The Simple Things

The Simple Things June 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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When people ask me what The Simple Things is about, I always give the same answer: ‘We like to think of it as a handbook for happiness.’ Yes, there are reads and recipes, projects and wisdom, ideas and inspiration, places and people. But the thread that stitches it together is celebrating the things that matter most. So, as you spend some time with this issue, I hope you feel that thread tugging you to connect with the people around you, to be active and get outdoors, to take notice and be curious, to keep learning, to give and be kind. Our purpose is straightforward: to remind you how good life can be when you remember these simple things. No matter where you live or how busy you are, there are…

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pushbike picnic

June is the best time for whizzing down – and puffing up – a few country lanes on your bike with friends. When the sun is gently warming, and before the wasps are out in force to spoil the post-ride eating. If you’re the organised type, a little planning in the picnic department really pays off. It’s not hard to put together a couple of Italian-style antipasti sandwiches the night before and leave them in the fridge for the flavours to mingle and the olive oil to soak into the bread. A batch of cheesy, herby muffins alongside will go down a treat, too, when you’re plonked on a sunny bank among the wildflowers. To pop in your pocket for the ride home, we reckon our apricot and almond bars…

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a pilgrim in the city

Walking in the city is, for most of us, about getting somewhere: something to be endured to get to where we want to be. As a result, we tend think of the activity of ‘walking’ as something to save for the weekend, for a country lane or a coastal path. Which is a shame: there is much to be gained from a stroll through the city, particularly if we walk there slowly and mindfully and if the destination is somewhere of significance. Make a pilgrimage across a city and it begins to reveal itself. A city pilgrim becomes an active observer of places and people. Things that shoppers and commuters pass by with their heads down, you will notice. An architectural detail above a shop front; ivy pushing its way through…

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things to note and notice

7 June Woohoo it’s Friday and it’s National Fish & Chip Day, so indulge yourself. Eat them doused in vinegar with a side of mushy peas, preferably outdoors. BUY A BOOK Head to your local book shop during Indie Book Shop Week and catch a special event or simply enjoy a browse and recommenda tion for a special summer read. 15–22 June; indiebookshopweek.org.uk. BARNET IN BLOOM It’s Midsummer’s Day on 24 June and if ever you needed an excuse to make and wear a wild flower crown, this is it. According to Swedish folklore it will bring you good health all year. “Sometimes joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy”Thich Nhat Hanh, Buddhist monk WILDLIFE WATCH Help conservationists track our wildlife by recording any wild mammals you…

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speak up!

Women have campaigned for generations, but they haven’t always been listened to. The internet has changed that. Thanks to the tools and platforms offered by the online world, the everyday voices of girls and women are being listened to now more than ever before. And that can include your voice, too. The internet is a great place to make changes as it favours traditionally sidelined voices, including those of women. At change.org, one of the biggest online petition sites in the world, most petitions are started by men but the majority of their successful petitions that secure their goal are started by women and traditionally marginalised voices. Not only this, but most of their ‘signers’ who add their names to a campaign and ‘sharers’, who relay the message on their own…

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iberian summer

The island of Mallorca inspired Gudrun Sjödén’s new collection, its designs reflecting the climate, history and gardens of this beautiful Balearic destination. Lush gardens, wild cacti and a trip to the Joan Miró Foundation are at the heart of the vibrant summer collection. Rendered in warm Mediterranean hues, these designs are just right for holidays, lazy days in the garden, or brightening a stroll around town. TRAVELLING THE WORLD Gudrun Sjödén is one of Scandinavia’s most successful and distinctive designers. In fact, it’s become a cult brand for women around the world, who look for sustainability and a story behind the clothes they wear. With the latest collection, as always, Gudrun Sjödén has focused on using sustainable materials, such as organic cotton, linen and lyocell. GARDEN OF IDEAS My travels have greatly influenced my…