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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Book club supper • HOST A GET-TOGETHER THAT’S WORTHY OF NOTE; INVITING (OR MAYBE EVEN STARTING) A BOOK GROUP TO SHARE GOOD FOOD AND STRONG OPINIONS
How to book club well
ENGLISH WINES FOR SHARING
Books to get you talking
Magical creatures • AN APPRECIATION OF ROOKS
Things to want and wish for • Loving your home, inside and out. Books and treats for you to enjoy.
Maker of the month
COLOUR IN NATURE • Nature’s Palette by Patrick Baty
February Almanac • SEASONAL THOUGHTS TO HELP YOU ENJOY THE MONTH
CAKE IN THE HOUSE • Get the most from the forced rhubarb around this month with this sweet cake made for sharing
My day in cups of tea • We asked anatomical embroiderer Cath Janes to tell us about her day in cuppas – and how her unusual business began from her hospital bed
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CAMPAIGN AND THE WINNERS ARE…
MY CITY* LIMA • LIVING IN THE PERUVIAN CAPITAL BETWEEN THE MOUNTAINS AND THE OCEAN, SIMEON TEGEL ENJOYS CEVICHE AND SURFING
SIMEON’S PERSONAL TOUR
A POETIC PAUSE • The Dipper
The winter kitchen • RACHEL DE THAMPLE LIKES TO MAKE A ROAST GO FURTHER WITH MEALS THAT LAST ALL WEEK AND CAN FILL YOUR FREEZER AND PANTRY, TOO
MAKING MEALS OF IT
All in your mind? • NAVIGATING THROUGH BRAIN FOG CAN MAKE YOU FEEL ALL AT SEA. BUT UNDERSTANDING ITS CAUSES WILL LIGHT THE WAY TO CLEARER THINKING
Brain-healthy habits • If your concentration is becoming clouded, there are some simple steps you can take to refocus your mind
The life of a Thermos • Imparting a taste of home, no matter where it’s taken, the Thermos warms hearts and bodies alike. For Tim Hayward, it’s an object rich with memories – and ready to be filled with more
What Thermos to keep in your
GOOD THINGS • POSITIVE NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
GOOD FIGURES • Where statistics and optimism meet
Queens of the highway • MOTORBIKING WOMEN IN KENYA ARE CHANGING SOCIETY BY RIDING THE ROADS
EXCELLENT WOMEN • Empowering women with clothes and kindness
The Happy Broadcast • Taken from The Happy Broadcast by Mauro Gatti. Follow @the_happy_broadcast
ART IN THE WILD • YOU DON’T HAVE TO HEAD TO A GALLERY OR MUSEUM TO BE INSPIRED. SIMPLY STEP OUT YOUR FRONT DOOR TO DISCOVER ART THAT CAN CHALLENGE, STIMULATE AND PERHAPS EVEN CHANGE THE WAY YOU SEE THE WORLD
Putting art on the map
How to DIY
WEARING WELL • Stories of the clothes we love BROGUES
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Letters of love • AN ENTHUSIAST OF THE WRITTEN WORD, LIZ MAGUIRE FOUNDED FLEA MARKET LOVE LETTERS, AN ARCHIVE OF FOUND CORRESPONDENCE DATING FROM THE LAST 100 YEARS
Love letters lost – and found
Call of the song mother • As they gather to mark the beginning of Lent, the Seto people – one of Europe’s last indigenous folk cultures – help preserve their heritage through singing songs passed on through generations of women. Sarah Thomas gives us a glimpse into their unique way of life
THE ICE FANTASTIC • ALL EYES ON THE SLOPES, AS WE CELEBRATE THE RECORD-BREAKING ATHLETES AND EVENTS THAT HAVE SHAPED THE WINTER OLYMPICS INTO THE SPORTING SPECTACLE IT IS TODAY
RECORD BREAKERS AND OTHER OLYMPIANS...