean out and has an integral hay/feeding/bottle area that keeps it all neat in one place. Alot of thought has gone into it’s design and I would certainly recommend one to other rabbit lovers.”

Thelma is clearly a very hoppy bunny!

Click here to find out more about the Eglu for rabbits!

The Omlet Team

P.S. We will be eggsibiting at both Grand Designs Live and the Malvern Spring Gardening Show until Sunday so why not visit us this weekend? The Beehaus, Cube, Eglu and Go will all be on display so it’s a great chance to see just how fabulous they are in the flesh. See you there!


You may be surprised to see there isn’t a single chicken in this newsletter…it’s all rabbit rabbit rabbit! Why? Because bunnies are brilliant and in light of Rabbit Awareness Week we thought they deserved to be in the spotlight for a change. So whether you are a fan of fur or feathers we hope you enjoy this week’s fun and frolics!

Rabbit Awareness Week

Did you know that rabbits are the third most popular pet in Britain? There are between 1.6 – 2 million pet rabbits in the UK today, and it’s no wonder, with their adorable appearance and sweet natured temperament. But sometimes bunnies can be neglected, which is why the Rabbit Awareness Week is launched every year, to help us give our full attention to our pets.

RAW is running from 26th April to 2nd May this year, and there are loads of great things going on. Vets around Britain are offering free health checks for rabbits and there is lots of advice on the website about feeding your pets properly. If you think you’ve got a beautiful bunny you can enter a photo into the RAW gallery and it might be crowned the face of 2010. Visit the website for more info.

What better time to give your rabbit an MOT and some TLC!?

Biggest Bunny

Think your bunny’s big? Take a look at his one! At a staggering 4′ 3” and 3st 7lb Darius has just broken the world record for the largest rabbit. The continental giant breed comes from a family of extra big rabbits and his mother and grandmother held the previous records.

So what’s the secret to owner Annette’s success in breeding record breaking bunnies? She vows “there really isn’t one, other than just treating them well and looking after them”. Darius gets lots of exercise and has a good diet. A BIG diet, in fact, including 12 carrots, 3 apples, 2 bowls of rabbit food and a cabbage each day. Oh, and lots of hay to snack on between meals.

You’d think Darius couldn’t possibly grow anymore wouldn’t you!? But at 13 months old he is expected to have another 6 months of growth left. Crikey! We just don’t think we have an Eglu big enough for this bunny…

Rabbit Obesity

From giant bunnies to giant tummies. You’d think it would be simple to feed a rabbit, wouldn’t you!? Well, according to rabbit experts 80% of pet bunnies aren’t fed the right diet. Most people know that rabbits need fibre in their diet, but not many realise that it is two kinds of fibre they need to keep their digestive systems busy. Indigestible fibre is the kind you see come out as hard droppings, and digestible fibre is moved around before emerging as sticky droppings and then re-eaten to extract nutrition. Rabbits can get very poorly if not given the right amount of both.

There are lots of great rabbit foods available that will give your pets the fibre and nutrients they need, and one option is the Burgess Excel Feeding Plan. Burgess has worked with leading vets to produce the ideal diet for bunnies, which includes herbage, tasty nuggets, nature snacks and a supply of fresh greens and water. You can read the plan and buy the food by visiting the website.

It’s good to feed your rabbit a small amount of fresh fruit and veg such as apples, cabbage, grapes and turnip, but bunnies tummies do not agree with potato, rhubarb, beans or avocados.

You can win some brilliant Burgess food by entering this month’s competition…

Snap Happy

Rabbit Awareness Week are running a competition to find the faces of RAW 2010 which is a great chance for your rabbits to show off their good looks. We don’t think rabbits get enough credit for their appearance so we have decided to run our own competition too. Every bunny is beautiful and they deserve to be admired so we want you to take a snap and send it to us. The best three photos will win some fantastic prizes, as follows:

1st Prize – A selection of goodies worth over £60, including an Omlet tshirt for the proud pet owner, a beware of the rabbits plaque, a funshade and a complete package of Burgess Excel food.

2nd Prize – A smaller selection of Burgess Excel food.

3rd Prize – Burgess Excel Fresh Herbage and Forage.

Send your photos to stephanie@omlet.co.uk by Sunday 9th May. And it’s not just pretty pets we are looking for – any rabbit that makes us smile could be a winner!

Peter Rabbit

A lot of our products on the online shop are aimed at chicken keepers and we realise that those of you that are bonkers about bunnies may have felt neglected recently. That’s why we are so proud to present our brand new range of Peter Rabbit paraphernalia, that rabbit owners everywhere will love. Peter is undoubtedly the most famous rabbit in history so we thought he deserved a place in the wonderful world of Omlet.

You’ll find bookmarks, bags and bibs, along with some other great gifts that we think anyone would be hoppy to receive. Click here to see the full selection.

