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November Grey sky thinking

Ideas for rainy days Crafternoons Why we love toast

COMFORT

A full moon feast around the fire • The art of storytelling • Bobble hats How to do breakfast in bed • Knitting & stitching – with a twist Craft beers & Danish dream cake • WIN! shiny new shoes


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Appreciating a stylish home

Relishing the taste of craft beers

FRESH

LIVING

ESCAPE

08 THINGS TO WANT & WISH FOR

22 SIMPLE STYLE

64 MY CITY

Your essential guide, from stylish product picks to the best new books to read

12 THE STUFF OF LIFE

Find all your Christmas presents at The Simple Things’ independent shop online

16 THINGS TO PLAN & DO

Conker baths, fish pie and winter gardens

19 COMPETITION

Win £500 to spend on Agnes & Norman shoes

You’ve got to love a bobble hat

24 GATHERING

A full moon feast for all the family

34 WISDOM

Yarnstorming with radical knitter Lauren O’Farrell

38 GREY SKY THINKING Good ideas for rainy days

43 TOAST

Mumbai – the place to be for the month of Diwali, and many more festivals besides

70 OUTING

Go kick some leaves and wonder at autumn trees in an arboretum

76 FOOD FROM AFAR

It’s thanksgiving across the pond. Time for cornbread on the side

The ultimate comfort food. Our guide to the best bread and what to put on it

50 THE EXPERT

Craft beer lowdown from Cumbrian brewery Hawkshead

56 BEYOND THE NINE TO FIVE

A cinema that links communities and changes lives

57 LEARN SOMETHING NEW Drum making

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Telling tales

60 MY DAY IN CUPS OF TEA

Grace Whowell of webshop Beyond Measure

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61 CAKE IN THE HOUSE Danish dream cake, oh yes

Keeping houseplants happy

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CONTENTS

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Watching wildlife

THINK

111 WEEKEND PROJECT

79 A POETIC PAUSE

114 GROWING

Beautiful Librarians by Sean O’Brien

Be successful with succulents

80 WELLBEING

116 HOME TRUTHS

The novel cure of bibliotherapy

82 GALLERY

British wildlife captured in pictures

90 IDEAS

Can you fix it? Meet people who are saying, yes they can

93 KNOW A THING OR TWO…

How we really live at home. This month: breakfast in bed

120 POSTCARDS FROM THE HEDGE

Mark Diacono is letting the hens loose and making medlar jelly

123 A curious combination of the practical

Succulents and cacti on display

and the playful: make a stool from your mag pile, pasta ID and the best way to pick a lock. Birch water and #dogsinblankets

130 BEDTIME STORY

New Horizons by Wendy Holden

102 HOME TOUR

A Shoreditch warehouse flat that is dark, rich and desirable

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Grey sky thinking

Ideas for rainy days Crafternoons Why we love toast

Setting the standard with the floor lamp

99 CALM

101 FLOWERS IN THE HOUSE

November

122 HOME STYLE

MISCELLANY

NEST

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

Subversive cross stitch. Be funny, in embroidery

The ancient art of storytelling is having a renaissance

One simple idea: doodle a thumbprint gallery

BACK COVER: KATHARINE DAVIES

FRONT COVER: TAKEN FROM HOT CHOCOLATE BY HANNAH MILES, PUBLISHED BY RYLAND PETERS & SMALL. PHOTOGRAPH BY STEVE PAINTER.

Inviting everyone over for a firepit feast

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COMFORT

A full moon feast around the fire • The art of storytelling • Bobble hats How to do breakfast in bed • Knitting & stitching – with a twist Craft beers & Danish dream cake • WIN! shiny new shoes

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‘With Red Riding Hood’ wall chart | £140 Beautiful imagery from children’s storybooks. surfaceview.co.uk

THINGS TO WANT AND WISH FOR

Extra large Diamond LED bulb | £32 No need for a shade with this handsome brasss and glass bulb. Long-lasting, too. attpynta.com

The chillier months call for heaps of warmth and comfort. LOUISE GORROD gets cosy

Bear shawl | £110 This friendly fellow will give your shoulders a big old bear hug. donnawilson.com

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. Louise also blogs, bakes and photographs at Buttercup Days: buttercupdaysuk. blogspot.co.uk.

