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?
Giving thanks • AN AMERICAN CELEBRATION WITH A BRITISH TWIST BRINGS LOVED ONES TOGETHER FOR A FEAST TO BE GRATEFUL FOR
ENGLISH WINES FOR SHARING
magical creatures • AN APPRECIATION OF THE PIKE
Everyday play • Longer indoor evenings are a good opportunity to try something new. This collection of games offers creative ways to bust the daily routine, whether you fancy yourself a wordsmith, artistically inclined, or simply enjoy the conviviality of a group. Some can be played by yourself; others work with companions, but all require minimal equipment -just the serious intention to have a little fun
CAKE IN THE HOUSE • Declare mulled wine season open and seek out fresh cranberries for this spiced cake (it's also a good way to use up leftovers, come January).
My day in cups of tea • We spoke to Leeds-based yoga teacher and founder of Rasa Teas, Ella Young, to find out how she spends her days and how to really make a ritual out of a cuppa
november Almanac • SEASONAL THOUGHTS TO HELP YOU ENJOY THE MONTH
MY CITY REVISITED* REYKJAVIK • IN 2015, JENNA GOTTLIEB SHOWED US AROUND HER CITY. WE TAKE A TRIP BACK TO FIND OUT HOW TO ENJOY AN ICELANDIC WINTER
Two Girls Singing • Take a moment with some well-chosen words
“I get messages about how my writing has helped; validating and making visible feelings. When we share stories, it gives a point to our suffering and experiences” • With a colourful life that's been interwoven with the darkness of grief author Clover Stroud believes that by bringing such experiences into the light, it helps us realise that we're not alone
BLOODLINES • Clover's lessons for life
WEARING WELL • Stories of the clothes we loveANIMAL PRINT
Let it sloe • AN AUTUMN FORAGE FOR SLOES IS REWARDED WHEN THEIR TARTNESS IS TRANSFORMED WITH THESE SWEET - AND SOMETIMES BOOZY - RECIPES
Seeds of memories • DISCOVERING LOCAL VARIETIES OF VEGETABLES AND COLLECTING SEEDS IS A PASSION FOR ADAM ALEXANDER. AND NOW HE'S FINDING HE CAN GIVE BACK A TASTE OF HOME TO THOSE DISPLACED BY WAR
Just a thought • HOW REFRAMING YOUR THOUGHTS CAN HELP IMPROVE YOUR SLEEP, THE WAY YOU EAT AND HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT YOURSELF
THESE STREETS • TAKING A CAMERA ON A WALK AROUND TOWN CAN OPEN YOUR EYES TO THE PEOPLE AND PLACES SO EASILY OVERLOOKED
A simple thing…
Good things • POSITIVE NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
A STITCH IN TIME • Quilts that tell our social history
Excellent WOMEN • Support for Mexican workers
MODERN ECENTRICS Northern Soul • IN A WORLD THAT CAN FEEL INCREASINGLY UNIFORM WE'RE CELEBRATING THOSE HAPPILY DOING THINGS a bit differently. Meet the PEOPLE WHO ARE seriously PASSIONATE about their pastimes. perhaps THEY'LL PERSUADE YOU TO TRY something NEW?
THE BIG IDEA • So many wellbeing books, so little time. Our deconstruction of someone's fresh thinking could send you in a new direction.
THE PERSONAL TOUCH • MADE AT YOUR KITCHEN TABLE, THE PLEASURE OF THESE THOUGHTFUL, NATURAL PRESENTS WILL LAST LONG AFTER THE GIVING
Creative industry • ITS NAME CHANGES FROM COUNTRY TO COUNTRY, BUT THE PROCESS OF MAKING SOMETHING NEW FROM SOMETHING THAT NO LONGER HAS PURPOSE DOESN'T JUST TRANSFORM OBJECTS, IT CAN TRANSFORM LIVES, TOO
KNOW A THING OR TWO… PERIODS ETC • The...