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Omlet Newsletter – Friday, 4th June 2010

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 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 about your hendywork and send a photo if you can. You could be a hentrepreneur before you know it!


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

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.

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