Dark sky thinking: stargazing events

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

Rabbits are cute, as long as they're not in our gardens…

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Remember the story about Beatrix Potter’s cheeky Peter Rabbit and the long-suffering Mr. McGregor? While we might think Mr. McGregor is mean and grumpy towards Peter and his family, it’s a regrettable truth that rabbits and gardens really don’t mix. Though most of us would prefer to live in harmony with our fluffy friends, the… Continue reading

Win a cosy winter break with New Forest Living and The Simple Things

Relax, recharge, unwind. Spend a long weekend in a forest hideaway, Hunters Moon cottage in Godshill is the perfect setting for a weekend getaway… As the summer holiday season draws to a close we’re already dreaming of winter breaks in unspoilt countryside: watching the sun rise across misty fields, warming our toes in front of… Continue reading

Wordless Wednesdays: Dancing in the Winter sky…

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When it’s hazy and blue, you just want to move!

Winter activities: When things are too good to recycle, pass them on!

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A great idea for when you’re having a declutter or Spring clean and find things that are just too good to throw away or if the local charity / thrift shop is closed…

Michel Roux Jr recipe: authentic lamb tajine

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Warm-up your weekend with this tasty recipe for an authentic lamb tajine.  We’ve got the perfect recipe from two-star Michelin chef and slow food movement advocate Michel Roux Jr. A chef who  has won numerous awards for his cuisine and understands the importance of  appreciating food and respecting where it comes from. Lamb Tajine 1 boned lamb… Continue reading

Wordless Wednesdays: The beauty of Winter…

Wordless Wednesdays Sophie-May Lewis

No matter how cold it gets, nature is still amazing!

Winter activities: A Welsh beachcombing adventure…

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Our Blowy Walks on Winter Beaches feature in Issue 6 gives you lots of ideas about what to look for by the surf, even in the coldest weather – take a sneaky peek at it here, and enjoy this special photo story from our friend Lizzie Spikes…

The Simple Things Issue 6 is here, full of inspiration and ideas!

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The February edition is now out, featuring a whole heap of amazing recipes, interiors, ideas for sharing quality time with friends, craft projects, enjoying the wildlife and seashores of Britain, and romantic Valentine ideas…

Smartphone love: How to take fab photos with your pocket pal…

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The National Trust’s prestigious Your Space photo competition was won by a picture taken with a smartphone, which we found inspiring! So we asked our friend Paul, who’s a keen smartphone snapper, for some tips on how to use your pocket pal in a really creative way…