Apparently it’s quite the thing for the country set to have a few of these woolly blighters wandering round the paddock.
But the wheels of fashion – and social one-upmanship – are ever turning. Alpacas, it seems, are now oh so last season, and this year people with acres of lawn to keep trim are turning to wallabies as an alternative.
Yes, you read that right: wallabies – the hoppy little marsupials from Down Under.
According to The Times, suppliers are reporting a surge in demand (please note that I resisted the temptation to say jump) from homeowners keen to keep the grass in check.
Back in the day, this was done by a team of gardeners, or a flock of sheep, but in these credit-crunched times gardeners are expensive, and sheep, well, let’s face it, they’re just a little bit common (and dumb with it).
Wallabies, on the other hand, are cheap, amusing and, apparently, very good with children.
They have the added advantage of making you look like a genuine English eccentric – “Old Binky … capital fellow, but absolutely bonkers. Pair of wallabies in his grounds, you know.”
Mind you, if you want to really make a statement, take inspiration from Dante Gabriel Rossetti who back in the day kept quite a menagerie in his garden: monkeys, armadillos, gazelles, peacocks, a kangaroo, a wombat, and a large black bull.
Now that wallabies are de rigeur, I’m sure Kensington & Chelsea council would look sympathetically on a recreation of that particular project.
I had a chat with our statisticians this morning, and our own numbers echo this:
• In April, enquiries to estate agents were up 6.4 per cent over the month
• In May, the number of properties for sale listed on FindaProperty.com fell by five per cent. Stock levels have been falling since February and are down 13 per cent since then.
• Asking sales prices are up one per cent month-on-month. This is the largest monthly percentage increase seen since before Jan-08. May is the second successive month that we have recorded a rise in asking prices.
I’d hesitate to call this an out and out recovery, but the lines on the graphs are definitely beginning to move in the right direction.
If you’re a buyer sitting on the sidelines take note: the window of opportunity is beginning to close.
Congratulations to Emma Rushin, winner of the Walkers Crisps “Do Us A Flavour” competition to come up with a brand new flavour for the nation’s favourite potato snack.
Emma’s winning creation is called Builders Breakfast which she describes as a “mouth-watering combination” of bacon, buttered toast, eggs and tomato sauce.
(In a crisp??? Hmmm. I’ll think I’ll have to take her word for it…)
But it seems that our Emma’s had a secret ingredient in helping her concoction become the new crisps on the block: she’s had the hefty backing of none other than the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).
That’s around 12,000 builders who have been behind (ahem) the flavour from the start and have been voting in their droves for Emma to win.
Meanwhile the FMB itself has shown support by featuring branded packets of Builders Breakfast at various exhibitions such as the National Homebuilding & Renovating Show.
So it was happy endings all round when Builders Breakfast was proclaimed the competition winner.
The builders now have a handy portable version of their favourite brekkie and Emma will receive a share of the profits from sales of her crisps – which she hopes to put towards purchasing her first home.
I’m thinking a new-build property is the only real choice here…
With a hot and dry summer predicted, we’ve been wondering which of the homes listed for sale on Zoopla! would we most like to spend it at. With prices falling 18.4% in the last 12 months, now could be a great time to snap up that dream home by the sea if you have the financial wherewithal. Here’s our top 5:
A fantastic 6 bedroom Art Deco home, perched high about Falmouth Estuary with stunning views, charming grounds and for entertainment-nirvana, a 16-setting, circular, glass-walled dining room with sea views. Yours for a tidy £2.75m.
With the exception only of prime central London, New York and Moscow property, Sandbanks, a small peninsula jutting out into Poole Harbour, boasts the world’s most expensive real estate, with an average price per sq ft of £850. Aside from the wonderful views this property affords of Poole Harbour, we can imagine throwing some impressive parties in its landscaped garden which leads right up to the waters edge.
Salcombe, on Devon’s south coast is one of Britain’s most beautiful tourist spots. Its natural harbour features sheltered beaches, perfect anchor for yachtsmen, varied fish and birdlife and a town that offers great dining opportunities. The vantage point from which this 4 bedroom flat looks out over the harbour is what sets it apart.
If you’re attracted by miles of golden sand and surf breaks, then this modern house for sale in Perranporth might well appeal to you. For the asking price of £900k, you’ll be able to watch the sun set over the Atlantic from this spectacular terrace.
Finally, if you’re in the market for a white-washed, castellated, beach front property, complete with turrets, a huge terrace, conservatory and four bedrooms, then this might just be the home for you. You just need to be able to afford the £2.25m price tag.