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Living and loving the simple life a ta s t e o f • • • •

summer

californian health-boost lunch Weekday seasonal lamb supper grown-up strawberry & rose jelly clover & carrot cake

wildlife gardener create a haven for butterflies & bees

Weekend escape

campfire magic wild locations, one-pot food plus sneaky luxuries!

norwegian

fa r m h o u s e

be inspired by fresh new scandinavian colours

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You have arrived at your

destination: summer. Please take all your personal belongings with you – from your sun hat to your salad recipes, your tent to your

teapot, your family, friends and kaftans. You’ve been here before – the long days of

strawberries and sandals – and soon it will all become familiar again. From “Shall we eat this outside?” to “Let’s just see where the road takes us!”, it’s both a place and a state of mind. This is the jumping-off point you’ve been dreaming about.

These are The Simple Things.

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cook

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Because nothing beats the satisfaction of growing your own. It’s true that a patio, window box or just a pot will do.

Because the real joy of food is in the preparing and the sharing – simple suppers, breakfast with friends and always cake-in-the-house.

Because it feels so good to say you made it yourself. Learning new skills and discovering traditional crafts well worth reviving.

Because it’s family and friends that shape our lives – the Sunday walks, the hot-dogs on the beach, the movies in front of the fire.

‘Shelburne Falls’ Fabric collection by Denyse Schmidt for Coats Crafts UK. ‘Maple Sparse’ shown opposite. For stockists visit www.coatscrafts.co.uk or call 01484 681881.

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Cover photography: Simon Weller, manipulation James wooton

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Filling tacos to the brim

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Collecting pieces of history

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Day

Wake up slowly and make plans for your morning

Make sure you plan some good old weekend escapades

11 A breakfast treat

48 Wish list

A fresh take on bubble and squeak

Best buys for staying in or going out

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50 food from AFAR

Our edit of things to wake up and want

An on-the-go meal of Mexican street food

16 THINGS TO PLAN AND DO

54 escape

Fossil hunting, baking and solving crosswords

Pack your tent for a weekend under the stars

18 Competition

62 obsession

Win an outfit from Barbour for you and him

How Alan Davies built up his brick collection

23 interview

66 Jam-making Special

Sarah Mayor shares the memories that inspired her new book

Alys Fowler helps us make the perfect preserve

78 homes tour

30 my city

Inside a calm and cosy Norwegian hideaway

A guide to the waterside city of Helsinki

89 gardening

38 Lunch with friends

Wildlife gardening creates a haven for bees

Good-for-you snacks and salads to share

94 looking back

44 URBAN GARDEN

A trip back in time on the London Underground

Christopher Raeburn meets the dragonflies

100 the mindful gardener Ark Redwood looks on the lighter side of life

CONTENTS

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Taking a journey on the Tube

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Adding colour to a home

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Making your own jam

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Planning a weekend away

DUSK

Home for the evening – gather, cook, read and relax 105 Simple pleasures Café owner Maria Whiteman describes her day in cups of tea

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Digging into pudding

119 JUNE Enhancing the simple life with the practical and the playful

106 cake in the house A deliciously fragrant carrot and clover cake

107 Exploring the senses Susannah Conway savours the sense of taste

108 Gathering Make a weekday dinner for two

116 What I miss Remembering favourite playground games

130 And so to bed Mary Costello tells us a story and reveals her favourite bedtime snack

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bringing back victorian slang • erecting a tent • serving drinks in the correct glass • creating a hanging basket • Identifying hoverflies

Spot pyjamas | £69 Stay cool and colourful with this set of lightweight cotton PJs. Wear for lounging, sleeping and (we promise we won’t tell anyone) occasional trips to the corner shop. www.plumo.com

Pestemal towels | £25 each They won’t turn your bathroom into a Turkish sauna, but they will add a touch of luxury to your morning routine. If you’re all set inside, use for lying on during a day at the beach or as a cheerful garden tablecloth. www.poketo.com

things to wake up and want

Colourful ceramics | £16 each Take baby steps towards a technicolour tabletop with some handmade ceramics combining milky white tones and bold flashes of colour. Will you match or clash? www.etsy.com/shop/ VitreousWares

Fresh morning picks compiled by Will Taylor

Soda boxes | £45 each Add some fizz to early summer barbecues by handing out glasses of pop from these weathered wooden soda boxes – and store the empties in them when thirsts are quenched. www.paleandinteresting.com

Oka film light | £165 Fashion yourself a stylishly lit reading corner or crafting nook with this distressed floor lamp. Proof that there’s more to the industrial look than subdued blacks and greys. www.oscarandeve.co.uk

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Wallpaper | £68 per roll Step into a meadow of wild flowers with Sandberg’s Flora wallpaper design. Grab your field guide and spot red clover, oxeye daisies, wild pansies and pretty bumble bee flowers. www.sandbergab.se

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My city*: helsinki photographer and blogger Lauren Memarian shows us around this lively waterside city

*Share the simple things in your city. Leave a comment at www.thesimplethings.com or email thesimplethings@futurenet.com

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Lauren Memarian Lauren is a graphic designer and freelance photographer. She moved to Helsinki from London with her husband and likes to spend her free time with her Grandad’s Leica camera, travelling and riding her bike.

