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      14.05.2012 14:24
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      The EU version of a very successful product

      Current price on Healthspan website: 60 capsules for £10.95
      Dosage: To be taken at the first sign of a cold - one or two capsules daily for a maximum of 10 days
      It states that it should not be taken by children under 12, pregnant women, breastfeeding mums.
      If you have a medical condition and/or take prescription medication, I would recommend reading the product information leaflet on the Healthspan website before taking echinacea as there are some incompatibilities.....

      In the past, Healthspan sold a tablet form of Echinacea with Vitamin C which I have taken for years, whenever my immune system needed a boost to fight off a cold. However, thanks to the EU and their new herbal medicine regulations, they are no longer able to sell that :-( For a while, you may be able to find old stock from other suppliers, but eventually that will sell out and the only option will be products which comply with the EU regulation for traditional herbal medicines (or risking illegal, unlicensed products of dubious manufacture and quality).

      So the old tablet has been replaced with this Cold and Flu Relief in capsule form, the main ingredient of which is Echinacea. It probably has much the same amount of Echinacea in it, but thanks to the rules about how they can describe it, you can't tell for sure, because they are no longer able to talk about standardized strengths etc. they can only tell you how much juice it contains.

      I suppose we must be thankful that the EU haven't managed to take echinacea off the market entirely!

      So in terms of reviewing this actual product......
      1) It's no good if you are vegetarian because it now comes in gelatine capsules, not as a tablet (I believe Healthspan are looking into this issue.)
      2) It provides a means of taking echinacea to boost your immune system, which I find useful, although I do have to point out that echinacea doesn't work for everyone (most people, yes; everyone, no), so it's really a case of trying it to see whether you benefit.

      So basically, yes, I would recommend this product to non-vegetarians, whilst at the same time bemoaning the fact that the EU have to stick their noses in and stop us having the original product which worked very well, thank you!

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        24.04.2012 18:15
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        A company worth considering

        I have been ordering my supplements from Healthspan for years because I find their supplements to be good quality, well packaged and they resolved the issue speedily the 2 times I had to phone them due to a problem.

        A friend's husband worked in the pharmaceutical industry and he always recommended Healthspan as having the best quality production/quality assurance etc for their supplements. So I decided to give them a try. Originally I ordered by phone, but now they have a fantastic website which has both an online shop and loads of informative articles about health and supplements. Once you are on their mailing list they will send you a magazine full of information and regular offers for reduced prices or discount vouchers, but I don't find these arrive in such vast quantity that they annoy me, if you know what I mean.

        Healthspan are based in Guernsey, so they do warn that products may take up to 10 days to arrive - in practice I have found that it is normally just under a week. If you order multiple items they will normally arrive separately (although they may well arrive in the same postal delivery). I believe packaging them separately makes the customs process easier.

        I have only once had an item get lost in the post - a quick phone call to Healthspan resulted in a replacement being despatched which arrived a few days later. The only other problem I have ever had was one time when I ordered some supplements as a gift for a friend. Although I specified her name/address as the delivery address the confirmation email showed it being delivered to me at her address. As she lives in a shared property this could have caused confusion if one of the other occupants answered the door to the postman! a quick phone call to Healthspan got the name changed and the supplements arrived safely as I wanted.

        They have recently changed their packaging so that the majority of products arrive in a size and shape that will easily fit through a standard letterbox. In the past I often used to arrive home and find either a card tellimg me there was a parcel at the post office, or worse that the postman had left it on the doorstep in full view of the road. No more, they can just be popped through the letterbox and are waiting inside the house, nice and dry even if it has been raining outside!

        Their supplements are not the cheapest in town, you will always find somewhere offering them cheaper but check carefully whether they are the same strength and quality - they probably won't be. If you look around you will also find plenty of places offering the same thing at a higher price, so I would say they charge a fair price for their products.

        Their website or their staff can give you advice on whether the supplement is suitable for your condition and issue warnings for and situations in which you should not take it, but as ever, it is recommended you check with your doctor before taking something new.

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        24.04.2012 15:37
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        Definitely head and shoulders above the standard instant coffees.

