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TA K I N G T I M E T O L I V E W E L L

Summertime cool

August

Shady places for hot days Edible flowers & feelgood juices Hawaiian shirts

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Fresh lemonade & picnics on the beach • Friends for the weekend How to be idle • The story of the suitcase • Kaftans • A local’s guide to Porto • Why the sea makes us feel better • WIN a holiday in the New Forest


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Enjoying the peace of a French farm

Capturing the essence of summer

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08 AUGUST THINGS

22 SIMPLE STYLE

66 MY CITY

24 SUMMER DAYS

72 FOOD FROM AFAR

Your essential guide to the month ahead, from stylish product picks to the best new books.

16 THINGS TO PLAN & DO

Love a lido, how to make lemonade, plus your could-do list for the summer hols

19 COMPETITION

Win a riverside holiday in the New Forest with New Forest Living

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Being inspired by makers

Kaftans – they’re big, blousy and back We’re heading for the sea, down the woods and messing about on boats

36 THE EXPERT

Hot stuff from Upton Cheyney Chilli Company

42 WISDOM

Meet the ultimate idler, Tom Hodgkinson – a devotee of the afternoon nap

Porto – a city of green parks and blue water Gazpacho: so much more than cold soup

76 OUTING

Cool places for hot days

80 UNDER CANVAS

Coastal campsites and how to make a fish burger

46 GATHERING

Portable food, good friends and a spot on the beach

54 BEYOND THE NINE TO FIVE

James Otter, sustainable surfboard maker

56 JUICY SECRETS

The recipes, the gadgets and why juicing rocks

60 LEARN SOMETHING NEW Speaking another language

61 CAKE IN THE HOUSE

Pecan blondies – like brownies but for summer

62 MY DAY IN CUPS OF TEA

Beach-hut makery owner Melanie Barnes

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Admiring Hawaiian shirt prints


CONTENTS

24 Splashing around

46 Making a lunch to go

THINK 83 A POETIC PAUSE

The Lake Isle of Innisfree by W.B. Yeats

84 WELLBEING

Energising and mesmerising; why the sea makes us feel better

86 LOOKING BACK

A story of the suitcase, and other luggage tales

FRONT COVER: AMANDA THOMAS; BACK COVER: KATHARINE DAVIES

92 HOLIDAY TRADITIONS

The beauty of going back every year

NEST 95 FLOWERS IN THE HOUSE Dahlias – exuberantly beautiful

96 HOME TOUR

A French barn conversion with room to roam

104 WEEKEND PROJECT Building an outdoor pizza oven

106 HOME STYLE

The particular pleasures of the traditional picnic hamper

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107 GROWING

TA K I N G T I M E T O L I V E W E L L

The tongue-tingling flavours of edible flowers you didn’t even know you grew!

113 OBSESSION!

A surfer who collects Hawaiian shirts

Summertime cool

August

Shady places for hot days Edible flowers & feelgood juices Hawaiian shirts

116 HOME TRUTHS

How we really live at home. This month: friends staying for the weekend

120 POSTCARDS FROM THE HEDGE Mark Diacono is picking fruit and making sweet chilli dipping sauce

122 MY SIMPLE THING Eating ice cream

MISCELLANY 123 A curious combination of the practical and

the playful: how to open a bottle of beer, the anatomy of a jellyfish and the best way to build sandcastles. Plus skyscaper spotting, beach towels and Dogs in Blankets

130 BEDTIME STORY

Playing Truant by Sarah Vaughan

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Colouring poster | £12 Illustrator Michael Kirkham’s drawing to pencil in. theschooloflife.com/ shop

Taiwanese fan | £16 To waft about elegantly on steamy summer days. nativeandco.com

THINGS TO WANT AND WISH FOR Make the most of these carefree days with fun, fresh things for the home, sourced by LOUISE GORROD

LOUISE GORROD Our Wishlist Editor, Louise, is also our Stuff of Life shopkeeper (shop. thesimplethings.com). Look out for this symbol for items in the shop. She also blogs, bakes and photographs at Buttercup Days: buttercupdaysuk. blogspot.co.uk.

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Hula pendant sound necklace | £136 The sea-like tones of the glaze differ slightly on each unique, handmade ceramic pendant. reikokaneko.co.uk

Cushion by Lou Hopper | £45 A cheery flash of colour to brighten neutral sofas. shop.thesimplethings.com

Mini sewing machine | £35 Ideal for beginners’ creative projects. johnlewis.com

Adjustable stool | £120 Rotate the seat to suit the height of the sitter. peastyle.co.uk


FRESH | AUGUST THINGS

Picnic ware | from ÂŁ12 Make an outdoor feast a civilised affair by packing the car (or bike basket) with a selection of beautiful throws, napkins, hampers and cushions. houseofffraser.co.uk


