How we met: ‘He turned up with two bottles of rioja. We hit it off straight away!’Pedro, 53, and Emma, 45, met in 2010 when he was visiting the UK from Spain. Despite the language barrier, they fell in love and now live together in Extremadura with their three dogs Pedro and Emma in Porto in 2018. Photograph: Image supplied by reader
‘Raising a child without a village is doable – but lonely’: readers on the highs and lows of having a lockdown baby. Bringing a baby into the world can be tough at the best of times, and the pandemic has been far from that. Readers reflect on the pain and joy of new parenthood
Readers reply: do people’s names affect their personality?. 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
All that glisters: flood of fake ancient jewellery dupes buyers. The 3D printer is enabling ever more sophisticated forgeries to be sold as Greek or Roman collectibles
Life in full bloom in a floral designer’s home. Swans and blossoms abound in the charming Rye cottage of a flower expert who works in film
My boy’s genius is beginning to show – one piece at a time. The lion jigsaw is an amazing triumph – every time he gets it out of the box. Could the world championships be next?
Why the dandelion blows away some plant collectorsGardeners in Singapore are dazzled by the dandelion and desperate to get hold of its seeds ‘Part of the fascination seems to be that these architectural seed heads turn into magical, living wind chimes with the slightest breeze.’ Photograph: Alamy
Childcare is pricey - maybe Boris should set up a nanny state?Living through lockdown with young children has changed many of the priorities of parenting – but eating dinner at 6pm isn’t something we can do forever ‘Six o’clock used to be when I would shut down my computer and start sloping out to the station.’ Photograph: Alexander Caminada/Rex/Features
Divorces of the rich and famous: a 1% solution or the start of a trend? With such high-profile splits at Bill and Melinda Gates and Jeff and Mackenzie Bezos, some say the wealthy play by their own rules but celebrities often set standards the rest of us follow Kim Kardashian and Kanye West: heading in different directions. Photograph: Mike Coppola/Getty Images
The joys of my daughter Kala’s birthday gardenThe apple falls not far from the tree, she’s a great young gardener ‘I’ve been gathering seed for months’: Allan Jenkins. Photograph: Allan Jenkins
How we stay together: ‘It’s like the bow on a present or the icing on a cake’ Jayne and Jodie first got together in a way they describe as ‘so unplanned and so random’, but two decades on they’re more settled than ever ‘Just having my best mate by my side, who I happen to be married to is a bonus, and the commitment means everything,’ says Jodie of her relationship with her wife Jayne. Photograph: Jodie Nancarrow and Jayne Watson
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The best plants for harsh cityscapesRock-loving plants will thrive on window sills and balconies Sempervivum species need the barest minimum of soil to grow in. Photograph: Getty Images
‘He grabbed the lead and said: give me the dog’: can pet detectives stop the rise in animal theft?. Dogs are more valuable than ever – which is why so many are being snatched. But some owners and pet detectives are fighting back
What links Play Misty For Me with Reservoir Dogs? The Weekend quiz. From the cab rank rule to East 17, test your knowledge with the Weekend quiz
Could tapping my chest cure my post-lockdown nerves?. I want a quick fix for my anxiety. Will seven seconds of rapid tapping on my meridian points do the trick?
Tim Dowling: I’m not shaving off my beard, just cutting a mouth hole. I’m crouched on the wet back step, holding a mirror stolen from the middle one’s bedroom
A bar with no booze: ‘Anybody seeking to practice their sober pash skills should give it a try’Australia’s first nonalcoholic bar has opened in Melbourne. So what is a bar for, if not for drinking? Brunswick Aces in Melbourne’s East Brunswick is Australia’s first nonalcoholic bar: ‘The sober and sober-curious have a grown-up spot to suggest to mates and dates now.’ Photograph: Griffin Simm