        In case you are wondering, I am reviewing the decaffeinated version of this coffee!

        The coffee comes in a sort of oval shaped clear class jar (made of 70% recycled glass according to the label). The jar has a dark green lid and label, showing the brand name, the fact that it is fairtrade and a picture of a steaming cup of coffee against a background of vegetation-covered mountains (suspect the vegetation may be intended to be coffee plantations but who knows???). The label has a red bar indicating it is decaffeinated.

        The contents are described as "Premium instant coffee grown organically and decaffeinated using only natural elements". They state that all their coffee is non-GM. My jar contained 100g of coffee.

        So - what does it taste like???

        To set the scene I should probably give you my background as a coffee-drinker. I have never drunk tea, always coffee but until a few years ago I would only drink instant (and that fairly weak) as ground coffee was invariably too strong for me. Latterly I have taken to enjoying a cafetiere of ground coffee provided I have made it myself about 2/3 of the recommended strength. As you can gather, espresso and me do not mix!!

        With this coffee I have found I really enjoy the flavour and can actually drink it slightly stronger than I do many instant coffees as it doesn't have that bitter edge that so many of them do. It has a nice rounded full flavour.

        I would recommend giving it a go :-)

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        20.04.2012 17:34
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        A good site for visiting the area or an overnight stop on the way elsewhere

        We have stayed at this site a number of times for overnight stops on our way North or South past Birmingham because it's not too far out of the way if you are travelling M1, M5 or M6 (which may sound gibberish given it is actually just off the M42, but there you go......!) We have also used it for weekend stays meeting up with friends. I don't think I would choose to say here for a holiday, but that is more about personal choice than any criticism of the site.

        Chapel Lane is a Caravan Club site and facilities are of the standard one would expect from a club site - warm, well maintained and supplied with necessaries like soap and loo roll. Pitches are mainly hard standing although there are some grass pitches. One area of the site does feel rather like pitching on a car park, but if you drive round a bit there are plenty of other smaller areas divided off with bushes etc that feel a lot better. The site is open all year. Recycling facilities on site and plenty of service points with fresh water, waste water disposal and chemical toilet disposal. Electric hookups on most if not all pitches. Late night arrivals area. Laundry and dishwashing facilites. There are also storage facilities on site.

        The site is conveniently located for visiting Birmingham (bus stop outside site for buses into the city, but not sure what the frequency is as we haven't used the.) Would also be suitable for use when visiting the NEC, which is not too long a drive away. Within walking distance there is farm shop which has things like bread and milk as well as loads of other stuff as well - we wound up buying half a lamb here once and travelling home with the van fridge stuffed full, so be warned! There is also a cafe/restaurant associated with the farm shop which did fantastic breakfasts - check this as we last used it several years ago. Booking was advisable as it was very popular.

        Chapel Lane is reasonably priced for a site within reach of a major city - pitch plus 2 adults ranges from £15.30 to £24.10 for pitch & 2 adults. In 2012 there are special offers - there's a midweek pitch discount which could save you £3-4 and kids up to 17 stay for 1p a night during the summer holidays.

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          20.04.2012 17:05
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          Didn't work well for me at all

          In need of a replacement dry shampoo, I spotted this one on special in Morrisons (I think it was £3.99 when I got it, but £4.69 is the best price I'm seeing at the moment) and thought I would give it a try. I've only tried one Tresemme product before, a shampoo, and that worked ok for me so I was happy to give this a go.

          The claims
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          It says it is for normal to oily hair which is about right for my hair. According to the can it removes oil and boosts body and is 'professional quality'. The can claims 'TRESemme Instant Refresh Dry Shampoo is the perfect solution to instantly cleanse and revitalise hair without water. The unique formula refreshes your hair by removing oil and odour while creating volume. Just a quick spray transforms lifeless, limp hair into clean, fresh hair full of bounce & body'

          The procedure
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          Shake can vigourously. Spray into roots of dry hair (well, if my hair was wet I'd be washing it not dry shampooing it, wouldn't I?????) Leave for 1 minute then work into the roots with fingertips. Brush through and style as usual.