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Sonam tea | £7–£8 Delicate infusions from independent plantations in the Himalayas. odellsstore.com

Le Creuset oval casserole | £190 It’s time for hearty, oven-baked meals. Bring out the casserole. johnlewis.com


FRESH | NOVEMBER THINGS

Island III Wood Burning Stove | from ÂŁ2,212 Little beats a log fire to warm your cockles, and this one, made on the Isle of Wight, is very cosy indeed. charnwood.com


LIVING | GATHERING


Full moon feast DIG OUT HATS AND SCARVES AND HOPE FOR CLEAR SKIES . OUTDOOR FUN BECKONS WHEN THE MOON IS FULL, THE BONFIRE IS WARM AND THERE’S SEASONAL COMFORT FOOD YOU CAN COOK IN THE EMBERS . WARM YOURSELF UP WITH HOT TODDY AND CHOCOL ATE CHILLI Recipes: LIA LEENDERTZ Styling: JAINE BEVAN Photography: KIRSTIE YOUNG

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s darkness falls and the moon rises, it’s time to head outside for spicy food and hot drinks. Wrap up warm and huddle under a blanket for supper under the stars. Assemble the family in the back garden for a chilly evening of fun around the bonfire, perhaps with fireworks and sparklers, but definitely cake and crisps. Pumpkins make an appearance, too. If you can’t feel your fingers, warm up by toasting marshmallows around the fire. 25


NOTES ON BEER TART AND REFRESHING OR CREAMY AND RICH? THERE’S ONE WAY TO FIND YOUR FAVOURITE – SAY ‘CHEERS’ TO THESE GREAT BRITISH BEVVIES Photography: ROSIE BARNETT Words: RACHAEL OAKDEN

R ED A LE BER ALE, WN AS AM ALSO KNO SED BY RI AR AC TE K THIS IS CH S OF DAR TE O N EE ST THE TOFF THE ROBU D N A LT A M CRYSTAL SH HOPS . LI G EN F SO BIT TERNES

I’m fruity on the nose and toasty on the palette

PORT ER SOOT HING FIRE WH O SIDE SE DA TIP RK M HINT ALTIN PLE OF F ESS H RUIT CHO C AK E AS A CO L A .P TE O TO B R BER AIR WITH RING RY D O UT ESSE ITS S RTS WEE TN E S S.


LIVING | EXPERT

My bitterness and fragrance are perfectly balanced

ING OUR BRAC RY S E EM IS S TH P B E R WERS AR A S H A R UC RE RS , S ISH B E U IT IN O R S B .W PE AN B EER N GY EU RO L AMBIC H. S TA Y IT IT E D EPT V O FR U L T L S A Y R E M K D N DRIN SS A HNE FR E S PA LE ALE ZEST Y, FR AG RA NT HOPS ARE THE DEFINING INGREDIENT OF THIS BEER , OR IGINALLY BREW ED FOR EXPORT TO COLONIAL IND IA. SIP IT AND DR EAM OF SU MM ER .

A LE H G O LD EN CHER WIT IRST QU EN Y HOPPY TH ND PEPPER A SE BA Y ER A BISCUIT COLD AFT ST SERVED PUNCH. BE INNERS EG B . LK Y WA . A COU NTR ER BIT TER D IT R ATH MIG HT FIN

W HE AT BE ER THE FIRST FO RAY INTO CR AF T BEER FOR MA NY A NOVICE , GERMAN -S TYLE WEISS (WHITE) BEER IS YE AS TY AND LIVE LY WITH BARELY A TR ACE OF BITT ERNESS .


