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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Things to want and wish for • Loving your home, inside and out. Books and treats for you to enjoy.
Markets & fairs
Maker of the month
Looking back, moving forwards • BY CARVING OUT TIME TO REFLECT ON OUR LIVES, WE CAN CREATE A POSITIVE ROAD MAP FOR THE MONTHS AHEAD
Tiny ideas for dynamic reflection
Heart, body and soul PINE • CREATE AND COOK WITH A SIMPLE INGREDIENT TO FEED YOU, GIVE TO OTHERS AND LIFT YOUR SPIRITS
January Almanac • SEASONAL THOUGHTS TO HELP YOU ENJOY THE MONTH
CAKE IN THE HOUSE • A bitter burst of grapefruit cuts through the sweetness, an ideal pick-me-up for grey January days.
My day in cups of tea • We asked Edinburgh’s tea expert Esther Kungu-Cooper to tell us about her day in cuppas – and to fill us in on the secrets of a good brew
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MY CITY* QUÉBEC CITY • AT ITS BEST ON A CRISP WINTER MORNING, MÉLANIE JEAN SHARES THE FRENCH CULTURE AND WILD SPACES OF HER NATIVE CITY
MELANIE’S PERSONAL TOUR
A POETIC PAUSE • New Year’s Omens
A warm glow • BURNS NIGHT IS LIKE A BEACON TO AIM FOR IN THE DARK OF MIDWINTER – AND ONE MORE OPPORTUNITY FOR WINTRY FUN WITH FOOD, FRIENDS AND A WHISKY (OR TWO)
WHISKY FOR CELEBRATING
The 72 seasons • Keen to look closer at changes taking place in the natural world, Lev Parikian applied the Ancient Japanese idea of microseasons to his patch of Britain across a year. Each offered something new to see, smell or hear, an alternative way of paying attention to what’s happening around us
“I may have nailed a life that’s not too big, not too small… but just right. Having few things is both a joy and a freedom” • When Ben Ranyard decided to live on a narrowboat and start a flower seed business, he edited his possessions down to just two metres cubed (and one very large dog). He tells Katy Bravery about a life lived with just enough
At the cutting patch with Ben
SEEDS OF CHANGE • The Ben Ranyard CV
Cold comforts • AS THE MONSTER COLD CONTINUES TO DO ITS ROUNDS THIS WINTER, WE REVISIT OLD-SCHOOL REMEDIES, FROM GARLIC MILK TO GARGLING SALT, TO FIND OUT WHAT REALLY WORKS
Oldies but goodies
Now what did the old wife say?
WEARING WELL • Stories of the clothes we love TARTAN
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GOOD THINGS • POSITIVE NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
GOOD FIGURES • Where statistics and optimism meet
Lighting the way to safer childbirth • SOLAR POWER IS MAKING HEALTHCARE IN RURAL SIERRA LEONE SUSTAINABLE AND SAFE
EXCELLENT WOMEN • Providing wigs to children with cancer
The Happy Broadcast
NOW YOU SEE ME • WHETHER HIDING FROM PREDATORS OR PREPARING AN AMBUSH, THESE ANIMALS ARE WELL PRACTISED AT BLENDING INTO THE BACKGROUND: BORN NATURALS IN THE ACT OF CAMOUFLAGE
The skin you’re in • How do you say thank you to your own body after 50 years? Alison McClintock decided to push herself well out of her comfort zone and pose for a life modelling session
SIGHTS, DRAMA, ACTION • REFRAME A BLEAK AND BARREN LANDSCAPE WITH A MID-WINTER WALK THAT SETS THE STAGE FOR A FRESH PERSPECTIVE ON FAMILIAR SIGHTS
WHAT I TREASURE • My skiing polar bear coaster by Nancy Larochelle
THE SPIES WHO WE LOVED •...