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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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things to want and wish for

MAKER OF THE MONTH Ceramicist Sam Andrew combines simple shapes with patterned clay Sam Andrew is a Manchester-based ceramicist producing distinctive tableware, using traditional and Japanese-inspired methods. Sam layers coloured clay into a loaf, before slicing it to reveal a decorative pattern. The human handling, tiny errors, and variation of movement needed to create each form result in unique pieces tinged with subtle signs of raw craftsmanship. His striped Safariware tableware collection is strikingly beautiful and now includes generously sized bowls and mugs. samandrew.uk CROWD PLEASING Viv Groskop explores the art of public speaking in How To Own The Room Does just the thought of public speaking have you all a-tremble? Fear not, writer and stand-up comedian Viv Groskop has tricks and tips aplenty to boost confidence and suppress the nagging inner voice that’s determined…

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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 emissions fourfold. Re-Fashion wants…

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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 ROUND Start your Christmas shopping at Beautiful & Useful at the Garden Museum in…

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salted caramel toffee apples

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 fridge (washing and chilling helps the sauce to stick). 2 Line a baking tray with…

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magical creatures

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 many reds as…

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simple style

“A chance to display a flash of something interesting between shoe and hem” No one wants cold feet. Few things are as miserable as exposed and chilly toes when the temperature drops. Thank goodness then, for socks. They are what you reach for when you want an instant hit of wrap-around warmth and comfort. Keep your extremities toasty and the rest of the body will follow. Tights have their place in the winter wardrobe but they just don’t have the snug appeal of socks. These days socks are mostly worn beneath trousers, but this was not always the case. During the Middle Ages, men wore socks that covered most of their leg and were held up by fancy garters. Malvolio’s cross-gartered yellow stockings in Twelfth Night are an extreme and foolish example…