The Simple Things is a beautiful, useful, quirky and fun magazine about taking time to live well. We cover mindfulness and microadventures, eating and growing, forgotten wisdom, home life and slow moments. It's for people who love their lives but want to take the pressure off and remember what’s really important. We like tea & cake, learning stuff, being outside and the satisfaction of a job well done. Do you?
Bright and breezy • HEAD TO THE SHORELINE FOR AN IMPROMPTU DAY OUT OF RUNNING ON THE SANDS, POKING ABOUT IN ROCK POOLS, COOKING ON AN OPEN FIRE AND BREATHING IN THE SEA AIR
APRIL ALMANAC • Seasonal thoughts & things to help you enjoy the month
ALMANAC • Seasonal thoughts & things to help you enjoy the month
CAKE IN THE HOUSE • A light, lemony and fragrant cake that goes well with a cuppa and is even better the day after it’s baked.
My day in cups of tea • We take a snoop around microbaker Annabel Carter’s kitchen and find out how she spends her day in loaves and cuppas
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GOOD THINGS • POSITIVE NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
Heart, body and soul CHOCOLATE • CREATE AND COOK WITH A SIMPLE INGREDIENT TO FEED YOU WELL, GIVE TO OTHERS AND TO LIFT YOUR SPIRITS
Wheels in motion • There’s nothing like the feeling of freedom that comes from getting on a bike. Cycling has always been a force for change, argues Hannah Ross, and perhaps it will be again
WHAT I TREASURE
GET A PIZZA THE ACTION • GROW YOUR OWN DINNER, EVEN IN THE SMALLEST OF OUTDOOR SPACES, BY PLANTING A HANGING BASKET WITH THE INGREDIENTS TO TOP A PIZZA
HOW TO HELP YOUR HANGING BASKETS THRIVE
Walking with purpose • OVER THE LAST YEAR, WALKING HAS BECOME A REASON TO LEAVE THE HOUSE. BUT IT CAN BE MUCH MORE – OFFERING MANY WAYS TO EXPLORE AND EXPERIENCE THE WORLD. MEET THESE WALKERS WHO EACH STEP OUT FOR DIFFERENT REASONS AND NEXT TIME YOU WALK, TRY IT IN SOMEONE ELSE’S SHOES
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COOL FOR CATS • WE ARE A NATION OF PET PAMPERERS, FOR SURE, BUT SOME OF US TAKE ‘MAKING OUR CATS AT HOME’ TO ANOTHER LEVEL
Magical creatures • AN APPRECIATION OF THE BUMBLEBEE
Baked in Britain • REGIONAL BAKING HAS A RICH HISTORY OF FLAVOURS AND TRADITIONS, SAYS REGULA YSEWIJN, AS SHE CELEBRATES THE BRITISH BUN
DURBAN • DURBANITE NICOLA ASHE LOVES TO CHAMPION LOCAL. SHE INTRODUCES US TO HER CITY WITH ITS RELAXED HOLIDAY VIBE
NICOLA’S PERSONAL TOUR
A POETIC PAUSE • A Solo Rescue Mission to Weston-Super-Mare
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The big chill • IT’S NOT FOR THE FAINTHEARTED, BUT A COLD WATER PLUNGE CAN MAKE YOU FEEL REINVIGORATED AND READY FOR LIFE
Braving the cold • Ready to take the plunge? Some good preparation will help
ROMANCING THE TOME • THERE ARE CERTAIN STORIES ALMOST GUARANTEED TO GET THE HEART FLUTTERING. AS SALES AND ADAPTATIONS SOAR, WE INVESTIGATE OUR LOVE AFFAIR WITH ROMANTIC FICTION
SWEET NOTHINGS • We’re repurposing these classic romance quotes – no brooding partner required
A LABOUR OF LOVE • Georgette Heyer scrupulously researched her Regency tales – luckily, you can use this handy recipe.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT • A simple recipe, with an interesting twist
WEARING WELL • Stories of the clothes we love POCKETS
THE URBAN APOTHECARY • We share our towns and cities with wondrous plants that are good to eat, grow, heal or make things with. And you don’t have to be a botanist to find them with this busy person’s guide
FLOWERS IN THE HOUSE • Bringing blooms indoors: it’s what every home needs
BLUE SKY LIVING • A RUN-DOWN FACTORY IN FRANCE IS TRANSFORMED INTO LIGHT-FILLED MODERN HOMES FOR FRIENDS