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Woman's Weekly menopause cake

Serves 12 For the Woman’s Weekly Menopause Cake you will need: 1 medium (150g/5oz) sweet potato, peeled and chopped 100g (3½oz) dried ready-to-eat figs, roughly chopped 100g (3½oz) soya flour…

Growing lavender: if you dry your crop you're beautifully smelling plants will last for ages and look delightful  © iStock

I’m sure that when the Romans packed sprigs of lavender (their favourite deodorant) into their toiletry bags before they crossed stormy seas to invade Britain, they wouldn’t have imagined that,…

Beautiful Osborne House was Queen Victoria's private home on the island (c) Alamy

The Isle of Wight is a place where the clock seemingly ticks a little slower. It’s easy to see why it’s seduced artists and writers, including Tennyson and Keats, since…

To get the best priced trip, book your flight first (c) iStock

Why should I book last minute? You’re most likely to snap up brilliant holiday deals if you can wait until just eight to 10 weeks before your departure, rather than…

Cottage garden path lined by summer borders © Alamy

Make shrubs the backbone of your borders for lasting good looks, says Adrienne Wild   Fall For A Philadelphus If you can only afford the space for one large shrub in…