          The Results
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          YEUK! I needed to wash my hair after I'd used it, it felt so horrible. My hair instantly went really greasy, lank and lifeless. Far worse than it was before I used the stuff. The only thing that matched their claims was that it did smell fresher, but looks wise it was a disaster. If this is professional results, I'll go back to amateur, thank you.

          Now, in case you are wondering, I am used to using dry shampoo to freshen my hair up - I know if your hair is in dire need of washing a dry shampoo won't solve the problem. They are great for perking your hair up the day before it needs washing, but once it really needs a wash, a wash is the only thing that will sort it out. My hair was not that bad before I used this, but it sure was afterwards. As my hair was before I used this, my normal dry shampoo would have perked it up ok, so I expected this one to do the same. Sadly my expectations were not fulfilled so I will not be buying this one again, I'm off to buy a can of Batiste.............

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            19.04.2012 15:23
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            Well worth considering, especially if you like fishing AND camping/caravanning

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            This site was originally a fishing venue with a Camping and Caravanning Club 5-van certificated site attached and a rally field. However, they are now expanding both the camping & caravanning side of things and the fishing side as well.

            Progress so far: They have built a new facilities block which includes campsite toilets, showers, laundry, dishwashing facilities, information area with workbench. The other side of the building has toilets for anglers and a meeting room which is available for hire. Additional hardstanding pitches with electric hookup and fresh water. Camping pods.

            Further expansion planned: More grass pitches. Purpose built lake for disabled anglers and another for juniors/trainee anglers. Shop/reception expansion. Tea room.

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            * A big plus for me is that this site has hardstanding pitches and is open all year. It is also within about an hour of home which makes it ideal for a winter weekend away. 2 pitches are designated for use by disabled campers/caravanners.

            * The toilet/shower area is nicely warm so there's no need to shiver whilst getting clean! They've always been clean when we've been there and we've never had to queue but then we haven't been in peak season...... Disabled facilities available.

            * If you are an angler this would probably suit because there are 2 lakes already in existence which seem to be in regular use both by individual fishermen and for matches. Shop stocks angling supplies. There is a disabled-access swim on both the current fishing lakes.

            * Bus stop, train station and village with shop and pubs all within walking distance. Local chinese takeway will deliver to site and the food was very acceptable when we tried it.

            * Laundry room has a tv, so there's no need to get bored while waiting for the washing to finish :-)

            * Staff on site 24-hrs and have always been friendly and helpful

            * Free wifi

            * 2 play areas, one for younger children, one for older

            * various walks around the site (map supplied when you arrive)

            Minus points
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            * Situated where the A507 crosses the main railway line so it will never be completely quiet (does still manage to have a fairly peaceful feel to it)

            * shop does stop and grocery stuff, just angling supplies, drinks machine and ice creams. Not sure whether this will change when the expansion is complete

            * At the moment you may get some noise from the on-going work, but this should resolve itself once the next phase of the work is complete

            * Electricity is not included in the pitch price. Ours was metered and worked out pretty reasonable.

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            Prices vary according to time of year and length of stay. I think it would work out relatively expensive for a 1-night stay but ok for more than that.

            We've been several times and I fully anticipate returning because we like it!

            Camping pods have their own parking space and a patio area with picnic table, umbrella and brick built bbq.

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            17.04.2012 15:47
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            Good quality, attractive site with good facilities and pleasant staff

            This site is operated by Morris Leisure and affiliated to the Caravan Club. It has been awarded 5 stars by the tourist board and 4 pennants by the AA. The site is set out around a lake and has mature trees as well as bushes and potted plants. We normally ask for a pitch at the back of the site and enjoy the walk past the lake to the facilities block. Needless to say, given the lake, there are ducks and geese around, plus a pair of peacocks.

            We have stayed here a number of times when visiting a friend in Wolverhampton, always in low season so I cannot comment on the feel of the site during peak season when it is full. In low season I feel it is a little more expensive than many sites but a bit cheaper than many during peak season. For us, it is worth that little bit more in low season because it is the closest site to our friend that has hardstanding pitches and which is open all year. There is a loyalty scheme, whereby you get a free night once you've stayed so many nights on one of the Morris Leisure sites (sorry can't remember how many nights it is, I know we are well on the way to earning our second free night because we've stayed here quite a bit!)

