June's The Simple Things is out today - find out what's inside our midsummer issue
When dawn comes early and dusk comes late, it seems like there's all the time in the world to do, or not do, stuff. Time for strawberries, of course, for a clinking glass of elderflower cordial, to admire a single bloom or go looking for ladybirds. Embrace T-shirt weather and tea bread loaves, walking and talking, sailing and snoozing. Being busy merely means there are peas to be picked, fishing rods to be held. It means taking time to live well. Time to enjoy The Simple Things.
Join us for a midsummer feast: all manner of delectable nibbles and devilish puds to share in our Gathering feature, page 26.
Pev Manners, cordials king, explains how he seals summer's flavours in a bottle to savour all year, page 35.
The woman behind Camp Bestival, Josie Da Bank, gives us her take on fun, family, and fancy dress, page 54.
Turn to page 62 for Arianna Huffington's secret to success - it doesn't involve sitting still.
River Cottage's head chef, Gillon Meller, fishes for supper from the deck of a wooden boat, page 64.
We explore where and how to tackle the art of fishing on page 72.
If you hanker for more greenery, reinvent your indoor space with foliage and fronds on page 82.
A room of one's own - it's time to reclaim the shed: the perfect place to think, create and escape (page 90).
Plus - turn to Miscellany on page 107, for a curious combination of the practical and the playful, including how to finesse a G&T, pitch a tent, take lavender cuttings, get a kick out of Brazil, make fruit pastilles, know your ladybirds, strawberry recipes and more.
Have a flick through our sampler for more