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The Simple Things October 2018

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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When all around is setting seed and shutting up shop for the dark months ahead, it’s tempting to follow nature’s lead and hunker down too. But look at what else this month offers – spectacular colours to inspire redecorating, fun in the form of spooky stories, and a harvest rich in fruit, nuts and vibrant squashes. Time to spend a busy afternoon in a steamed-up kitchen as the light fades. Self-care in autumn means nourishing your mind and body by looking out rather than in. And possibly buying a pair of new boots...…

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things to want and wish for

MAKER OF THE MONTH Bold rugs and wall-hangings, woven with love Christabel Balfour weaves rugs and wall-hangings from her south London studio, working on a 1976 Harris floor loom and a 1992 Don Porrit loom, both of which she restored herself. Her designs are inspired by modern architecture, yet evoke a sense of space and tranquillity. Working every day at her loom is deeply meditative, and this translates into designs that are beautifully balanced and timeless. Christabel also runs regular weaving workshops for those wishing to try this slow craft for themselves. christabel-balfour.co.uk ONCE UPON A BEDTIME Lucy Mangan introduces Bedtime Stories for Stressed Out Adults The world can sometimes feel like a whirlwind; a constant rush of home, family and work demands, where down time is scarce and stress is ever present. So hurrah…

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things to note and notice

October is when hedgehogs start looking for a place to hibernate, so make their day by leaving some logs and branches in a shady part of the garden, ready for them to move in. GLASSHOUSE THEATRE The restored Temperate House at Kew Gardens is a wonder in itself, but a week of theatre at half term brings music, puppetry and performance together for an extra sprinkling of magic, helping visitors discover more about its precious plants; kew.org. “If you’re always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be”Maya Angelou WISH UPON A STAR Moorland walks, moonlit swims, astrophotography workshops and stargazing are all part of the Exmoor Dark Skies Festival, from 20 October to 4 November.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk/enjoying/stargazing/dark-skies-festival FRIGHT NIGHT A creepy castle or haunted house is clearly the best place to spend Halloween,…

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magical creatures

Autumn is here and, after months of drought, the moles are settling back into their routine. They’ve had a hard time of it this year. During the desiccating summer months, moles struggled to dig tunnels through baked and unyielding ground, and subsisted on dry, unappetising fare – small creatures that fell through cracks in the parched soil. Moles eat most invertebrates but earthworms are what they want most. A mole needs to eat half its bodyweight in food each day, but it takes just six large water- and nutrient-rich worms to satisfy its metabolism and thirst. As the drought continued, the worms retreated deep into moister soil. A lucky mole found the bank of the stream that flows by my house, and rampantly threw up molehills along the wet water margin,…

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simple style

“Higher, more spindly heels are best kept for when you want to ramp up the sass” As temperatures fall, thoughts turn to boots. Buying a new pair of boots, like buying a winter coat, marks the changing of the seasons as much as leaves dropping from the trees or the return of Strictly. And it is an exciting prospect. Boots offer your feet – exposed throughout summer – comfort and protection. They envelop toes and heels safely, enabling you to tramp merrily along rain-splashed pavements without fear of chilliness or wet feet. You can wear them with skirts or trousers, to work or to play. They make life simpler and smarter. They rock. Until a year or so ago, knee-length boots were the winter footwear of choice; worn over straight-leg jeans, they defined…

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a feast of autumn fruit

Autumn is a time of plentiful fruit, when sweet summer berries make way for orchard fruits, the grape harvest, and burstlingly sweet figs. It’s all very Roman. And there’s an Italian flavour to this month’s menu. Seasonal shades of orange and purple dance off the plate in this simple spread, kicking off with sweet and salty ricotta and grape toasts, followed by a luscious fig-stuffed chicken dish, and finishing up with drunken Pedro Ximénez prunes. Share these intense flavours with friends – whether it’s after a day of harvesting or an invigorating stroll kicking up leaves along country lanes. » MENU Blistered grapes, ricotta & toasted sourdough Parma-wrapped chicken with figs & gorgonzola Herb-roasted veg Kale & fennel salad Poached prunes with Pedro Ximénez Schiacciata di uva Blistered grapes, ricotta & toasted sourdough SALTY CHEESE AND SWEET FRUIT TOP…