LIVING | OUTDOORS

summer days T H I S I S T H E T I M E . D R O P A L L T H E C H O R E S , TA K E O F F YO U R WATC H , T H R OW AWAY YO U R L I S T A N D G E T O U T T H E R E – B E S I D E T H E S E A , TO T H E WO O D S , D OW N B Y THE RIVER. NO NEED FOR A PLAN, SUMMER HAS A WAY O F S P R I N G I N G ( N I C E ) S U R P R I S E S . . . Art Direction: CATHY MCKINNON

Photography: AMANDA THOMAS


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M EN U Garbanzo jars with feta and parsley Wrapped country sourdough with burrata and peaches CruditÊs with coconut and avocado crème Homemade vitamin water


LIVING | GATHERING

Sunshine state WHETHER YOUR PICNIC IS ON VENICE BEACH OR VENTNOR, THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT A SPONTANEOUS LUNCH WITH THE HOT SAND BET WEEN YOUR TOES THAT MAKES THE WORLD LOOK BRIGHT Photography & styling: MARTIN LOF/LIVING INSIDE Recipes & food preparation: MARITA KARLSON

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aking inspiration from California’s year-round sun, we’re planning a meal by the sea that’s as easy to prepare as it is to carry down to the sands. It’s about attractive assembling rather than actual cooking. Visit a farmers’ market and fill your basket with produce, bake or buy some good bread to go with it and forage for some extra, fruity snacks. On the West Coast there are citrus orchards in the valleys; here the cherries, plums, and earliest apples are just ready. It’s a low-effort picnic so no need for lots of vegetable prep: eating good-quality produce raw is easy, healthy and beautiful, too. Wash it all down with a homemade vitamin water, the ultimate summer refreshment. Let the sun shine on.

Luncheon meet: fresh sourdough with a peach and burrata filling, a pot of chickpea salad and a homemade vitamin water served up with a slice and a straw

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NOTES ON CHILLIES BRITISH CHILLI GROWERS WILL BE HARVESTING HUNDREDS OF DIFFERENT CULTIVARS THIS MONTH. IT’S TIME TO GIVE HEAT A CHANCE Photography: ROSIE BARNETT Words: RACHAEL OAKDEN

My bumpy curves are a sign that I’m scorching

O N N ET SCOTC H B ST ITS N G ET PA A C U YO IF FR U IT E TH H EAT, H A N TE R IN TE N SE A TA M O ’S ER FT A AT TH N A M ED S ES A SW EE TN U C ES . H AT H A S B EA N SA IB R A C S N B R IG H TE

) E (G R EE N B IR D ’S EY C K ER S FI R EC R A LE TT LI E TH ES F SO U TH O R U O FL AV A R E A K EY SL IC E . ES A N C U IS IN TO EA ST A SI R ES SI N G D E IC JU EIN TO LI M SIZZLE . D LA SA I A M A K E A TH

Red or green, I’ll make you scream…

FR ES NO AL SO KN OW N AS A BU LL ET CH IL LI , FO R ITS SH AP E RATH ER THAN ITS BI TE, THIS CA LIFORNIAN PE PP ER IS M ED IU M HOT. UN RI PE GREEN ONES ARE GREAT PI CK LE D.


LIVING | EXPERT

Nibble my tip with caution, then take the plunge O LO K IA ED B H UT J E S H -B R S NG L AD A OW N A N K T H IS B O S L A R IS A HE T E C N C U LTIV ,O PEPPER U G HT G H OST E S T. S O S. ’S H OT T D I-H E A D L L R IL O W S CH SERIOU Y B R E AFT

N C A R LI STO A LO N G IL D, EX TR M A H TR EX EY, W H IC K R TU OM G R EE N FR U ITS FR Y G N TA E R E LI K EA L TA ST E M O IL LI ES . ID TH A N C H . G IN PE PP ER S K A B IN G A N D FO R ST U FF

SE RR AN O A M ED IU M -H OT CH IL LI FR OM M EX ICO. FL ES HY AN D JU IC Y, IT ’S GR EAT TO EAT RAW : CH OP IN TO SA LSAS OR SP RI NK LE OV ER CE VI CH E.


M Y C I T Y * : P O R TO PAULA CALHEIROS SHOWS US AROUND PORTO, A SEASIDE CITY ON A RIVER, THAT HAS BOTH WATER AND WINE AT ITS HEART

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1 The view over Porto’s rooftops to the river Duoro 2 A Rabelo boat, which once transported Port wine down the river 3 A Vida, one of Paula’s favourite shops, sells traditional Portuguese products 4 Colourful ceramic tiles clad many of Porto’s buildings 5 Café culture: Café Vitória is a bar, restaurant and café

PAULA CALHEIROS

Paula Calheiros is a freelance photographer and blogger mostly shooting and writing about Porto’s events, people and places. Paula lives near the sea and is passionate about vegetarian food, yoga, surf and photography.