            The site has a mix of grass, hardstanding and super pitches, all with reasonable space between them. Tents, caravans and motorhomes are accepted. One area of the site is designated as adults only. At the opposite end of the site from this is the children's play area. If you are visiting the site with children, be aware that the lake is not fenced off.

            There is a shop on site which stocks camping/caravanning supplies and a reasonable basic range of groceries. Staff are friendly and helpful. Other facilities include a spotless, heated toilet/shower block, laundry room and indoor dishwashing/veg preparation area. There are service points around the site providing drinking water, waste water disposal, rubbish disposal and chemical toilet emptying facilities. There is also a motorhome service point. There is a dog walk but not owning a pooch I haven't investigated how good it is.

            There is a bus stop within a few minutes walk of the site, with buses to Bridgnorth and Wolverhampton, passing Wightwick Manor (NT) on the way. If I remember correctly the service is something like hourly Mon-Sat (last bus around 6pm) and I think there is a new 2-hourly service on Sundays this year (check I've got this right!)

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            10.02.2012 10:29
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            Well worth a visit if you want to take in the sights of the area.

            First the facts......

            200 pitch site with a choice of grass or hardstanding pitches, with or without electric. Toilets, showers, disabled facilities, dishwashing, laundry, parent and baby room. Fresh water, CDP and motorhome service point. children's play area, recreation room and tv area. Suitable for tents (extra large pitches available if needed), caravans, trailer tents, camper vans, motorhomes. Dogs allowed. Fishing and canoe launching on site - being beside the river, towcars MUST remain on site overnight in case of flooding. Couple of pubs with food within easy walking distance, one gives discount to campers.

            Prices range from £2.90 to £6.75 per night for a child, £5.55 to £11.70 for age concession, £7.95 to £11.70 for adults. Jumbo tent pitch £7.10 to £10.20 per night, hardstanding and/or electric £3.75, super serviced pitch £6.95, non-member pitch fee £7.10.

            So what's it like? Well, I have to say that I've never been in peak season so can't comment on how it feels then. We've been in low season each time, because it has the big advantage for us of being open all year and having hardstanding so we don't sink up to our axles in mud during the winter! So it has never been full when we have been there. Facilites have always been up to the usual club standard - working, clean and stocked with paper, soap etc.

            The location is great - you can relax on site, watch the birds and the squirrels (make sure any food is in sealed squirrel-proof containers!) or go for a leisurely walk along the river. On the other hand it is pretty well situated for visiting all sorts of places - Windsor Castle, Hampton Court, Twickenham, Chessington, Legoland, Thorpe Park, Epsom, Ascot...... whatever your interest you can probably find something near here! Train link into London is about a mile/mile and a half away.

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            08.02.2012 15:44
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            Well worth considering

            First the disclaimer: we stayed at this site in a motorhome a few years ago, so things could have changed since...... I felt it might still be useful reviewing it as no-one else had yet!

            Right, now for the review.....

            The site is open March - September. We went before Easter when the area still hadn't really woken up for the start of the season. The site had maintenance work going on at the time, which meant reception/shop were in a portakabin sort of building, so these are no doubt much improved now (they served their purpose ok then - the lady we spoke to was friendly and helpful enough). Even the best site in the world can feel a bit forlorn at this time of year when there is hardly anyone around, and Grange farm was no exception.

            We booked a ferry/site combined package. When we booked we checked they had hardstanding available and they said yes. On arrival it transpired that the only hardstanding was a sort of single parking place along the pathway to the beach, which wasn't a particularly attractive area to stay and had the feeling it would be a wind tunnel. We decided to risk the grass, parking on mats to give us the best chance of getting moving if the weather turned bad.

            The site is right on the cliff top, which means it has fantastic views but also means it will catch any wind that is going. Tents and awnings need to be very securely pegged. Pitching at the road end of the site rather than the cliff end might be fractionally less windy. The site is generally level. We had quite a lot of wind and lashing rain when meant at times we were parked in a couple of inches of water - despite that our parking mats worked well and we never got stuck.