M A K E I T A D AY WELL SPENT

out of the woods

A VISIT TO AN ARBORETUM – A BOTANICAL GARDEN DEVOTED TO TREES – IS A SURE-FIRE WAY TO GET YOUR FIX OF GLORIOUS AUTUMN COLOUR AND A GREAT EXCUSE TO SCUFF ABOUT IN SOME LEAVES Words: CINEAD McTERNAN

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ESCAPE | OUTING

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PHOTOGRAPHY: GAP PHOTOS; PLAIN PICTURE

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iving in the city is wonderful but I do hanker after the countryside every once in a while. I miss seeing the signs that a new season is just around the corner – flashes of yellow flowers heralding spring, emerging buds before summer and leaves starting to turn as autumn begins. Luckily, my son and dog love daily trips to the local park, which has a couple of majestic old oaks, four walnut trees that yield a summer harvest of green fruits (perfect for pickling), a rowan, a sycamore, a hazelnut and, of course, horse chestnuts that provide a seemingly endless supply of conkers in the weeks after the children have gone back to school. While these offer a decent mix of mellow yellows, browns, fiery reds and oranges in autumn, it’s just a snapshot of what the season has to offer. Think of these outrunners as a reminder to pile the family into the car and head out of the city to see nature doing her thing on a larger scale. Woods are an excellent port of call but if you really want an autumnal fix, arboretums, with their mix of native and exotic specimens, are a glorious way to revel in the multi-coloured spectacle that starts at the end of September and continues into early November. I often turn the family outing into a weekend adventure

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1 A glorious spectrum of colour at Westonbirt Arboretum 2 The finger-like golden leaves of an acer

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THINK | GALLERY

ANIMAL MAGIC THE BRITISH WILDLIFE PHOTOGR APHY AWARDS SHOWCASE OUR NATIVE CREATURES SOARING, SOAKING AND STRUTTING IN THEIR NATUR AL HABITATS . HERE THE PHOTOGR APHERS DESCRIBE HOW THE Y CAPTURED THE MOMENTS

PINE MARTEN “I think the best approach to wildlife photography is to work on a subject over a period of time. You get to know your subject and also the environment where they live. This image was a result of knowing where the best light would fall during the late evening.” Photograph by Danny Green. Taken on the Ardnamurchan Peninsula, Scotland

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NORTHERN GANNET “Gale-force westerly winds offer many exciting opportunities with gannets over the colonies of Hermaness. With birds performing in the updrafts from the top of the cliffs right down to the sea below, you can appreciate a sense of scale, which is what this isolated bird offered.” ‘Bird’s Eye View’ by Brydon Thomason. Taken on Unst, Shetland Isles, Scotland

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THE OR AL TR ADITION IS UNDERGOING A REVIVAL . LET US TELL YOU ALL ABOUT IT… Words: KATIE ANTONIOU Illustrations: MARGAUX CARPENTIER

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PHOTOGRAPHY: LOUISE HAGGER, TAKEN FROM POSH TOAST BY EMILY KYDD (QUADRILLE)

LIVING | TOAST

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WELCOME TO THE MODERN WORLD OF TOAST, WHERE THE BREAD IS FLAME-KISSED, CRISPED IN THE TOASTER, OR GRIDDLED AND THEN FINISHED WITH A HEAP OF SEASONALLY INSPIRED TOPPINGS. AS GOOD FOR BREAKFAST AS IT IS FOR SUPPER, AS CHIC FOR COMPANY AS IT IS A SIMPLE DINNER FOR ONE. IT’S COME A LONG WAY FROM THE STAPLE THAT IS ‘BEANS ON TOAST’ Recipes: TOAST: THE COOKBOOK BY RAQUEL PELZEL (PHAIDON)

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NEST | HOME TOUR

PETER WIN runs his financial company from his office at home in Shoreditch. He travels a lot for work, often bringing back treasures to add to his interior.


HIS DARK MATERIALS TIRED OF THE COLOUR SCHEME OF HIS FLAT IN SHOREDITCH, PETER WIN REDECORATED. INSTEAD OF WHITE WALLS, HE INTRODUCED A RICH, DARK PALETTE OF COLOURS AND TEXTURES THAT TURNED IT INTO A SNUG URBAN REFUGE Words: ANNA HUSS/HOUSE OF PICTURES Photography: SOFI SYKFONT/HOUSE OF PICTURES

Left, Peter bought the big kitchen table in Bangkok in 1998. Above, the ‘bookshelves’ wallpaper in the living room is by Deborah Bowness. Right, Peter is a fan of artificial flowers, like this wisteria branch from Abigail Ahern

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