Grow a wildflower meadow

wildflower meadow growing tips | the simple things

Turn a bare patch, neglected corner, or even a container, into a glorious, wildflower meadow.

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.

Recipe: Peppermint chocolate chip ice cream

mint choc chip ice cream recipe | the simple things

Homemade and anything but lurid, this peppermint chocolate chip ice cream recipe is all grown up.

Competition: win a Moleskine notebook cover with Inntravel

Inntravel competition

Have you seen our new competition – you could win a gorgeous leather Millican ‘Matt the Moleskine Cover’ and Moleskine notebook courtesy of Inntravel, the Slow Holiday people. Follow in the tradition of the great travel diarists and keep your journals spic and span with this beautiful hand crafted leather cover. The bridle leather used to make these… Continue reading

Sponsored post: New ways to use up old food with Sainsbury’s Food Rescue

Cauliflower, radish and spring onions make a sprightly salad

Throwing out-of-date or leftover food into the bin is often a heartbreaking affair. Whether you are conscious of the money you are squandering or the wider picture when it comes to food waste, it never feels good to toss away any part of your weekly shop, no matter how big or small. 

Wild Swimming Italy


Discover the most beautiful rivers, lakes and waterfalls of Italy in Wild Swimming Italy.

How to be a mindful eater PLUS three simple tea infusion recipes

mindful eater

Yes, we love food, but it doesn’t always get our full attention. Time to reconnect your mind with your mouth and become a mindful eater.

Recipe: Chocolate dipped strawberries

chocolate strawberries

Fancy a fruity summer treat? Try our recipe for chocolate dipped strawberries – perfect for parties and picnics.

Pack the perfect picnic


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.

Competition: Win Dawes bikes for all the family!

bike comp

Dawes has put together a prize set to make your summer: brand new bikes for two adults and two children. Enter our competition!