Most of us live in cities. Even if a tiny part of us yearns for the country, it’s hard to deny the excitement of town. Every issue we ask one person – clearly in love with their city – to tell us what makes it so special. Through their eyes, we can take a fresh look at where we live too. 5

How long have you lived in the city?

We’re relatively new to Helsinki – we arrived in December of 2012 and we feel at home already. My husband is a mathematician and his research brought us here. I’m a graphic designer so my work goes where I go. There’s a huge creative scene here, so I’m right at home.

possible. The weather is absolutely perfect for me: not too hot, not too cold and with a sea breeze. Then July is the month Finland takes off – schools close, work slows down (or stops) and nearly everyone goes on holiday. The city gets really quiet, apart from the tourists.

Where are you from originally?

Though I was born in England, I grew up in Japan and Germany, then moved to London then Paris. Home has always been a bit transient. Which season makes your city feel most alive?

Definitely the summer. After the long months of winter, people flock outside to enjoy the longer days and perfect temperatures. There are loads of outdoor festivals and events so there’s always a buzz and something to do.

What time of day do you most enjoy?

Photographers call it the ‘golden hour’ – the time just as the sun sets and everything is given a soft, warm glow. Thanks to the long days, the golden hour here seems to last much longer, and the slowly setting sun casts an incredible soft, pinky light. It’s really beautiful. In the winter it’s the opposite; everything is given an ethereal blue tone. The light in this city is incredible. How does your city smell?

What does it feel like in June?

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It all depends! In the market square the air is ripe with the smell of fish being sold from the boats and the aroma of rye bread from the market stalls. On the quiet side »

1 Be sure to pack your sunnies when you visit – the long hours of light can be tough on your eyes. 2 Uspenski Finnish Orthodox Cathedral grandly looks out over the bay in Kruununhaka – it’s said to be the biggest in Western Europe. 3 Overlooking the grand villas of Linnulauluntie on Töölö Bay – a quiet piece of nature in the very heart of the city. 4 Try the main market square’s stalls for a midday snack. They’ll cook up the freshest fish you can find – the harbour is inches away. 5 Cyclists enjoy the long hours of sunshine and many bike paths.

Lunch with friends: H E A LT H Y S U M M E R D I S H E S Raw passion. From chard to chia seeds, Marita Karlson raids her local market for the summer’s healthiest offerings Photography: Martin Lof / Living Inside Recipes: marita karlson

Something for lunch

Green machine Silence mid-morning rumbles with a seriously sturdy smoothie of banana, mango and some unexpected extras Serves 1 120g frozen mango 1 banana 1 handful of fresh baby spinach 100ml aloe vera gel (available bottled from health food stores) 2 tbsp ground flax seeds 100ml almond milk A pinch of cinnamon In a blender or food processor, combine all ingredients and blend on high speed until smooth. Add more almond milk for a thinner texture.

Berry spirulina bomb The vitamin boost of berries, the protein punch of blue-green algae (or spirulina) and sweet coconut water for energy Serves 1 110g blueberries 75g blackberries 1 tsp spirulina powder (available from health food shops – can be substituted with another superfood powder) 200ml coconut water In a blender or food processor, combine all ingredients and blend on high speed.

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Juice fan Marita is on a mission: “My parents bought a juicer, and now they drink juice every day. A friend has said goodbye to her morning coffee and swapped it for a green smoothie. And even my brother is slowly being converted!”

Looking for a site to pitch up – or a picturesque place to hang damp towels? Then start with the National Trust’s range of beautiful locations across the UK: www.nationaltrust.org. uk/holidays/camping.

