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Did you Win the £35 GoodnessDirect Voucher? Check here

Our article about Online Shopping highlighted the service offered by GoodnessDirect who provided a £35 voucher to give away to an In Balance reader.

The winner was P Gibson of London. Congratulations! Have fun selecting your goodies from the GoodnessDirect website!

By the way we will soon be adding some wheat free recipes using rice flour available from GoodnessDirect.

If you have any recipes suitable for anyone with a particular food intolerance let us know and we could add it to our Recipe Book.

If you are interested in other In Balance giveaways go to the Giveaways Section


London Sketchbook a pictorial guide book – Six to Give Away*

As I opened the packaging of a copy of another guide to London my thoughts were, well, Not another guide to London! Surely there must be sufficient already, a fact borne out by witnessing tourists of all nationalities armed with guides of all shapes and sizes and in a plethora of languages teeming through the London streets.

But I have to say that this one is just a little different. For a start the London Sketchbook* (see below for giveaway form) looks different, a slim hardback volume in A5 format with a delightful impression of Tower Bridge and the City on the cover. It doesn’t readily sit into a niche – it’s partly a traditional guidebook, partly a guided walks book, but what makes it stand out from the crowd are the wonderful line and wash illustrations drawn by the author Jim Watson and the very personal style of writing.

ParliamentFor him, creating this book seems to have been a labour of love; he first visited all the places he writes about and then set about drawing them with helpful annotations attached. The colours are really beautiful and all the people illustrated alongside the sights are smiling and happy!

As a seasoned Londoner who spends much of her time tramping through the capital’s street, there wasn’t that much the guide taught me – I have the Blue Guide to London for that, crammed with every fact and figure you could wish for. But as a guide, this little book would be excellent for a first-time visitor wanting to concentrate on the main attractions.

The ten areas broadly covered are

  • Central London
  • Piccadilly and St James’s
  • Whitehall and Westminster
  • South Bank to Fleet Street
  • The City, Tower of London
  • Chelsea
  • Knightsbridge
  • Bloomsbury and Marylebone

There is no mention of Camden Town with its famous market, Banglatown and the revival of London’s East End. These newly created latter attractions are interesting to visit but offer more a retail opportunity than a historical interest. But in my experience, most visitors who don’t know London come here with the express intention of seeing exactly the sights in this book. And in it they have quirky anecdotes as well as just enough facts to avoid knowledge overload.

It’s as up-to-date as any guide can be; I couldn’t help feeling that had it been written some time later, there would have been a mention of the city’s famous ‘Boris bikes’ because it’s just that sort of information it contains.Piccadilly Circus

I’ve enjoyed browsing through it in the comfort of my own flat, but I can’t wait for my first overseas visitor (I get quite a few of them) so they can discover the wonders of London with the help of this delightful little book.

London Sketchbook is published by Survival Books  and available on Amazon

To view the list of winners click here

Jeannette NelsonArts Critic
A bit of a culture vulture, Jeannette enjoys art exhibitions, cinema and classical music, but her main interest is the theatre. For several years she ran theatre discussion groups for which her MA in Modern Drama together with teaching skills stood her in good stead. She prefers to concentrate on the many off West End and fringe productions as well as that real treasure of the London theatre scene, the National.



To enter complete the form below. One entry per household. The draw will be held on 18 August 2011 so entries will be accepted up to and including 17 August 2011.


Art in Clay Outdoor Exhibition – Hatfield House, Hertfordshire

Ostinelli & Priest

Ostinelli & Priest

This has to be one of the most interesting and fun outdoor art exhibitions we have visited. There is always a really friendly atmosphere – all the potters and ceramicists are very approachable and interested to talk to visitors.

Details for the 2013 show are on

The range and diversity of the work of British potters is well known and this show always has lots to admire and be attracted to. Some work is just so out of the box it’s a joy to behold!

Children are of course very welcome, there is plenty of space for them to run around and enjoy themselves and the opportunity to make clay pots.

A young boy tries his hand at making a pot on the wheel

A young boy tries his hand at making a pot on the wheel

We put together a slideshow of the 2008 show – if you would like to have a look click here.

The 2011 exhibition underlined The Japanese Earthquake which had a disastrous effect on the world famous pottery town in Japan called Mashiko. The town had over 400 pottery workshops many of which have collapsed together with kilns, houses and the town’s museums. Bernard Leach met Shoji Hamada when he was studying pottery in Japan and became lifelong friends. They helped each other with the development of their potteries.

Catherine Thom, daughter of a Northern Ireland potter whose work was strongly influenced by Bernard Leach and Japanese pottery, is an international classical guitarist, and  recorded a cd to raise funds for the Japanese Disaster Fund. Catherine gave three concerts on each of the three days of the Art in Clay exhibition – all non-ticket donation events.

Art in Clay is a great event for pottery lovers and the organisers are offering Two for the Price of One entry fee on all three days of the show.

For even more information and regular up-dates see the News page.