Shows

After the success of the Ideal Home Show, Omlet have another string of shows coming up shortly. Our next stop is Grand Designs Live, at London’s ExCel. This runs from May 1st to 9th and it is always a popular choice with anyone interested in home and garden design. You can find us on stand G108. Visit the website for more info.

We will also be at the Malvern Spring Gardening Show from May 6th – 9th. Great for budding gardeners, this is the place to find show gardens to inspire and excite. There’ll be talks and demonstrations to give great gardening advice and lots of stalls to buy goodies for the garden. We will be there too so come along and say hello.

The rabbit eglu will be on display at both shows so if you are thinking about keeping rabbits or you want to treat your pet bunnies to some new accommodation you can have a good old look at it and ask us any questions you might have.

The Omlet Team

P.S. The winner of the decorate an egg competition will be announced in the next newsletter.

P.P.S. We are still looking for homemade items to sell in our shop – email stephanie@omlet.co.uk for more info.


We hope you all had a Happy Easter and stuffed yourself silly with chocolate! The Bank Holiday is over but the sun is shining and the weekend is here so there’s lots to be happy about. And here’s a joke to start you off…

Q) Why did the chicken go to the library? A) To check out a bawk, bawk, bawk!

If you’ve got a better joke (that won’t be hard) send it to stephanie@omlet.co.uk.

Win Win Win!

In the last newsletter we announced our latest competition. We haven’t received many entries yet and the only thing we can put it down to is that children everywhere are just too busy eating chocolate to give it a go. Come on kids, you must have finished your eggs by now, and we know you’ve still got a week off school so there’s really no eggscuse not to enter. In case you missed it, the challenge is to decorate an egg. Simple, eh!? Let your imagination run wild and decorate your egg however you like. Kennedy grew cress from hers to create one very crazy egg indeed!

Send a photo of your amazing egg to stephanie@omlet.co.uk for your chance to win a £25 voucher to spend in the online shop. The closing date is April 16th and the competition is open to grown up kids too!

Books that Buzz

Now that Spring has sprung and the British weather is starting to warm up, it is the perfect time to start keeping bees. And if you are planning to start this fascinating and rewarding hobby we have got a bee-rilliant range of books available to help you along the way. Whether you are a complete beeginner and you want to know the basics, or you have some experience but want to learn about breeding or making your own honey wine, we have a book to suit everyone.

Click here to visit the library now.

The Chicken Man

Anyone that reads the Observer might have noticed an eggstraordinary article in the magazine recently. The Eglu, chickens and Alex Horne were spread across four pages of the mag, for a very hentertaining read about keeping hens. Alex went from stand up comedian to chicken man in a few months and this article tells all about his journey from novice to bird obsessive.

He decided to keep chickens after his wife suggested it, and it wasn’t long before he came across Omlet on the internet, saying “Omlet’s iconic Eglu chicken house design looked so (yes, I’m going to use the word) hip that I was sure my impulsive decision was a good one”. He wasn’t disappointed with his decision, and after watching the new arrivals shake their booties for a while he named them Beyonce and Shakira. Alex soon became Mother Hen to the pair and was devoted, but that was not the end of it…

To read the whole of Alex’s story click here.

Feeling Crafty

The Omlet shop is full of eggciting and eggstraordinary gifts and gadgets but we are about to launch a brand new category of handmade crafts and we need your help. There are already a few handmade goodies available, but we want to give you the chance to add your own creations to the collection.

If you have crafty fingers and have something you think we could sell on our shop just contact stephanie@omlet.co.uk. Send a photo and description of your creation and we will get in touch. If you prefer to send a sample of your product you can – just send to Omlet Ltd, Tuthill Park, Wardington, Banbury, Oxon, OX17 1RR. Don’t be shy – anything goes!

Design Museum

You might remember us mentioning that the Beehaus had been nominated for the Brit Insurance Design of the Year award, a few weeks ago. It was a great achievement to bee nominated, but unfortunately we didn’t quite make it to the top this time. Min–Kyu Choi was crowned the overall winner for his innovative design of a folding plug. (You never know when you might need one of those.)

The good news is that the Beehaus is still on display at the Design Museum until October 31st. This is an exciting exhibition showcasing all the award nominees and anyone with a passion for design and technology will find it fascinating. For more information please visit the website.

The even better news is that we have two exhibition tickets to give away. Just answer this simple question for your chance to win the pair: Which five colours is the Beehaus available in? Send your answer to stephanie@omlet.co.uk by April 16th. Good luck!

The Omlet Team

P.S. If you want to learn more about beekeeping why not go on a course? They’re running all over the country, so click here to find one near you!


Another newsletter so soon? That’s right, and this one isn’t just for rabbit owners… The sunny weather means those of you that keep chickens should be getting loads of lovely eggs by now, so you will love Tom’s recipe for a popular picnic treat. Talking of eggs, we finally reveal the results of the Decorate an Egg Competition, and Barbara will tell you all you ever wanted to know about your breakfast favourite! So pour yourself a cuppa and enjoy a cracking good read – after all, it is fryday!

