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?
A could-do list Tonic
HOME ECONOMICS Early spring kitchen • RACHEL DE THAMPLE COMBINES ROAST CHICKEN AND WINTER VEG WITH SPANISH FLOURISHES FOR MEALS THAT LAST ALL WEEK AND FILL YOUR PANTRY AND FREEZER, TOO
MAKING MEALS OF IT
TV series to do in one day
Devote a day • WE ALL NEED TIME TO OURSELVES. BOOK THE TIME OFF WORK, BLANK IT OUT IN THE DIARY, AND REALLY MAKE THE MOST OF AN ENTIRE DAY TO DO EXACTLY AS YOU WISH
Books that can be read in a day
magical creatives AN APPRECIATION OF THE TOAD
Things to want and wish for • Loving your home, inside and out. Books and treats for you to enjoy.
Maker of the month
March Almanac • SEASONAL THOUGHTS TO HELP YOU ENJOY THE MONTH
CAKE IN THE HOUSE • This cake is just the tonic with lime giving a twist to a classic lemon drizzle.
My day in cups of tea • We enjoy a cuppa with ceramicist and printmaker Kate Russell of Skratch Studio and a chat about her love of Welsh folk art and Yorkshire tea
A simple thing...
MY CITY* SEATTLE • RICH IN HISTORY AND NATURE, WITH GREAT FOOD AND COFFEE, SEATTLEITE ANN PEAVEY GUIDES US AROUND HER HOME CITY
ANN’S PERSONAL TOUR
The future’s bright • AN EVENING OF MEXICAN DISHES, SERVED ON CHEERING COLOURFUL CROCKERY, IN THE COMPANY OF GREAT FRIENDS IS ALWAYS A WINNING RECIPE
Thanks a bunch • FRESH BLOOMS ARE ONE OF THE JOYS OF SPRING, BUT THESE FLORISTS ARE RETHINKING THE POWER OF FLOWERS: USING THEM TO ALSO SHOW HOW WE CAN CARE FOR THE PLANET, THE COMMUNITY, AND EACH OTHER
A POETIC PAUSE • Cats Sleep Anywhere
Walk this way • MUCH MORE THAN JUST EXERCISE, WALKING BENEFITS OUR MINDS AND BODIES – AND THERE ARE SO MANY WAYS TO DO IT, ONE IS SURE TO SUIT YOU, SAYS ANNABEL STREETS
Ways to walk well
WHAT I TREASURE • My Claddagh ring By Jocelyn Kennedy
GONE WITH THE WIND • RELICS OF A LONG-LOST WORLD, OUR OLD WINDMILLS BRING A STATUESQUE GRACE TO THE LANDSCAPE AND MAKE A DESTINATION TO AIM FOR ON A SPRING WALK OR CYCLE RIDE
Windmills of note
WEARING WELL • Stories of the clothes we love CARDIGANS
Ethical Beauty • Picking products that do good as well as feel good is often about a lot more than what it says on the tin
What’s in the logo? • These accredited, certifying bodies drill down not only on what’s in the products, but on the practices used as well.
Forager’s beauty • These DIY skincare ideas use four naturally abundant plants
Cosmetics with a conscience • From blogs to books, there are plenty of ways to do beauty more ethically
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GOOD FIGURES • Where statistics and optimism meet
Kung-Fu fighting • THE BUDDHIST NUNS CHALLENGING STEREOTYPES, PROMOTING EQUALITY, AND CLEANING UP THE HIMALAYAS
The Happy Broadcast
EXCELLENT WOMEN • Developing tech to tackle FGM
LOVE NESTS • THERE MAY BE SOME INGENIOUS BUILDING HAPPENING IN YOUR GARDEN THAT YOU DON’T EVEN KNOW ABOUT. ARTIST SUSAN OGILVY PAINTS THE WONDERS OF BIRDS’ NESTS
Why a brownie will help • LEAH HYSLOP SAYS THAT WHATEVER'S HAPPENING IN LIFE, A BROWNIE IS ALWAYS THE ANSWER
GO WITH THE FLOW • WHEN IT’S STILL NIPPY BUT YOU WANT TO GET CRACKING IN THE GARDEN, TRY A...