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Palazzo of dreams13h Palazzo of dreams
Living above Leonardo’s Milanese vineyard is a constant source of inspiration for fashion designer Massimo Alba Not many people can say that they share an address with Leonardo da Vinci, but Massimo Alba can. The fashion designer’s Milan apartment is part of the Casa degli Atellani, an elegant palazzo and one of the city’s most celebrated museums. It is also home to the vineyard gifted to da Vinci by the Duke of Milan, Ludovico Maria Sforza, in 1498. “Every time I come home, I feel privileged to be living in this terrific place, surrounded by good energy,” says Alba as he leads the way through the museum to the garden where the Renaissance artist tended to his vines.
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Tunnel of love: a wartime Nissen hut brought to life18h Tunnel of love: a wartime Nissen hut brought to life
When a three-generation family moved to a smallholding in Wales, they reimagined an old military shelter as a stylish second space A rusting wartime Nissen hut was not in the gameplan when architect Damon Webb moved from Brighton to mid-Wales with his daughter and her family four years ago. Tired of the fast pace and density of people where he lived, Webb, 52, was searching for an alternative. He wanted space to keep bees and chickens, and to pursue his interests in permaculture, self-sufficiency and the humane rearing of animals.
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Gardening tips: plant garlic chives - the herb that keeps on giving18h Gardening tips: plant garlic chives - the herb that keeps on giving
Split large rhubarb plants and find a local apple day event
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How to plant trees – and help save the planet | Alys Fowler18h How to plant trees – and help save the planet | Alys Fowler
Mass tree planting may be one of the simplest and cheapest ways to help the environment – and now is the time to get started My friend Ming is a friend of oaks. Whenever she sees a sapling that’s doomed to be mown or trampled, or has appeared in the middle of a vegetable bed, she is there to rehome it. Now, when I see an oak sapling in the wrong spot, I think of her and move it. To love trees is to invest hope in the future. To have faith in times to come is not easy right now, but there is
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Mortgage prisoners: domestic abuse survivors on how they got trapped22h Mortgage prisoners: domestic abuse survivors on how they got trapped
Homeowners fleeing toxic relationships can get stuck with large mortgages they can’t escape Four years ago, without a word of warning, Wendy’s estranged husband stopped paying his share of the mortgage, leaving the mother of one to pay the full £1,100 a month. Despite this, Wendy*, 46, was still at the mercy of her abusive ex, who prevented the sale of the property and refused to sign the papers when she negotiated a new mortgage rate.
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Mortgages: 40-year terms are becoming the norm – but watch out22h Mortgages: 40-year terms are becoming the norm – but watch out
First-time buyers could end up paying a lot more – and not be mortgage-free until their 70s Mortgages with a maximum term of 40 years are now becoming the norm, according to new data this week. However, with the average age of a first-time buyer
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