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The Simple Things April 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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Adventures are greatWe think life should be full of adventures — no matter how big or small — from discovering treasure on the beach to exploring a new country trail. Share pictures of  you and your family on an adventure this month, be it close to home or further afield, 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

Shorty locker | £129 Its pretty blush shade stops this compact storage unit looking corporate.mustardmade.co.uk Speckled glazed bowl | £4.99 There’s a touch of bird’s-egg beauty to this pretty bowl. homesense.com Metallic mobile | £55 Gaze as the gold droplets catch the spring light and spin their magic.grahamandgreen.co.uk Fine-knit merino wrap cardigan | £59 Pop on as an extra layer on a chilly spring day.arket.com Weekend candle duo | £32 Mood-boosting scents. We’re thinking of lighting ours on Monday mornings… seven-seventeen.co.uk Arundel 6-seater table | £1,585; Arundel 3-seater bench | from £445; Suffolk chair | from £235; faux English rose stems | £16 each; Fenton dinnerware in Pure White | from £72; Bowsley cake stand | £20.30; Antonia napkins | £30.80; Barnes wine…

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things to note and notice

There’s heaps of Easter fun to be had at the Lost Gardens of Heligan including the Championship Egg Show on 20 April with more than 110 categories.heligan.com If you were a fan in the 80s, you’ll love Fame the Musical. With amazing dancing and Mica Paris’s brilliant performance as Miss Sherman you’ll be itching to get out of your seat. Touring the UK now.fameuktour.co.uk “I’ve not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work”Thomas Edison, inventor KETTLE’S ON… Today is a celebration of one of our favourite pastimes – tea drinking. Toast National Tea Day by taking a pause to savour your favourite brew. Find out more about tea-related events, including London’s Festeaval (13–14 April), at nationalteaday.co.uk. GET FIT & GIVE BACK Good…

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a clever recipe

Seafood scotch eggs Makes 6 1 tbsp olive oil4 shallots, finely chopped6 eggs, at room temperature200g cooked small Atlantic prawns250g smoked cod/haddock, chopped1 tbsp chopped dillZest of 1 lemonPinch of cayenne pepper¼ tsp grated nutmeg100g plain flour2 eggs, beaten150g dried breadcrumbs (eg panko)1 litre sunflower oil 1 Heat the olive oil in a pan and gently sauté shallots until just softened. 2 Bring a pan of water to the boil then drop in the eggs, ensuring they are fully immersed. Boil for 6 mins, then put in iced water to stop them cooking more. 3 Put the cooked shallots, prawns, smoked fish, dill, lemon zest, spices and a pinch of salt in the food processor. Blitz to a coarse paste. 4 Peel the soft-boiled eggs, then…

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(DJ: CLARE GOGERTY. ILLUSTRATION: ANNELIESE KLOS) Listen atthesimplethings.com/blog/makemesmileplaylist stop look listen Bring me fun, bring me sunshine, bring me love!…

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magical creatures

(ILLUSTRATION: ZUZA MIŚKO) Two things guaranteed to make grown humans say ‘Ooooooh’ out loud: watching fireworks and spotting little white cottontails darting back into hedgerows as you drive along a country lane at dusk.Rabbits may not be uncommon but spotting one, or better still, a group*, is certain to lift the heart. Perhaps it’s the sheer joy they exhibit themselves. Rabbits are so cheery, there is a special word for the little twisty jump they do when happy: binkying. It’s the rabbit equivalent of clicking one’s heels.Archaeologists think it was the Romans who brought us rabbits since (cover your pet rabbit’s ears) butchered rabbit bones have been found in Roman cooking pots. It was some thousand years before they began to escape and breed in the wild and not until…