When I hear the distinctive ssssiiiiiiiffft sshhlopPLOPP! noise in my hallway it can mean only one thing – the arrival of a plastic wrapped magazine subscription slipping through our letter box onto the doormat. The arrival of The Simple Things each month is a moment of unadulterated pure joy because, as I’ve mentioned before, The Simple Things is as near to perfection as any magazine could ever get for me.
If you’re not familiar with The Simple Things it is an easy mix of interiors, lifestyle, food, travel and more. A Sunday morning of a magazine if you will. I read the magazine in stolen 15 minute chunks away from the working day and never fail to come away inspired, relaxed or uplifted. This is issue 12 which I think they’ve designed to make even summer haters (like me) love the thought of lazy, hazy days.
My favourite articles in this issue include an inside guide to Vancouver, a jaunt through the history of lidos and public swimming baths, a day of fishing with friends and a recipe for basil ice cream which has made me want to attempt a trip into the garage to find the ice cream maker we were given as an engagement present. Not to mention interiors shots and articles which made me purr with delight and want to save all the harder for a house deposit. I always think of The Simple Things as a perfect read for a member of the Famous Five if they’d been born between say. With less of the twee ginger-beer sloshingness (although that sounds less fun) and red trousers and more of the nous for technology and hardened citiness that they’re desperate to escape.