Slowing down for the summer

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Photographer and stylist, Emily Quinton, and her tips on slowing down this summer.

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.

Remembering the moment: Download and send a Lazygram

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

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. 

And they’re off… Tour de France

tour de france | the simple things

With Le Tour making its Grand Depart for the 101st time over here in Yorkshire, The Simple Things looks at the biggest annual sporting event in the world – the Tour de France.

Pack the perfect picnic

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No basket? No problem. Part of the picnic’s appeal is its ad hoc nature, so go with the flow and improvise with our top tips for perfect picnic accoutrements.

Summer sounds from Josie da Bank

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Hit play on our soundtrack to summer with sounds chosen by Josie da Bank, creative director and producer of Bestival and Camp Bestival.

Win a personalised OS map and binoculars with Inntravel!

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We’ve teamed up with Inntravel to give one lucky reader the great prize of a pair of Nikon Travelite bins and a customised OS map focused around your area of choice with a personal front cover! The Nikon Travelite VI 8×25 binoculars are just the thing to take on holiday, for a bit of bird-spotting or… Continue reading

Recipe: Elderflower champagne

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Read our feature on ‘posh squash’ on page 35 of June’s The Simple Things? Get picking elderflowers before the season’s out, and use them to make this simple elderflower ‘champagne’ from blogger, Emma Bradshaw.

WIN a week in a VW camper!

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Enter our competition to win a holiday in a classic VW campervan.