Competition Results

It seems like ages ago since it was Easter and even longer since we launched the Decorate an Egg competition, but we can finally reveal the long awaited results. It was a tough decision for our eggheads which is why it took so long to reach a verdict, but the winning egg was entered by Mimi Thorne. We were very impressed by her creativity. Her egg was laid by her own pet hen Dottie and she covered it with tissue paper, drawings and glitter, creating a sparkling specimen of an Easter egg! Well done Mimi, enjoy spending your £25 in the Omlet shop.

Amongst the entries we had an email from Gill Stanton, an aspiring hen owner in France. She really had her hands full at Easter, running an Easter egg hunt for all the children in the village. If that wasn’t fun enough there was then a big egg decorating session for all the kids to enjoy. Sounds messy, but Gill says “Forty odd children and paint – we were asking for disaster buy they were angels all of them.” How eggstraordinary!

Competition Reminder

Although Rabbit Awareness Week is now over, our competition is not. You still have until this Sunday to enter. This one is strictly for the rabbit owners amongst you and it is the perfect chance to show off your beautiful bunnies. Whether your pets are perfectly pretty or just funny and furry, we want to see photos. Get snap happy, send your pics to stephanie@omlet.co.uk and you could win some brilliant prizes, as follows:

1st Prize – A selection of goodies worth over £60, including an Omlet tshirt for the proud pet owner, a beware of the rabbits plaque, a funshade and a complete package of Burgess Excel food.

2nd Prize – A smaller selection of Burgess Excel food.

3rd Prize – Burgess Excel Fresh Herbage and Forage.

Any photo that makes us smile could be the winner, and we have already received some brilliant entries, some that made us look twice… Good luck!

New Courses

Now that it’s sunny and dry our selection of courses is booming. There are hen parties all over the country and more and more beekeeping courses added every day. Wherever you are you should be able to find a course close to you and you will be an eggspert in bees or chickens before you know it. These courses are the perfect opportunity to get hands on eggsperience and really see if you want to take the plunge into that new hobby you’ve been considering. We hear they are a lot of fun too…you might even get a piece of cake! Click here to find a course near you.

Meanwhile, we are on the lookout for people to host Omlet’s first Grow your Own, Bake your Own and Make your Own courses. We know there are lots of you that are green fingered and hendy in the kitchen, so why not share your skills and make a bob or two. If you can think of nothing better than sharing a cuppa with a few like minded people and demonstrating your best Victoria Sponge, then why not apply? Just click on the Host your Own Form.

Bee Delicious

Fancy your chances at winning a Beehaus? If you like the idea of spending your Summer days watching busy bees dancing around the garden and enjoying homemade honey on toast this is just for you. The June edition of Delicious Magazine has a special feature on beekeeping and a competition to go with it. The magazine is available to buy now, with loads of fabulous recipes and articles that foodies will love.

The good news is you don’t have to buy the magazine to enter – just visit this website. The question is easy beesy – What is the correct term for beekeepers? Give it a go and you could win a whole Beehaus package to get you started with your new hobbee!

Gardening Products

Now that it’s warm and sunny there’s no eggscuse not to get out in the garden and get growing! Growing your own herbs, fruit and veg will save you money, give you a continuous supply of fresh, organic produce, and keep you healthy, so why not give it a go? Whether you’ve got a large garden or a small patio there are always ways to grow, and our new range of products will help you every step of the way.

The eco potmaker is a nifty gadget that will transform your old newspapers into plant pots to grow your seeds in. The trowel, fork and transplanter are ideal for transferring your paper pots into the ground, and when you’re ready to harvest your home grown goodies why not use a stylish green trug to collect them in? Our fill your own herbal tea bags are a fun way of using your eggcess herbs, or you could store them in our special herb jar.

Click here to check out these and other hendy products to help in the garden!

Rabbit Eglu Winner

Many of you are fans of the Fur and Feathers Magazine and you might have seen the recent competition to win a rabbit Eglu. Loads of people were desperate to win this rabbity good prize but there could only be one winner. That lucky lady was Thelma and she sent the magazine an email to show her appreciation. This has been published in the June issue of the mag, but here is a snippet:

“What a lovely surprise to receive a phone call from Michaela to say I had won March’s competition of the Omlet Eglu which is just perfect for my two house minilops when I put them outside, thank you very much…. It will be ideal to be able to leave my rabbits outdoors now that spring is here, safe in their new home.

The Eglu is easily accessible to clean out and has an integral hay/feeding/bottle area that keeps it all neat in one place. Alot of thought has gone into it’s design and I would certainly recommend one to other rabbit lovers.”

Thelma is clearly a very hoppy bunny!

Click here to find out more about the Eglu for rabbits!

The Omlet Team

P.S. We will be eggsibiting at both Grand Designs Live and the Malvern Spring Gardening Show until Sunday so why not visit us this weekend? The Beehaus, Cube, Eglu and Go will all be on display so it’s a great chance to see just how fabulous they are in the flesh. See you there!

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