Take your life outside

Take your life outside | the simple things

Go barefoot, try rockpooling, and catch an al fresco film – no better season to take your life outside.

Competition: Win a Feather Down Farm Days holiday!

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Feather Down Farm Days and Brittany Ferries bring you this month’s fab prize – an outdoorsy holiday in France.

Remembering the moment: Download and send a Lazygram

lazygram | the simple things

This month, in our campaign to savour holiday memories, we consider the postcard – the perfect snapshot.

Jekka McVicar’s useful but less obvious herbs

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Read our feature on Jekka McVicar (page 90 of August’s The Simple Things)? Add her suggestions for useful but less obvious herbs to your shopping list.

Recipe: Sweetcorn with flower and herb butter

sweetcorn recipe | the simple things

Corn on the cob and butter are the most natural of double acts. Flowers and herbs picked from your plot take this melting accompaniment to the next level in this sweetcorn recipe.

Take a twilight walk

take a twilight walk | the simple things

As the sun lingers longer on the horizon, dusk in high summer is an opportunity to take a twilight walk and revel in the nocturnal nature on all our doorsteps. 

Food from afar: Granita recipe

granita recipe | the simple things

Granita refers to the coarse, grainy texture of this sweet, frozen treat. Delve into the history of the flavoured ice and try your hand with a summery granita recipe.

Sponsored post: July’s cut flower patch planting diary

july-cutting-diary | the simple things

Louise Curley, author of The Cut Flower Patch, shares this month’s planting diary.

Wordless Wednesday


Trail of Aphrodite along the Akamas Peninsula in Cyprus. Photograph: Linda Lashford for Inntravel, the Slow holiday people

Competition: Win tickets to The Big Feastival!

big feastival competition | the simple things

Win a family camping ticket to The Big Feastival with Wyld Wood Organic Cider.