On Monday I had a wonderful surprise waiting for me, my subscription copy of The Simple Things had arrived. I was delighted and sat down with my favourite mug filled with warm tea.
The Simple Things didn’t disappoint. Issue one was full of inspiring features about food, gardening, interiors and getting outside. A thoughtful structure of the magazine took you through three sections of a day, from dawn to dusk. Within each part there was plenty to read, surrounded by beautiful photography and page design. I especially enjoyed the feature on cheese, the range of book reviews, the simple recipes to try and the Miscellany section. I finished reading my copy yesterday and I’m already looking forward to receiving issue two!
What is your simple thing? Maybe it’s the smell of freshly cut grass, walking through crunchy Autumn leaves, listening to the rain, going for a picnic with friends on a beach, growing your own herbs, giving a handmade gift wrapped in brown paper and ribbon…these are a few of my favourite simple things.
One of my truly favourite simple things in life is receiving post through our letter box. Magazine subscriptions, parcels and fabric orders…I know that they will be on their way during the month but I still get so excited when the post arrives. Even more so, unexpected post, such as cards or letters from friends and family, brings a pure pleasure and a warm feeling inside that you just don’t get from an email. Knowing that the post will bring news to read, things to discover, inspiring ideas of things to make and places to explore, makes it one of my favourite simple things.
I love September. It’s a month that brings a crisp feeling to the morning air signalling that the seasons are changing, the days get shorter and you can enjoy guilt-free comforting food like apple crumble!
With the change of season starting in September, it brings with it a symbolism of change and a new start for me more than any other month. Perhaps it was because a new school or university year began in September, but at this time of year I always have the urge to start a new journey and learn something new. In September I feel the desire to buy fresh stationary supplies, a new pretty notebook and a pen. Last September I took an evening class to learn to knit. I had a huge sense of satisfaction when I got to take notes on the first page of that new notebook for the first time and picked up the basics.