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The Simple Things November 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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we read to know

we’re not alone, someone wise once wrote. And while being together is often about an actual gathering – enjoying fireworks, food and fun this month, for example – that connectedness we feel with others can also come through shared experiences. A book appreciated, an era remembered, spectacles of nature admired. Embrace time alone, too, in a space of your own, to make gifts and treats for the coming festivities. Relish that glow of satisfaction at something proudly homemade. ■…

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things to want and wish for

Tivoli Entry coffeepot by Normann Copenhagen | £65; mug | £12 Coffee and Danish reinterpreted. rossandbrownhome.co.uk Quill pendant by Tom Raffield | from £245 Handmade and rustic, to cast a warm glow. heals.com Madeline jumper | £149 A merino and alpaca knit to snuggle into, in colours you won’t tire of.hobbs.co.uk Soft Grey Crossroads blanket | £63 For the end of the bed or a cosier sofa. thebritishblanketcompany.com Smeg TSF03 toaster in chrome | £179.95 A gleaming retro casing belies the modern tech within. smeg.uk.com Thomas dining table | £1,295; Isaac nickel chairs | from £110; sheepskin seat pads | £32 each; rustic five-light cluster pendant | £195; Nordic heart | £69 Get set for a season of good friends and good food at the table.grahamandgreen.co.uk Tufted monochrome rug…

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fashion revolution

Re-Fashion believes the future of fashion is circular and has introduced a sustainable alternative to shopping on the high street. The company wants to inspire women to recycle the clothes they no longer wear. These clothes are then sold through its website with all the proceeds going to charity. It’s a virtuous circle that makes clothes affordable, keeps them out of landfill, and helps fund good causes. WASTING LESS The average British woman hoards £285 of clothes that they will never wear. These are often quality brands in excellent condition that can be reused. Not only does passing on unwanted clothes reduce waste to landfill, but it also helps ease our carbon footprint. Wear a piece of clothing 50 times, rather than five, and you’ll reduce its carbon…

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things to note and notice

Bohemian Rhapsody, the Freddie Mercury biopic, is in cinemas now. Heart-pumping music alongside a heart-warming story – the ideal combination for a chilly afternoon. STAG PARTY Now underway, the annual red deer rut, in which males compete for a mate, is one of Britain’s most dramatic wildlife spectacles. Exmoor National Park, Galloway Forest Park and Fountains Abbey all have sizeable herds, as does Jura, where deer outnumber humans by 30 to 1. “The most effective way to do it, is to do it” Amelia Earhart, pioneering female aviator BARRELS OF FUN Fireworks, a 30ft blaze and flaming barrels of tar hauled through the streets by the townspeople make this bonfire celebration in Devon’s Ottery St Mary a night to remember; tarbarrels.co.uk. GIFTS ALL…

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salted caramel toffee apples

(PHOTOGRAPHY & STYLING: CATHERINE FRAWLEY.) This modern take on toffee apples is a sticky, sugary heaven for children – and a salt-laced caramel treat for grown-ups Makes 10 10 apples (Granny Smiths work well)Toffee apple sticks*300g light brown sugar3 tbsp maple syrup6 tbsp golden syrup220g unsalted butter1 tsp vanilla extract1 heaped tsp flaked salt Cook’s note Unlike traditional toffee apples, getting a caramel sauce to stick to the apples is a little more tricky. You need a sugar thermometer and to work really quickly when dipping. It may require a little more effort but the result is worth it. The apples will keep in cellophane bags for 2–3 days. 1 Wash apples, dry thoroughly, remove stalks and replace with sticks. Place the fruit in the…

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magical creatures

(ILLUSTRATION: ZUZA MIŚKO) Was it one? A flash of russet, the rattle of needles, the feeling of being watched. The red squirrel is the forest’s equivalent of a shooting star, streaking across your side gaze, gone before you know what you’ve missed. When I moved to Cumbria’s Eden Valley 12 years ago, I saw them often. They stole into our garden to steal nuts from the bird table and scampered, when I was lucky, across the footpath through the wood where I walked daily with my toddler and dog. As a city girl finally living the rural dream after many years in London’s grasp, to me they symbolised everything that felt precious about my new home.Another baby, another dog, a bigger house. One day I realised I didn’t see as…