The Simple Things December 2021

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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December is more than a feast of cake and candles, twinkly lights and tipples (though, of course, we love all of the above, too). Christmas-time is what you make it; from the first Quality Street through to the last carol, Advent is up to you. What we recall from previous years and hope for again are those moments of magic that move us and become part of our treasure trove of memories. Often it’s laughing and talking, giving and sharing, helping and supporting that are as much a part of what feels good about Christmas as making a wreath for your door and baking goodies for your table. Choose to do what you enjoy the most, the best times are usually about doing less not more. And if you’re feeling…

a window onto winter

Angela Harding shows the British countryside at its best – hedgerows, fields and waterways teeming with life; humans and nature in a careful, harmonious balance – her printmaking known to many through cards and calendars, from book covers, such as The Salt Path, and magazines, as seen on our own beautiful cover this issue. Her new book, A Year Unfolding: A Printmaker's View, gives us the opportunity to watch the seasons gently shifting through her eyes. Bringing together around eight years’ of work, it’s testament to her attention to the minutiae of natural change that the book is divided into six seasons, rather than the conventional four (it includes early spring and early summer). Come winter, bold, bare branches droop with rich red berries; hares and foxes leave their imprint…

things to give and wish for

Bookshop browse SAVOURING THE SEASONS The Almanac: A Seasonal Guide to 2022 by Lia Leendertz ➛The theme of Lia Leendertz’s essential almanac this year is folk celebrations. Alongside moon phases, sunrise and sunset, and tide times, what to plant when and what to look out for in the wild, there are also stories, songs and festivals from all corners of the world which remind us of our connection to the planet and each other. December is the time to plant sweet peas, broad beans and aubergines; bake a batch of Italian Twelfth Night Biscuits, an ancient recipe flavoured with “strange and wonderful” spices (fennel and cinnamon, cloves and star anise); and to toast the New Year with a Pink Grapefruit and Rosemary Caipirinha. Cheers! (Octopus Books) ONCE UPON A TIME Storyland: A New Mythology of…

maker of the month

Weaving heritage Weaving comes home in seasonal style ➛ Tori Murphy honed her skills at a textiles house in Milan working for some of the most famous fashion names. When she returned to the UK, she set about using her know-how to champion home-grown craftsmanship. Tori’s pursuit to manufacture fabric in Britain was a challenging prospect, but she sought out like-minded weavers in Lancashire, finishers in Yorkshire and machinists in Nottingham to launch her debut collection of cushions and throws. The brand, which balances traditional weaves with modern patterns now includes cushions, throws, storage baskets and kitchen textiles as well as fabric. Of particular interest about now are the 100% merino lambswool Christmas stockings – a modern take on a seasonal classic, to be kept for years to NEAREST AND DEAREST Christmas at…

markets & fairs

Newark Antiques Fair > With up to 2,500 stands selling everything from vinyl records to rare coins, you’re bound to find a bargain somewhere at this long-running fair. Head to Newark & Nottinghamshire Showground, 2-3 December Crafty Fox Market > Shop some of the best modern makers at the first of Crafty Fox’s Christmas Markets. The two-day event on 4 and 5 December takes place at Mercato Metropolitano in London, which means you can also enjoy street food and drinks and make a day of Bundle Dyed Furoshiki workshop > Using the techniques of Shibori and bundle dying, learn how to use seasonal plant materials and natural indigo dye to create patterned fabric which can be used as reusable wrapping. The workshop takes place in Brighton on 14 Dec, 10am-4pm…

brie merry and bright

Parmesan & poppy seed bread sticks What do you want when eating cheese? More cheese, of course! These bread sticks more than do the job on that front, as well as doubling up as handy dip scoopers. Makes approx. 25 500g strong white bread flour (plus extra for dusting)7g fast action yeast1 tbsp salt1 tsp sugar1 tbsp poppy seeds25ml olive oil300ml warm water30g finely grated parmesan 1 Add the flour, yeast, salt, sugar and poppy seeds into a bowl or the bowl of a free-standing mixer. Add the olive oil to the warm water and mix together. Pour into the bowl of dry ingredients, stir to combine, then as it starts to come together, turn out onto a floured surface and knead for 10 mins, or use the dough attachment on your mixer. 2 Place…