Are blackberries ripening earlier and earlier each year?

Are blackberries ripening earlier and earlier each year? The long-running series in which readers answer other readers’ questions on subjects ranging from trivial flights of fancy to profound scientific and philosophical concepts Is it my imagination, or are the blackberries ripening earlier and earlier each year? Lexi Lennard, London SE20 Continue reading… Read more about Are blackberries ripening earlier and earlier each year?[…]

Sunak's stamp duty holiday behind surge in home buyer interest

Sunak’s stamp duty holiday behind surge in home buyer interest Demand for all UK property is up, but price range reflects chancellor’s £500,000 limit The number of buyers looking for homes has surged in the month since the chancellor announced a stamp duty holiday, with demand for properties costing between £500,000 and Read more about Sunak's stamp duty holiday behind surge in home buyer interest[…]

Where’s the anger over these dodgy Tory deals? | Letters

Where’s the anger over these dodgy Tory deals? | Letters Readers respond to a piece by Jonathan Freedland in which he addresses Boris Johnson’s cronyism and the wasting of taxpayers’ money The sleaziness at the heart of Boris Johnson’s government should surprise nobody (It’s taken just 12 months for Boris Johnson to Read more about Where’s the anger over these dodgy Tory deals? | Letters[…]

What capital gains tax will be due when my daughters inherit my flat?

What capital gains tax will be due when my daughters inherit my flat? My estate includes property bought in 1997 for £68,000 that is now worth about £250,000 Q I am an elderly widower. When I die I expect to leave my entire estate to my three daughters. Part of that estate Read more about What capital gains tax will be due when my daughters inherit my flat?[…]

House for sale in London, good location, overlooks park, a bargain at £185m

House for sale in London, good location, overlooks park, a bargain at £185m Developer seeks to cash out of investment in John Nash-designed property with views of Regent’s Park Developers have stuck an asking price of £185m on a house overlooking Regent’s Park in central London in what would be the UK’s Read more about House for sale in London, good location, overlooks park, a bargain at £185m[…]

To the lighthouse: an illuminating home conversion

To the lighthouse: an illuminating home conversion Contemporary meets historic in a towering design achievement on the Norfolk coast I remember the first time we saw this place, it looked terrible,” says Julian Vogel, owner of a restored 18th-century lighthouse in Winterton-on-Sea, near Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, “but it had such incredible potential.” Read more about To the lighthouse: an illuminating home conversion[…]

Some like it hot: fire up the spiciness of your chillies

Some like it hot: fire up the spiciness of your chillies There are three secrets, one of them is all about being lazy… We all have our gardening heroes, and for me it is without a doubt Dr DG Hessayon. He’s the author of the best-selling “Expert” series of gardening books which, Read more about Some like it hot: fire up the spiciness of your chillies[…]

Where to now? End of eviction ban leaves tenants fearing for future

Where to now? End of eviction ban leaves tenants fearing for future Soon landlords will be able to take action against renters again, which many fear could lead to a rise in homelessness After being furloughed from her job as a cleaning manager during lockdown, Denise (54)* is fearful about what the Read more about Where to now? End of eviction ban leaves tenants fearing for future[…]

Unearthing edible treasures on the plot | Allan Jenkins

Unearthing edible treasures on the plot | Allan Jenkins A return to the allotment after a few weeks’ absence gives a chance to take stock and revel in the sense of calm The prodigal returns after five weeks away. The plot’s thickened. Saturday, 6am, I am relieved and contrite, but feeling guilty. Read more about Unearthing edible treasures on the plot | Allan Jenkins[…]

The Observer view on Tory fantasies about planning | Observer editorial

The Observer view on Tory fantasies about planning | Observer editorial Robert Jenrick’s white paper will do little to solve the housing shortage With the Town and Country Planning Act 1947, the Attlee government nationalised development rights. That is, whatever benefits that might come from developing land belong in principle to the Read more about The Observer view on Tory fantasies about planning | Observer editorial[…]