            If you are starting to get the feeling by now that I have a bit of a downer on this site, that isn't actually true. It has lots of things going for it.
            - Easy access to the beach
            - Facilities were good quality and kept clean - toilets, showers, dishwashing, laundry, they even had a bath if you prefer that to a shower
            - Play area for children looked a lot more interesting than the rather sorry looking affairs I have seen on some sites. (we don't have children so I can't give you a child's opinion of it)
            - They had some farm animals on site which would probably appeal to the children
            - they have barn conversions and static caravans for hire, as well as taking tents, caravans and motorhomes
            - The site is within walking distance of Brighstone village, which has a shop, pub and you can catch a bus there to explore further on the island if you don't have a car with you.

            They have a website at http://www.grangefarmholidays.com/ which includes the ability to make a booking online. Current prices range from £10 for a hiker pitch in low season to £28 for a maxi pitch with electric in peak season. Supplements apply for awnings, pup tents, dogs, extra people, extra cars. They will still book you a ferry/pitch package if required.

            OK, it felt a bit lonely and deserted when we were they, but that was a feature of the time of year - I think this would be a really nice site in season when there were other people around. My only reservation about returning has been the lack of hardstanding pitches.

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              07.02.2012 14:38
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              If you like fruity-type shower gels, you'll love this one!

              I was given a bottle of this as a present by a friend. When I've tried Body Shop stuff before it's been ok, so I was quite happy to receive it, but didn't realise at the time what a gem I'd been given!

              Having tried it, I have decided this is probably the best Body Shop product I've ever had........ It foams up beautifully, smells delicious and the bottle is lasting really well. It doesn't leave my skin feeling dried out and I waft around in a fruity smell afterwards, so if you don't like your shower gel to leave a definite scent behind it, this may not be the one for you. Personally, I enjoy it.

              The added bonus for me is that my hair absolutely loves it!!! I wind up with shinier, softer hair than with any shampoo I've tried.......

              For me it was brilliant value as I didn't pay for it :-) On their website it shows as £4 for 250ml, which is more than I often pay for shower gel, but I have to say, I've enjoyed it so much I may well have to find my local Body Shop and get some more......

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                07.02.2012 14:25
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                Well worth a try to see if it suits your hair

                I'm currently using a bottle of this shampoo, so writing a review seemed like a good idea....!

                First off, why did I buy this one?
                - I've used some Alberto Balsam products before and got on ok with them
                - The price was pretty tempting (under a pound in Tesco - I think the normal price is £1 but I got it on special). I'm sure it must be available elsewhere but can't give you a list of stockists, I'm afraid.
                - I like greeny/turquoisey sort of colours, so that appealed (hardly a good reason to buy shampoo I know, but then I'm easily swayed!)

                Obviously before buying it I checked whether it was suitable for my greasy hair - the strapline on the front didn't seem to say whether it was for greasy or dry but this particular variety aims to give you healthy hair and scalp according to the label. Seemed fair enough, I can go for that.

                So I tried it........

                This is clearly badged as a tea tree shampoo, but it does mention mint being involved as well. I wasn't particularly aware of the mint but enjoyed the fairly strong tea tree smell - tea tree always seems like a clean smell to me, so I'm quite happy if my hair winds up smelling clean :-)

                It lathers up ok and I needed about the amount of shampoo I would expect to use. It's about right in terms of thickness, not so thin it runs out of your hand before you can get it on your hair, nor so thick you spend 5 minutes trying to get it out of the bottle!

                My hair feels definitely clean afterwards, it gets rid of the excess oil from my hair but without stripping it of oil completely, which would just encourage my head to produce even more oil to redress the balance. So it's a winner there for me.

                When it is first washed, the tea tree makes my hair smell nicely fresh and clean, but the smell doesn't last a particularly long time.

                The bottle is lasting well, so I would say it is good value for money, especially if you can pick it up when it is on special.

