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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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some days you have

to create your own sunshine. And that’s the key to not merely surviving in winter but thriving. Looking after yourself comes first, so do things that soothe you; bake bread, hang a nestbox, walk in the woods or put flowers in a vase. The weekends matter more at this dark time of year – use them wisely. Visiting the home of a literary hero or having friends for lunch can transform a gloomy Saturday afternoon. And there’s your sunshine, see? ■…

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we’ve always known …

Spending time together keeps winter blues at bay. From frosty mornings outside to cosy evenings by the fire, Joules has been keeping you winter-ready for 30 years. Share pictures of you and the ones that make life ‘better together’ and you could win a family getaway worth £1,000. Visit joules.com/making-memories from 1 February to find out more. #JoulesMakingMemories ■…

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things to want and wish for

Metal tray | £12.50 A serving tray that scores highly on both style and sturdiness.argos.co.uk Linen bedding set | from £138 Stonewashed for softness, in a choice of seven colours.evesleep.co.uk Polarising top | £55 Neat tailoring in a gorgeous rusty red linen equals a smock to love.seasaltcornwall.co.uk Noughts and crosses | £8 Pleasing in wood – and a reason to stop for a moment and play. sainsburys.co.uk Peaks utility pack | £35 Use it as a washbag, pencil case or to organise holiday bits and bobs. thelevelcollective.com Beech hay rake | £20; seedlings tray | £12; garden bag | £15; apron | £25; wirework string holder with string | £15; kneeler | £20; lawn mower brush | £6.50 All set for the return…

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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… (ILLUSTRATION: SHUTTERSTOCK) At a new immersive exhibition from Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson, visitors stand alone…

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(DJ: CLARE GOGERTY. ILLUSTRATION: SHUTTERSTOCK) stop look listen Yes, you were my first love and first love never ever dies. ■…

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magical creatures

(ILLUSTRATION: ZUZA MIŚKO) 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…