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Emergency housesitter to the rescue – it’s twins!

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Enjoy your outdoor

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Get hygge: All you need to know about the new obsession with the Danish...

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Free pet sitters… how?

HOW can you cut out the cost of pet care when you go on holiday? It is true! You can eliminate the cost of petcare completely! By joining a...

Coveted courtyards: A patio can make a home an eco-palace

INTERNAL courtyards are typical feature of Spanish architecture, with the Roman and North African-influenced style of the ‘patio Andaluz’ one of the most evocative images of life...

Know your trees in Spain

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Sleep: More important than you believe

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Planting containers the answer to small spaces

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Traditional Spanish gardens

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Nurturing plants to make your balcony flourish

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Ten top home tips that may surprise

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Men overtaking women on being houseproud

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Building an extension onto your Spanish property

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Indoor plants to purify the air

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Go native when planting in Spain

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Safety measures for homes with children

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Tips to consider before painting the outside of your house

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