Val Reynolds, Editor


Authorised by Andy McInnes, Exhibition Organiser


Online Shopping is Greenest … unless you walk! + Voucher Giveaway

Shopping online with a home delivery service is twenty four times ‘greener’ than a car journey to the shops¹

Delivery from Goodness Direct

Delivery from Goodness Direct

Makes sense. One vehicle for lots of addresses, rather than every household burning its own petrol.

Of course, taking the bus is preferential (you have to get out of the house some time) but it can still be more eco-friendly to have your shopping delivered to your home – leaving you more time to do the things you like.

If you shop with Goodness Direct you’ll find even more ways to go green. They have thousands of ethical goods on their shelves, whether it’s organic foods, eco-cleaning products or earth friendly cosmetics.

It’s an Aladdin’s cave of natural products and ethical goodies. There’s fairtrade foods, cruelty free toiletries, natural baby products, organic fruit and veg and special diet foods. It makes shopping a breeze.

So paint each and every day a little more green with GoodnessDirect. Plus, online orders over £35 ordered online are delivered free to anywhere in the UK.

WIN A VOUCHER WORTH £35 to spend at the Goodness Direct website

We have a prize voucher £35 worth of GoodnessDirect shopping vouchers to give to one lucky In Balance reader! Using the form below enter the prize draw and be in with a chance of winning your first GoodnessDirect home delivery FREE!

Entries, limited to one per household, should reach us no later than 15 July 2011.

17 7 2011: Update: The winner was Pauline Gibson of London

Val Reynolds Brown, Editor

¹Green Logistics paper: Carbon Auditing the Last Mile: Modelling the Environment Impacts of Conventional and Online Non-food Shopping; J. Edwards, A. McKinnon and S. Cullinane, 2009

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Were you a Giveaway Winner? Supa Drippa Taps

Supa Drippa Taps

Supa Drippa Taps

Of all the gardening gadgets, products, equipment we have come across so far, these taps are the most useful. We are really happy we had some to giveaway. They saved our plants in the drought because we could target the tender and precious ones, right where they needed water, next to the stem in the case of the tomatoes. And those tomato plants are looking very good.

Leaving the milk containers in place means when we want to feed the tomatoes, generally once a fortnight – we just remove the cap, pour in the fertiliser mix and away they go!

Simple, time saving and effective, see our feature SOS – Save Your Plants.Milk containers used to water and feed Tomato plants

So the lucky In Balance readers who have won a pack of 10 taps sponsored by The Organic Catalogue are:

  • A Westley, Chesham
  • V Brown Chichester
  • T Karweni, Aldershot

Happy watering!


By the way is the website we write about the ongoing renovation and care of a front garden in a garden city

Val Reynolds Brown, Editor








Owl Energy Monitor Were You a Winner?

Owl Energy Monitor

Owl Energy Monitor

The winners of the Owl Energy Monitor were:

S Collinge, Blackpool
S Purser, Stoney Stanton
Sharon Wallis, Prestwich

To enter our giveaway draws be sure to subscribe – see below –  so you know when and what is on offer.


Were You a Winner? Dress Book

Colour me Slimmer by Veronique Henderson

Colour me Slimmer by Veronique Henderson

The winners of the Colour Me Slimmer books offered in our feature, are:

J Bryan, Peterborough
S Pearmain, Harrow
J Reynolds, Waterlooville


The New You Beauty Show – Giveaway Tickets

The New You Beauty Show

The New You Beauty Show

We’re making a point of getting to the Health & Beauty Show at Hertford on 19 June not just because we heard a whisper, well more than a whisper actually! of some rather special goody bags with some of our favourite skincare products, oh no, but because it promises to be an interesting event for anyone really into wellbeing for themselves and those they love. There will be the chance for treatments and to watch demonstrations.

We have two pairs of tickets to giveaway to In Balance readers – To enter complete the form below. Include The New You Beauty Show in the Subject box and your contact details in the text box.  Final date of entry 10 June 2011. One application per household.

Val Reynolds Brown, Editor

Prize Draw – Supa Drippa Taps

We are great fans of these extremely useful devices that help the busy gardener with watering precious plants. You can control the flow of water and spread watering over a period of a week using a discarded plastic milk container and a dinky little tap.

Inexpensive, efficient and fuss free we love these Supa Drippas – see our feature.

We have three packs of ten worth £11.95 + £1 pp provided by The Organic Catalogue, to giveaway to our readers. To enter the prize draw just send an email to, with Supa Drippa in the subject box and full contact details in the text box.

One entry per household, closing date is 12 June 2011.

By the way is the website we write about the ongoing renovation and care of a front garden in a garden city


Giveaway Winner – Brother Labeller

The feature we wrote about the Brother P-touch Labeller included a popular giveaway.

We are pleased to say the winner is C Farley from East Sussex.

Click on the Sign Me Up button on the right to be sure to receive details of future features and giveaways.

Val Reynolds Brown, Editor

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