UK house prices raised age of ownership by eight years since 1997

UK house prices raised age of ownership by eight years since 1997 In 2018 buyers were 34 before half had bought their own home; in 1997 the age was 26 Britain’s increasingly unaffordable housing market has delayed the age when most adults become homeowners by at least eight years since 1997, according Read more about UK house prices raised age of ownership by eight years since 1997[…]

Must I pay higher-rate stamp duty because of my flat in Athens?

Must I pay higher-rate stamp duty because of my flat in Athens? Reader inherited a flat in Athens 15 years ago and is now looking to buy a flat in London Q I inherited a flat in Athens when my mum passed away over 15 years ago. I moved to London in Read more about Must I pay higher-rate stamp duty because of my flat in Athens?[…]

Refrigerdating: would you date someone because of what's in their fridge? | Arwa Mahdawi

Refrigerdating: would you date someone because of what’s in their fridge? | Arwa Mahdawi Samsung’s new service allows people to bond over their choice of perishables. Time to throw out those mouldy vegetables If you are single and looking for a cool new way to meet people, Samsung has just the thing. Read more about Refrigerdating: would you date someone because of what's in their fridge? | Arwa Mahdawi[…]

The joy of growing extinct plants

The joy of growing extinct plants Some plants can no longer survive in the wild, but hand-pollinated seeds allow them to live on in your home patch There is something fascinatingly weird about us gardeners. For as much as horticulture is all about the therapeutic art of nurturing and caring for plants, Read more about The joy of growing extinct plants[…]

How punitive rents encourage more imaginative alternatives

How punitive rents encourage more imaginative alternatives Tenants and others who found unusual ways to keep a roof over their head in an era of record costs Renting a property in the UK can be a bleak business. The average monthly rent rose to £932 last month and in London it is Read more about How punitive rents encourage more imaginative alternatives[…]

In the cold, there’s hungry birds, thick ice and frogs to liberate

In the cold, there’s hungry birds, thick ice and frogs to liberate The pond ice was an inch thick, so Allan Jenkins broke through with a heavy hoe and launched Operation Free the Frogs Perhaps it is time I learned patience. First surgery, then snow, now pretty constant rain. The sacks of Read more about In the cold, there’s hungry birds, thick ice and frogs to liberate[…]

Men, does your decor let you down? Let me introduce you to feng shuggy | Kevin McKenna

Men, does your decor let you down? Let me introduce you to feng shuggy | Kevin McKenna Bin the football posters and black leather sofas and break out the baobab scented candles Along with other leftwing types, I was tempted to disparage some of the observations of a high-profile interiors analyst. Suzanne Read more about Men, does your decor let you down? Let me introduce you to feng shuggy | Kevin McKenna[…]

Green house: inside a plant-filled London home

Green house: inside a plant-filled London home A forest of house plants plus rooflights and glass sliding doors cleverly merge the outside with the inside in this Georgian townhouse The greening of Julia Thompson’s townhouse began long before the current trend for houseplants in all their frondy, glossy, Instagrammed glory. “Plants bring Read more about Green house: inside a plant-filled London home[…]

Plant Jerusalem artichokes now for a plentiful supply | Alys Fowler

Plant Jerusalem artichokes now for a plentiful supply | Alys Fowler Our gardening expert on the divisive tubers Jerusalem artichokes tend to divide people. To some they are the devil’s work, whereas others can’t get enough, particularly at this time of year, when the tubers have been mellowed and sweetened by frost. Read more about Plant Jerusalem artichokes now for a plentiful supply | Alys Fowler[…]

Gardening tips: plant tree ivy

Gardening tips: plant tree ivy Then trim hellebores and invest in a guide to cacti and succulents Plant this Tree ivy (× Fatshedera lizei) is one of the few plants that thrives indoors or out. It’s a cross between ivy (hedera) and fatsia with large evergreen leaves, but it won’t cling like Read more about Gardening tips: plant tree ivy[…]

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