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The Simple Things January 2019

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?

United Kingdom
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did you know…

Joules is celebrating three decades of making memories and delivering fun, quality clothing for families to enjoy their time together, whatever the weather. Share your pictures of you and your family getting outdoors, whatever the weather, and you could win a family getaway worth £1,000. Visit joules.com/making-memories to find out more. #JoulesMakingMemories…

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things to want and wish for

MAKER OF THE MONTH Chloe Harrison’s birchwood lights softly brighten dark evenings It’s a deceptively simple idea: low light LED lamps encased in FSC birch plywood, casting a cosy glow through an eye-catching design. These magical lights are the work of Chloe Harrison, whose online shop, Bright Corner, is the place to find her current trio of designs – Townhouse (pictured), Woodland and Star Tent. They’re just right for rescuing a forgotten corner of the living room or as a characterful night light. You can find more lamplight inspiration on page 114. brightcorner-shop.com FROZEN PLANET From the factual to the fantastical, Nancy Campbell curates The Library of Ice Poet Nancy Campbell spent seven years heading into the world’s coldest places, finding out all she could about ice and the history it holds. From dusty archives…

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things to note and notice

Pondering or embarking on Dry January? New book Sober Curious by Ruby Warrington and website clubsoda.co.uk offers light-hearted support. HAVE AN ADMIN DAY Write thank you notes and fill in new calendars and diaries. Note expiry dates of any Christmas vouchers and delight in a job well done. LAUGH IT BETTER Cheer up Blue Monday with a comedy night. The Vault festival in south London is billed as the capital’s Edinburgh Fringe. From 23 January; vaultfestival.com. "Joy is the simplest form of gratitude"Karl Barth, Swiss theologian It’s Burns Night and it’s Friday, so at the very least don a spot of tartan and enjoy a dram or two. HAPPY HOUR Spend an hour counting the birds that land in your garden or park this weekend as part of the Big Garden Birdwatch. Enter your results and find out…

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magical creatures

You can hear them before you see them. Wild swans appear balletic when captured in flight or serenely gliding on water at a distance, but up close, really close, they flap and honk and peck and bicker. And thanks to the passion and commitment of one man, we can see this spectacle of wild birds every winter… The gulf stream keeps the UK uniquely temperate for its northerly latitude, making a much shorter and, therefore, safer migration for wild birds from Arctic lands. Sir Peter Scott, son of the famous Antarctic explorer, saw that there was an opportunity to create wildlife reserves here and founded the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust at Slimbridge in Gloucestershire in 1946. In autumn, as daylight reduces, wild swans in their thousands find their way to these reserves.…

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simple style

During the nippier months, it’s hard to imagine life without gloves. Sure, you can tug your sleeves over your hands like a disaffected teenager, but why would you when you can pull on a garment designed to keep each digit protected in its own envelope of warmth? And there are so many different types to tempt you – from tailored, leather ones that make you feel like a fully fledged grown-up, to jolly knitted ones in cheerful colours, to soft cashmere pairs that are a wrench to take off. There are even ‘smart’ gloves that allow you to use your phone while wearing them. These days, gloves are mostly worn as a functional item; the last thing you pull on before stepping outside and facing whatever the weather is throwing at…

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cake in the house

TREACLE TART WITH THYME & ORANGE Serves 8–10 725g golden syrup1 egg50ml double cream50g unsalted butterZest of 1 orange2 tsp thyme leaves, chopped, plus an extra sprig to decorate200g white breadcrumbs FOR THE PASTRY 45g icing sugar170g plain flour85g butter, cubed and chilled1 tbsp iced water2 eggs 1 To make pastry, combine icing sugar and plain flour in a medium bowl. Rub in the chilled butter cubes until mixture looks like fine breadcrumbs (or use food processor). Add iced water and 1 egg and stir through. 2 Tip out dough and bring it together with your hands, kneading lightly to a smooth finish. Wrap pastry tightly in cling film and place in fridge for at least 30 mins. 3 Preheat oven to 180C/Fan 160C/Gas 4. On a floured surface, roll out pastry to 2mm thick. Grease and…