                Would I buy it again? Happily :-)

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                  03.08.2011 14:42
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                  These taste ridiculously good for something that is likely to be good for you :-))

                  I spotted these in Morrisons the other day and made a beeline for them for 2 reasons:
                  - I much prefer things containing olive oil to the ever present palm oil
                  - I'm trying to avoid wheat as I don't seem to tolerate it very well

                  On further scrutiny, the ingredients list read well: oatmeal, olive oil(9%), salt. No additives of any sort, always a plus point in my book.....

                  Various other claims are made for them - high in fibre, whole grain, suitable for vegetarians, 100% wheat free, low in sugar, non-GM recipe, free from hydrogenated fats and orang-utan friendly!! (In case you are wondering, their habitat is being destroyed to create palm oil plantations ). It does state that they may contain traces of nuts.

                  Nutrition info, Per 100g:
                  429 calories, 10.6g protein, 58.1g carbohydrate of which 1.2g sugars, 17.1g fat of which 2.9g saturates, 10.5g mono-unsaturates and 3.7g poly-unsaturates, 8.6g fibre and 0.7g sodium

                  Nutrition info, Per oatcake:
                  53 calories, 1.3g protein, 7.3g carbohydrate of which 0.2g sugars, 2.1g fat of which 0.4g saturates, 1.3g mono-unsaturates and 0.5g polyunsaturates, 1.1g fibre and 0.1g sodium

                  Right, so that's all the blurb off the packet, but what are they actually like????

                  They come in a red and white cardboard box made from 95% recycled board. The box contains 300g or oatcakes packed in 4 sealed plastic packets, 6 oatcakes in each. I guess the plastic packets aren't exactly environmentally friendly but they do keep the remainder of the packet fresh until you need it. I can't remember what I paid for them, but they are being advertised in various places between £1.09 and £1.45.

                  The oatcakes have quite a nice crunchy texture when you bite them, and a slightly nutty sort of oaty flavour. I really liked them - most of the oatcakes I have tried previously have been acceptable but not something I would rush to repeat-buy on taste grounds. These are SCRUMMY - I shall definitely be buying more! They go really well with cheese on them, haven't experimented any further than that yet.......

                  Oats are reckoned to be a good source of soluble fibre and can benefit cholesterol levels, I believe. Olive oil seems to be in favour with most people as a good fat. The only issue might be the quantity of salt if you are trying to limit your salt intake.......... Other than that, if you like savoury biscuits, I would recommend giving these a try.

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                  Refreshing summer drink with a clear conscience.

                  I decided to try this for several reasons
                  - I've had other herbal teas with nettle in them and got on with them ok
                  - nettles are reputed to have beneficial effects on the immune system and hormonal balance*
                  - Although I'm no eco-warrior, I like the idea of an ethical approach to the environment and to the workers

                  The simple cardboard box contains 20 unbleached tea bags, joined in pairs. Each teabag contains organic nettles, natural lemon flavour and organic lemon peel. They separate quite easily at the perforations. Easy to make, add boiling water and leave to infuse for 2-5 minutes.

                  I have to admit I wasn't sure what this would taste like - the other nettle teas I have tried, nettle has been a secondary ingredient, not the main one. First thing I noticed was a quite strong aroma of lemon, so I was bit worried that it might be overpowering when I tasted it, but I needn't have worried. The infusion has quite a light, refreshing taste with overtones of lemon. What really surprised me was that I didn't need to sweeten it - I usually find I need a small dash of honey in a fruit infusion to really enjoy it, but not necessary with this one.

                  The Clipper strapline is 'Natural, fair and delicious' and that seems to sum this up perfectly.

                  At this stage, I fully anticipate that I will be buying this again when this first box runs out. This box was £1.29 from the supermarket.

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                  *Clipper make no claims with regard to the nettles having health benefits (although they do call it a cleansing infusion), and I haven't been drinking it long enough to hazard an opinion on whether it has made any difference to me. This review is based purely on whether I enjoyed drinking the stuff - and I did!

