The Simple Things

The Simple Things September 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
Iceberg Press Limited
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12 Issues

in this issue

1 min.

The feeling of possibility that comes with the beginning of the school year is hard to shake off. Over 12 or so of our most formative years it is hardwired into us, leaving us each September with an urge for stationery and new shoes. Five years ago this month, we turned possibility into reality and published our first issue of The Simple Things. We believed in a way of making and publishing magazines where the readers were as important as the advertisers, the paper quality and design were valued and the words and pictures weren’t always trying to sell stuff, didn’t portray perfection or tell people what to do, and made them feel better, not worse. Many thanks to those who’ve worked with and for us on this journey, to…

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we’re celebrating 30 years…

…and looking back at the milestones that made us! We want you to show us what you’re celebrating, too. Birthdays, holidays, getaways, weddings, an anniversary, whatever the occasion may be! Share pictures of what ‘celebrate’ means to you this month and you could win a family getaway worth £1,000. Visit joules.com/ makingmemories to find out more. #JoulesMakingMemories…

6 min.
living by the tides

I’m a terrible swimmer. It’s important for me to state this clearly from the beginning. I am not in secret training for open-water events or dreaming of swimming the Channel. I can’t front crawl, dive or do a handstand because I hate going under the water. I am the least likely wild swimmer, and the definition of If I Can Do This, So Can You. Leaving London 13 years ago to build a new, family-focused life in Dorset was a bigger wrench than I expected. I loved so many things about country living but the city pangs persisted. After a particularly bad period of melancholy a few years ago, I knew I needed to ground myself in my surroundings. Determined to find the positives in staying, I jumped into the sea. It…

7 min.
finders keepers

Foraged crops are free, abundant and flavourful. All you need do is get yourself to a good spot at the right time, basket and secateurs in hand, and you have some of the best food available. Through the foraging seasons of spring, summer and autumn, we’ll show you where to find these crops, how to pick them, and ways to turn them into delicious dishes. THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER Is this late summer, or is it early autumn? Either way, September is a golden month, with the countryside ripening before our eyes. This is the month of the harvest, and the elderberries and blackberries that spent early summer tight and green in the hedgerows have now plumped up, softened and flushed with colour. It is a moment of great bounty. The birds…

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things to note and notice

TAKE ME TO THE RIVER The native oyster season is about to kick off in Essex with the Maldon Oyster and Seafood Festival. Join in the seafood fiesta on the river Blackwater (8 September). My ‘ta da’ list (things that I’ve done)... ART LEGEND Don’t miss the UK’s first major exhibition of work by the legendary graphic artist and activist Keith Haring at Tate Liverpool. Until 10 November.tate.org.uk OPEN HOUSES “New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings”Lao Tzu, philosopher Step inside some of London’s finest buildings for free this weekend as part of Open House London (21-22 September).openhouselondon.org.uk 27 September Book tickets for the film adaptation of Donna Tartt’s epic novel, The Goldfinch, in cinemas from today. 23 September It’s the first day of autumn today. Enjoy any late-season sun and look forward to cosy times ahead. ALL RISE The Real Bread…

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magical creatures

What’s a bird like the heron doing in a place like this? More often than not, when I see one, I find myself asking this. On a darkening autumn evening, jogging laps of the rec, I disturb a heron, waiting hopefully beside a deep puddle left by the day’s rain. As I near the puddle, the heron takes flight; but by my next lap, the bird has returned. This happens several times, and I feel privileged to share a moment with this magnificent bird. There’s something incongruous about grey herons, especially spotted in urban habitats. I have glimpsed them railwayside on my London commute; spied one ankle-deep in a litter-clogged, suburban stream, and stopped to marvel at one, standing sentry in a townside school field. There is often little glamour in…