The First Epic Tartan Trail Journal Entry

1st August 2011 by

There’s just one week to go until the second cycle tour of the summer, Tartan Trail, hits the road. Our two trusty tour liaisons are here in the office making last minute preparations and confusing everyone by both being called Lucy (or Luci, but spelling it differently doesn’t help much in conversation).

Good day to all! Luci and Lucy here, tuning in from the Otesha office, Tower Hamlets, somewhere in East London…

We’ve been working away feverishly all week surrounded by piles of maps, cups of coffee and endless roasted corn snacks to keep us sustained in our mission to have everything prepared for a week today, when the Tartan Trail adventure begins!! The lovely Otesha office staff have welcomed us with open arms and loads of amazing home grown/ prepared and cooked food, every day for lunch! Lucy very quickly stopped bringing in her peanut butter sandwiches.

The route is coming along nicely. We’ve got some epic days planned and lots of lovely surprises. We’re particularly excited about staying and performing in a tiny village called Gartmore, which has ONE ROAD. JUST ONE!! Well, one main road anyway.

We’ve also had some serious chats about serious things, and we’ve learnt about consensus decision making which involves lots of strange hand gestures! All very very exciting and new.

Right we’re off now to eat lunch at the Foodcycle community café nearby (it’s a tough life), can’t wait to meet our lovely tour members next week at Whitmuir Organic Farm and commence our epic summer adventure, being sustainable and inviting others to join us!

All our bicycling and eco-love,

Lucy and Luci (your neighbourhood friendly tour liaisons)

In the carpark garden

24th February 2011 by

Last May when we moved offices everyone got very excited about the courtyard we face onto. The letting agents think it’s a carpark, but we maintain that it’s a courtyard. And everyone knows that a courtyard needs two things: bike racks and greenery.

Said letting agents did actually get some extra bike racks installed for the cycling behemoth that is Otesha. They have frowned a bit about the greenery, but we have persisted. So much so that even in February we’ve been eating carpark garden grown salad in our lunches.

Together with our officemates My Bnk and Foodcycle we’ve begged, borrowed and found-in-skips enough pots and planters to meet our growing needs. We filled them with compost from Spitalfields City Farm and from our very own wormcafe. We scattered some seeds, sat back at our desks and watched them grow. Over the summer we ate our own tomatoes, chives, chillies, mint, green beans, basil, rosemary, nasturtium, rocket and mizuna. The wormery takes care of all food waste and teabags (the teabags far outweigh the food waste, either we’re not very wasteful or we drink too much tea).

We haven’t yet decided what to plant this year. The mizuna just keeps on coming, the chives are just popping their heads up through the soil and we’ve got a coriander sprouting in preparation on the desk. There’s talk of trying potatoes and strawberries, one of the interns wants to make strawberry mash!


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