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WEEKEND CAMPING wild locations and one-pot suppers – be ready for a mini adventure under canvas this weekend Words: sian lewis Photography: National Trust Images / www.nationaltrust.org.uk

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t last it’s time to give skin a welcome dose of vitamin D, tummies a helping of lightly incinerated marshmallows and toes some grass to wiggle in. Here’s the plan for the next time you wake up on a Saturday morning with the sun breaking through the curtains: don’t worry about fancy kit lists and packing emergency rations – just dust down an old tent, load some bedding and any offspring into the car and make for the hills. To paraphrase John Muir, the meadows are calling, and we must go! Why does the sunshine inspire us to set up home in a tiny canvas triangle surrounded by cowpats? Because camping is magical, that’s why. The sights, smells and experiences take us back to childhood, and that pure joy that comes from begging our mums to let us sleep outdoors in a den of blankets and cushions – even if it was just out in the back garden. Come the weekend, venture a little further afield; it needn’t be far, just enough to escape city light pollution. We’ve sussed out the best sites, easy suppers and games to play, so just allow enough time to shop for marshmallows and you’re good to go. »

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making JAM Soft fruits are in their june abundance. WE DISCOVER how to turn them into jams that sing with the flavour of the fruit Words: Alys Fowler Photography: simon Wheeler

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Abundance by Alys Fowler (Kyle Books) Photography: Simon Wheeler

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hen I think of the homemade jam that I grew up with, it consisted of much more than a breakfast ingredient. Home taught me that jam was jewel coloured, rich, sweet or bitter, that it could skate across the butter or stand firm with it, leaving teeth marks as a testament. I still, every now and again, crave cheap white bread, just-so-softened butter and my mother’s greengage jam that tingled when it hit the roof of your mouth. You could leave cartoon-like bites in that combination, the jam being of stronger stuff than the bread. Jam-making is one of the easiest and most rewarding ways to preserve a harvest. In no time, you can go from inexperienced to creating your own masterpieces. I think my best word of advice is not to make huge batches, just a little batch here and there to ring the changes with the seasons. A good homemade jam made well doesn’t have to be just about bread and butter – made with the right spices it can be just as good with cheese or with meat. »

Fresh & Green From Pale to lime, green defines the decor of this Norwegian farm , a hideaway for interior designer and photogr apher Annette Nordstrøm Words: Mariana Schroeder Photography: AnnetteChristian.com

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How we live

“Green is currently my favourite colour; it’s so fresh and natural. Mixed with linen fabrics it gives me a calm and natural feeling,” Annette tells us.

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Retro metro More than just a transport system, London Underground is 150 years old this year and deserves every last candle

Words: anna britten

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onsider the life of a Victorian London commuter. There are around a quarter of a million of you, fighting your way through city streets clogged with horsedrawn buses and hansom cabs. Even if you dodge all those competing hooves and wheels to arrive at work on time, there’s still the mountains of manure perfectly placed to mar your spotless spats. You’d be writing urgent letters to the Evening Standard, wouldn’t you, demanding something be done? You’d also doubtless, therefore, join the excited queues to ride on the first ever Tube train, designed in 1863 as a response to intense public pressure over traffic congestion. The first underground railway in the world wasn’t known as the Tube back then, of course – nor even The London Underground. It was called the Metropolitan Railway, a shortening of which – metro – was adopted for similar subterranean transport systems from Paris (in 1900) to Shanghai (in 1995). » 1 – 4 Vintage posters dating from 1912, 1940, 1936 and right back to 1888. 5 Factory workers doing their bit in Central Line tunnels during WWII. 6 The days before graffiti-covered plastic.

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Fresh from the garden A vase of flowers from your own back yard beats a bought bouquet any day. Early morning is the best time to catch blooms at their freshest. If a lie-in proves more tempting, evening will do; it’s just best to avoid the heat of the day as flowers picked then will have little moisture and so a frustratingly short vase life. Mix whatever takes your fancy and aim for similar length stems for the best ‘unarranged’ look. Hunt out jam jars, milk bottles or bulb forcers to keep it simple.

“This is a quick, put-ittogether meal as the last thing you want to be doing after a day at work is lots of complicated cooking.”

Supper for two Sweep the back yard and invite a friend to a casual after-work dinner Photography: LUISA BRIMBLE Recipes: Aaron Teece & Richard Robinson of Studio NEON

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hey’ve known one another since they were four, and see each other every weekend – so what could schoolteacher Amber and occupational therapist Emma possibly have to talk about on a midweek evening? Plenty, as it turns out. And for these two besotted foodies, at least 50 per cent of that plenty concerns things like the rise of quinoa, the importance of good salt, and how a great salad, like a well-lived life, should be equal parts soft, medium and hard. Subscribe at www.thesimplethings.com

“It’s a really nice way to entertain for two,” says Amber. “We get to catch up on all the news while experimenting on a new recipe. We kept it simple, using seasonal ingredients that were easy to prepare yet special enough to make it feel like a proper little gathering.” After busy days cooped up at a secondary school and a hospital, fresh air was essential. Amber’s covered patio provided the ideal location and, as the sun went down and the crickets started up, the years rolled back. »

MENU Beetroot, radish and orange salad with goat’s cheese Lamb cutlets with quinoa salad and yoghurt Lemon posset with summer berries

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