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                • Khyam Ridgidome Screenhouse / Tent / 32 Readings / 32 Ratings
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                  a great solution for extra living area when camping/motorhoming

                  We use our screenhouse as a stand-alone awning when motorhoming. For us it has been well worth the money it cost, it gives us extra living space which isn't attached to the van, so we can just drive off when we want to.

                  When you take the screen house out of its bag and start putting it up it looks a bit like a giant spider because the poles are permanently attached to the canvas and you open it out a bit like an umbrella! Very difficult to describe, but the system works well and is quite simple once you get the hang of it (they do supply a DVD to show you how to do it - best studied well before you attempt it for the first time!) Tent pegs are supplied although depending on the ground you may need some stronger ones (this is true of most tents, I find). It also comes with a repair kit - replacement joint, seam sealant, forgotten what else, sorry.

                  The base is 3m x 3m, so by the time you allow for the guy lines it does take up quite a bit of space, so may not be suitable for some campsites with small pitches. However, on the plus size, it gives you plenty of room for chairs, tables etc. Ours is blue, but I think the current models are green.

                  The screen house is adaptable - The back and front sections zip open and can be rolled up or turned into canopies using the supplied poles. There is fly netting on all 4 sides, fixed in place on the 2 sides but can be rolled up on the back and front if required. The netting is covered by fabric on back and sides. At the front it is covered by a transparent plastic window which has a curtain inside it. The curtain can be rolled up.

                  With the outside fabric rolled up on all 4 sides it virtually becomes a gazebo, although you may have to be a bit careful with the sides with the fixed flyscreen - we did have someone try to walk through it with a freshly poured cup of tea in his hand because he didn't see the fly netting, fortunately he didn't scald himself!

                  Our screenhouse is now 5 years old and has stood through high winds and torrential rain successfully.

                  You can purchase an inner for it, to turn it into a bedroom - the inner takes up virtually all the floor space so doesn't leave anything much in the way of living area, we were told, but I cannot confirm this as we did not purchase one. I wouldn't recommend the screenhouse for sleeping, as there is no roof ventilation and the one time a friend slept in it, using the inner from her tent which had collapsed in winds, she said it was like chinese water torture due to the amount of condensation dripping off the roof onto her sleeping area.

                  We paid about £250 I think, RRP now is about £360 I think but you can get them for £260-270 on the internet I think. There are certainly much cheaper options around for extra living area, but they aren't all as weatherproof which was something that was important for us as we motorhome in all weathers. This has fitted the bill perfectly for us and has been well worth it's cost.

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                • Fever Tree Mixers / Soft Drink / 22 Readings / 22 Ratings
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                  If you like ginger beer, this is well worth trying........

                  I've recently tried the Fever-Tree Ginger Beer, and I have to say, I am hooked! :-))

                  I love ginger beer but so many of them are made with artificial ingredients and additives coming out of their ears, which I prefer to avoid. This one is different.

                  Ingredients:
                  Spring water
                  Cane Sugar
                  Ginger Root
                  Natural flavour
                  Ascorbic acid

                  It comes in a 500ml glass bottle, shaped with a neck and has a metal cap. The label on the front declares 'Natural Fever-Tree premium Ginger Beer'. It says it is 'Delicious, clean, refreshing and natural. Brewed with natural gingers to enhance the enjoyment of great spirits. No artificial sweeteners, flavourings, colours or preservatives'. The label on the back says it is 'A naturally brewed product that contains a unique blend of the finest gingers, subtle botanical flavours and spring water. Not too sweet on the palate, and with a deep long lasting ginger character. Perfect in a Dark & Stormy, Moscow Mule or non-alcoholic Gunner. Equally delicious as a long drink on its own.'

                  Well, I can't comment on whether it enhances great spirits or not, since I don't drink spirits, but I can say I really enjoy drinking this stuff on its own! To me it does taste pretty sweet, but then I haven't got a particularly sweet tooth, so any amount of sugar tends to taste quite sweet to me. It certainly does leave a warm gingery taste in your mouth for quite a long time after you drink it - carry on enjoying the flavour long after you have swallowed it :-)

                  Nutrition per 100ml:
                  44kcal, 10g carbs, 10g sugars and trace sodium.

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