*There’s no better way to get to the heart of a city than through the people that live there. Every month we ask someone, clearly in love with their city, to take us on a personal tour and tell us what makes it so special. You may feel inspired to visit one day or to rediscover the charms of a city closer to you, but for now just sit back, relax and enjoy some armchair travel. How long have you lived in Porto?

I was born and raised in Porto. I lived in Lisbon for a while but came back and have settled here with my husband and two pre-teen boys.

PHOTOGRAPHY: PAULA CALHEIROS

What makes it a unique city?

It’s not too big or too small. There are great restaurants and nightlife, cultural life, historic buildings and all kinds of shops and markets. It’s special because it is a city with sea and beaches, good waves for surfers, and the river Duoro, an important part of the landscape. You can see the boats that bring the famous Porto wine anchored at the river bank in Ribeira or on the other side of the river Gaia. And the food and wine is excellent! What’s it like in August?

It’s a quiet time in Porto, as the schools close, locals go

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away on holiday and many companies also shut for the month. This can be a good thing for tourists, however, because the city isn’t so crowded with cars (in winter, traffic can be quite bad) and it can be the best time to visit certain places – some restaurants which are usually full will be more likely to have tables. It’s normally good weather, with temperatures peaking at about 26–28C with a nice breeze, so cooler and more pleasant than southern Portugal in summer. What time of day do you most enjoy and why?

I’m a morning person and I love to get up early and go jogging, breathe the fresh morning air and see the city empty. I live by the sea and the morning light is beautiful. However I also love the end of the day, especially in summer; Porto has great sunsets and the light in the evenings is also gorgeous. It’s just lovely to sit drinking a glass of wine with friends and watch the sun going down. » 67


NEST | HOME TOUR

The unusually-shaped swimming pool has shallow and deep ends connected by a canal. Opposite, the grandchildren’s sleeping quarters are on a mezzanine level above the main living area, shielded by white curtains


IN GOOD CAMPAGNE THIS FRENCH FAMILY’S BARN CONVERSION MIGHT BE A SMART COUNTRY RETREAT, BUT IT’S ALSO AN IDEAL PLACE FOR THE CHILDREN TO ROAM FREE, SPLASH IN THE POOL AND PICK FRUIT FOR TEA

Words: CLARE GOGERTY Photography: BIRGITTA WOLFGANG/SISTERSAGENCY.COM Production: JULIA MINCARELLI/SISTERSAGENCY.COM


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My day in cups of tea

11am

WE ASKED MAKER AND WRITER MELANIE BARNES TO DESCRIBE HER DAY IN CUPPAS Rise and shine! What’s happening?

MELANIE BARNES

is a maker, writer and mother. She makes clothes from thrifted vintage fabric and recently opened Margot, a beach-hut makery in Worthing, West Sussex. She blogs at geoffreyandgrace.com

I have my first cup of tea while helping my daughter eat her breakfast. I like to take some time to sit with her and talk about the day ahead. At least once at the weekend I try to have my tea in bed. It’s nice to have a slower start to the day.

Bet you have an equally cool favourite mug…

I love this cup and saucer I found in an antique shop when I lived in New York (top left). I love how big the cup is and the pretty floral pattern.

First cup drunk, is it straight into work?

Time for a break. What are you doing?

We’ve heard a rumour that there’s a special somebody called Margot in your life…

Are you ever a sociable tea drinker?

Yes, there’s plenty for me to get on with. From writing to making things and blogging, my work is really varied. We’ve recently moved and I’m now lucky enough to have a work room at home. Margot is our beach-hut makery. I opened her with three other makers – Sally Whiting, Louise Tyler and Michelle Dawson. We wanted somewhere to make and create, and to sell our work. Margot is very little, but there is room for a sewing machine and table, plus we have a nice comfy chair, great for hand sewing or for Lou to

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crochet in. My journey to Margot is lovely. I walk along the promenade next to the sea all the way.

I have a cup of decaf tea with soya milk at 11. At least once a day, I try to sit with a cuppa and do nothing, maybe listen to some music, look at a magazine, or sit in the sun and people watch. Yes, it’s a pleasure to have an uninterrupted catch-up with a friend over a pot of tea and perhaps a bit of cake. I also love it when my folks come to stay, as Mum always has a pot on the go. Home time. Can you squeeze in a final cuppa?

It’s nice to finish the day with a herbal tea. In summer, I pour hot water over some leaves from my Lemon Verbena plant.


NEST | GROWING

Make lunch lovelier and dinner delightful by creating a pretty posy on your plate

PHOTOGRAPHY: STOCKFOOD

P E TA L P O W E R

THERE’S MORE TO EDIBLE FLOWERS THAN BORAGE ICE CUBES. YOUR BORDERS ARE PACKED WITH A WORLD OF TONGUE-TINGLING FLAVOURS AND CULINARY POSSIBILITIES Words: CINEAD McTERNAN Recipes: PIP MCCORMAC

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