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?
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SEPTEMBER ALMANAC • Seasonal thoughts & things to help you enjoy the month
Catch of the day • PACK UP A PICNIC, ROUND UP YOUR FRIENDS AND HEAD TO THE NEAREST QUAYSIDE FOR A CELEBRATION OF SEAFOOD
WINES FOR PICNICS
For the record • We all have an idea of what we think a British autumn looks like. But our seasons are changing, along with nature’s patterns. The simple act of watching and noting can help to influence us for the better argues Joe Shute
CAKE IN THE HOUSE • You can make this cake with any of the plum family, or indeed cherries, and it’s best eaten warm from the oven (after a quick cool down).
My day in cups of tea • We asked sunshine bringer Jo Want to tell us a bit about her day in cuppas, a believer in a brew always tasting better on the water
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GOOD THINGS • POSITIVE NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
If you can’t stand the heat… • WHO NEEDS A KITCHEN? YOU CAN EASILY GET BY WITH NOTHING MORE THAN FIRE AND A FRYING PAN FOR TASTY OUTDOOR FOOD
Magical creatures • AN APPRECIATIONOFTHE RED KITE
Go your own way • EVERYONE’S IDEA OF A CHALLENGE IS DIFFERENT. THESE WOMEN PUSH THE BOUNDARIES OF WHAT ADVENTURE IS, AND WHO THE OUTDOORS IS FOR. BE INSPIRED TO JOIN THEM IN TAKING THE OPPORTUNITY TO TRY SOMETHING NEW
I had a little nut tree
KNOW A THING OR TWO SECONDHAND • A rummage through all things vintage proves secondhand doesn’t mean second best
WHERE TO SHOP SECONDHAND
9 WAYS TO MAKE SECONDHAND STYLE WORK FOR YOU
Veg box suppers • AS AUTUMN’S BOUNTY BEGINS TO BE DELIVERED, EMBRACE THE HARVEST WITH DISHES TO ENJOY TODAY AND IN THE COLDER TIMES TO COME
WHAT I TREASURE • Dad’s typewriter
LAUSANNE • CAROLINE BISHOP TAKES US ON A CLIMB UP FROM THE SHORES OF THIS LAKESIDE CITY THROUGH MEDIEVAL STREETS
CAROLINE’S PERSONAL TOUR
SPACE TO THINK • FOR MOST, IT’S SIMPLY A PLACE TO POTTER, BUT THE HUMBLE SHED HAS ALSO INSPIRED CREATIVE GENIUS
WEARING WELL • Stories of the clothes we love
Yoga moments • THE CALM OF YOGA CAN BE FOUND IN JUST A FEW QUIET MINUTES – AND YOU DON’T EVEN NEED A MAT
Where the magic happens • DOWN IN THE WOODS YOU MAY FIND A SMOKING KILN, WHERE ESTELLE ST JOHN-SMITH PRACTISES THE ALCHEMY OF TURNING WOOD INTO CHARCOAL
How hard can it be... TO SOLVE A TREASURE HUNT • CAN SOME AMATEUR SLEUTHING ADD AN EXTRA THRILL TO A DAY OUT? WE TAKE TO THE STREETS WITH TWO CLUE-BASED TRAILS
Treasure hunts to try
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FOOD FOR THOUGHT • A simple recipe, with an interesting twist
Once upon a time • THE BOOKS WE READ AS CHILDREN SHAPED US. TALES OF ADVENTURE, FLIGHTS OF FANTASY AND THOSE SET CLOSER TO HOME ALL HAVE A PLACE IN OUR HEART. SITTING COMFORTABLY? THEN LET’S BEGIN.
ARE YOU SITTING COMFORTABLY?
LIVE BY THE BOOK: WISE WORDS IN KIDS’ CLASSICS
Finding a new direction • HOW YOU EXPERIENCE A PLACE DEPENDS ON YOUR VIEWPOINT. WHETHER YOU’RE EXPLORING SOMEWHERE NEW, OR STEPPING OUT IN A FAMILIAR SPOT, THESE CREATIVE PROMPTS CAN HELP YOU SEE IT WITH FRESH EYES
FLOWERS IN THE HOUSE • Bringing blooms indoors: it’s what every home needs
WINDOWS TO THE WORLD • A LOVE OF LIGHT AND A STEELY DETERMINATION TO BUILD BY...