Starry night stopover


We ran this pic from Galloway House Estate  in our stargazing piece in November issue but forgot to say you can stay there! Off-grid, wood-fired hot tubs, starry skies. There are four cottages on the organically farmed estate, which is near Wigtown, Scotland’s book town. And did we mention it’s in an International Dark Sky… Continue reading

How to make a pumpkin bird feeder


Don’t ditch the Halloween pumpkin just yet… Give it a new lease of life in the garden as a pumpkin bird feeder.

Two ways: the jam tart


November’s The Simple Things features Alice’s favourite bake – the jam tart. Want two more ways to make them? Try these alternative methods fit for a Queen (of Hearts).

Dark sky thinking: stargazing events


Astronomical societies across the country regularly hold talks, events and ‘Star Parties’. Go stargazing with some of these dark sky events.

Competition: Win £250 to spend at Surface View

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Win £250 to spend at Surface View – choose an image from Surface View’s extensive archive to make into a mural, a print, ceramic tiles, even a lampshade.

Competition: Win a KitchenAid mixer worth £429!


As the days get shorter and the air gets colder, it feels good to get into the kitchen and bake. Comforting and cosy, it’s no wonder baking is one of the most loved of British pastimes. Create culinary masterpieces with a KitchenAid Food Mixer – we have one to give away courtesy of our friends… Continue reading

Recipe: Garibaldi biscuits


Lia Leendertz, our regular Seed to Stove columnist, remembers forgotten foods in the November issue of The Simple Things. Here, she shares her delight in the Garibaldi biscuit, plus a tried and tested recipe.

Passing on traditions: New boots


So shiny, not a mark on them. And all that leather, suede or, for the extrovert, patent. Your little bitty strappy sandals are all very well but with a pair of boots there’s far more shoe to show-off and tell.

The joy of bedlinen: Five ways to make your bed cosier

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It’s a simple truth that your bed will never look as good as the ones in the bedding department of John Lewis. Carefully co-ordinating layers of pillows, throws and cushions, known fancifully as ‘pillowscaping’, takes some managing on a daily basis. Sometimes the most you can hope for first thing is a bit of duvet… Continue reading

Cake in the house: Sticky toffee loaf

sticky toffee loaf | the simple things

Gooey, gingery and cockle-warming, this sticky toffee loaf is comfort on a plate.