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Weather-wise garden tips

Tropical air blowing in from the south-west along with a strong El Niño phenomenon have been given as reasons for this winter’s mild, wet and windy weather. Unseasonal temperatures have…

Growing your own fruit bowl is rewarding and possible in the tiniest of gardens, where pots are used to support vitamin-rich favourites like apples, pears, plums and cherries, plus the…

Hadrian's Wall

Britain is blessed with an outstanding choice of National Trails and long-distance footpaths, but none can rival the Thames Path for diversity. I’m standing on the south bank beneath London’s…

Eggs decorated with flowers

Gifting friends and relatives with an Easter egg is a tradition that gives us real pleasure. While treat-filled chocolate varieties are certain to be a hit with children, adults often…

Homemade Easter cards

Now’s the time to start jotting down the list of people you wish to send Easter cards to. But instead of popping out to the shops to buy designs featuring…

Lincoln

For someone who first visited Lincoln 40 years ago, as I did, the transformation in this extraordinary city has been dramatic. Because in that time it has morphed from somewhere…

How to make a coin purse

You will need: Finished size: 19 x 17cm ✤ 45 x 25cm rectangle of patterned fabric, lightweight wadding and plain fabric ✤ Cup or mug with an 8cm-diameter rim ✤…

Lady talking to doctor

We all get blisters from time to time, usually on our feet or hands; our skin reacts to friction, pressure, burns or scalds by producing a painful swelling filled with…

Round cushion covers

For each cushion you will need: ✤ 80 x 40cm rectangle each of patterned and plain lightweight cotton fabric,  eg, lawn or voile ✤ 33cm round cushion pad ✤ Two…

Watermelon

Eat better Broad beans Broad beans are definitely underrated. ‘As well as providing a source of protein, fibre, vitamins A, B6 and C, potassium, manganese, folate and iron, they also…

Shirt cushion

You will need ✤ 15 x 20cm rectangle of white cotton fabric ✤ 15 x 10cm rectangle of bonding web ✤ Stranded cotton embroidery thread in black and a colour…

Summer garden: Bulbs

February to March ✤ Sow frost-sensitive summer-bedding seeds, such as pelargoniums, in pots on a warm windowsill. For something a bit different, sow and grow climbers, such as Chilean Glory…

Shopping bags

Heading out to the shops this week? It’s worth knowing that new consumer rights, set out in the Consumer Rights Act 2015, now cover everything you buy. For the first…

Woman looked pressed for time

Being more active is one of the most popular New Year resolutions. And it’s a good one. Officials from Public Health England warn that lack of exercise is not only…

Tired woman

‘Why am I tired?’ is a question many of us ask ourselves. Below, we reveal different reasons you might be feeling sluggish. Your Diet Too many processed carbohydrates (such as…

Raking leaves for your lawn care iStock

After a busy summer in the garden, lawns can be left worn out and exhausted – especially if the weather has taken its toll. Where the soil is shallow, a…

French Alps

For pools with a view, it’s hard to top the Biotope de Combloux, an ecological swimming lake near the French Alpine resort of Megève. Nestled in verdant meadows in the…

Caramel latte cake

Serves 12 For the caramel latte cake you will need: * 4tbsp fresh ground coffee granules * 4 large eggs, separated * 150g (5oz) unsalted butter, at room temperature *…