Escape: Wheel Women (and their cycling accessories)


In April’s issue of The Simple Things, we get back on the road with a quick spring bike health-check (page 20) and a look back at the history of women and cycling, as told through a Victorian cycling manual for ladies (p86). Fellow bike lovers, gather round. We’ve picked some of our favourite cycling accessories… Continue reading

Reader offer: Luxury cottage retreat


10% off bookings at beautiful holiday cottage: Cappele Cottage, Snowdonia Standing alone in a peaceful valley, Cappele Cottage near Corwen, Snowdonia effortlessly mixes contemporary style with rustic character. Cappele’s idyllic location is perfect for hiking and biking in the Snowdonia Hills or simply relaxing and romancing and enjoying some of the wonderful food that Wales has… Continue reading

Escape: The country's oldest daffodil hotspot

The country's oldest daffodil hotspot

They brighten our homes and herald spring. Grow them, visit them or simply enjoy them – you’ve got to love a daff

Escaping: Moon Walk

Go for a walk by moonlight, the Simple Things magazine

Can’t wait for longer spring days to enjoy the great outdoors? You don’t need to. Go for a moon walk under night skies

Have hot chocolate, will travel..


There’s no better place to enjoy hot chocolate than in the great outdoors If you’re heading out for a walk this weekend, make sure you take a flask of something hot and yummy. We’ll be making this delicious hot chocolate recipe from River Cottage chef, Gillon Meller. Best cooked on an open fire. Real hot… Continue reading

Enchanting Limoges


‘It’s spring when both nature and the city come back to life and there’s a real feeling of excitement in the air.’ Yearning for a spring break? Gillian Harvey’s personal tour of her home city, Limoges, will remind you of all you love about France and inspire you to hop on a plane.  Discover the side to… Continue reading

Say it with a poem


You’ll notice we’re in rather a romantic mood in the next issue of The Simple Things (Issue 20, on sale 31st January). In the wonderfully nostalgic The Lost Art of Writing a Love Letter we uncover the principles of penning the perfect love note. A few lines from a beautiful poem can capture a feeling… Continue reading

Make your own simple spit


    In the new issue (on sale 30 January), our adventurous River Cottage chef Gill Meller wraps up warm and prepares fire-roast leg of lamb. But first you need your fire – and something to roast it on. Gill used an old estate railing he found but for those of us not so lucky, click… Continue reading

Wordless Wednesday


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The Simple Things – Beth Nielsen Chapman

The Simple Things Beth Nielsen Chapman

American singer songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman has long been a favourite of ours, so we were thrilled to hear that the lead track on her new album is called The Simple Things! A beautiful song with beautiful lyrics we’re sure you’ll agree. Uncovered by Beth Nielsen Chapman is now available to order from her website.