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The Simple Things February 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?

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things to want and wish for

MAKER OF THE MONTH Naked Dye is showing how elegant Earth-friendly textiles can be Handmade linens crafted with sustainable cotton and natural dyes are Kasia Mijas-Galloway’s bread and butter. The York-based designer creates striking cushions from raw linen (pictured, £30), aprons, bags, pretty frayed napkins and more; all made with zero waste and sustainable living in mind. Take Kasia’s gorgeous dusky pink dye, for instance; it’s made using waste avocado stones from a local café. Clever and eye-catching. nakeddye.com A MAMMOTH TASK Julia Blackburn collates treasures from an ancient, forgotten world in Time Song Doggerland was a submerged landmass, beneath the waves of the southern North Sea; it connected Britain to continental Europe, until it sunk in around 5000 BCE. You could have walked from the east coast of England to mainland Europe. It was…

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things to note and notice

It’s Chinese New Year. Join in the celebrations with fireworks and feasting to welcome in the Year of the Pig. In honour of Valentine’s Day, write a list of the people you love and the people who love you. SPOTTING WILDLIFE Escape for a few hours at the wonderful Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition now showing at both Bristol’s M Shed (until 24 Feb only) and London’s Natural History Museum (until 30 June). COLOUR THERAPY Living Coral is the Pantone colour for this year. Treat yourself to a new nail polish, scarf or mug in the summery shade to bring warmth to cold days. CIAO, SILENCE… At a new immersive exhibition from Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson, visitors stand alone or as a twosome in a large ballroom and are serenaded by a lone musician playing a…

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magical creatures

When you fill up your bird feeders in winter, there’s always a hope that you’ll attract something more exciting than loads of blue tits and a clumsy pigeon on a raid. And that’s where the great spotted woodpecker comes in. That’ll be the great (never greater) and probably not the lesser, which is twice as small and twice as rare. Striking and stylishly monochrome with a splash or two of red and a dagger of a beak, this is the bird that, if there’s a patch of woodland nearby, arrives with a flourish in your garden on a cold afternoon. Watch it from your window (warmer, too), as the moment you open the back door it will be off – although it’s worth disturbing for a dazzling array of boldly barred…

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simple style

There was a time – during what some would describe as fashion’s lost years, the 1980s – when vests were worn outside clothes. Popstrels like Madonna, Bananarama and Cyndi Lauper layered the sleeveless undergarment over T-shirts, and then piled cheap accessories on top. Which was to miss the point of the vest entirely. The point of the vest is that it keeps you warm, and it does this by creating a layer of warm air next to your skin when you wear it beneath not over your clothes. But fashion has never fully understood the vest, especially when worn by women. For centuries, while men were able to slip a vest (or undershirt if wealthy) over chilly torsos and tuck into generous, long pants, women were cinched or winched into corsets…

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when saturday comes...

When you’re planning a long lunch with friends, you want food to linger over. At this time of year, when soul-soothing comfort food is called for, Turkish cuisine may not seem an obvious contender, but delicious falafel and tabouli will soon win you over – with hearty mussaka only confirming the wisdom of your choice. This is a menu where you can buy some elements, and enjoy making others. Sipping warm apple tea is a calming ritual to end with – and your cue to break into the baklava… » Stuffed vine leaves IDEAL STARTER: AN EXPLOSION OF LEMONY, HERBY RICE Serves 6–8 2 tbsp olive oil2 medium onions, chopped1 clove garlic, minced1 jar (approx 220g) vine leaves in brine (2 jars, if the leaves are small)185g long grain rice4 spring onions, finely chopped2…

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“wild places are an essential medicine for me. humans need to be in natural landscapes regularly to be fully well”

On a pale winter’s afternoon, the silver pendant that Emma Mitchell is wearing shines out, the stalks of its seed head design catching the weak sunlight. Over the past decade, Emma has made a name for herself (@silverpebble) by using silver clay to cast the forms of fossils, leaves, acorns and shells into stunning jewellery. In the beach-hut studio of her Cambridgeshire garden, she teaches others what she describes as this form of “modern alchemy” involving a gas hob and what is, essentially, a waste product from the technology industry. But these are just two of the many strings to her bow. It wouldn’t be extravagant to call this trained biologist, artist, photographer, craftsperson, botanist and author, a polymath (and mother of two girls). While the list of her talents…