Step into Autumn



I am mad about scarves and wraps, and mad about cashmere too, and my favourite place to buy the perfect cashmere wrap is Willow Cashmere. I have quite a collection now, and they are fantastic quality, last for years and are machine washable too. This season I am coveting the fabulous Cashmere Chunky Knit Wrap with Suede Fringing-divine in Mid-Grey, and the Cashmere Knitted Classic Wrap, (of which I have many), but not in the rather lovely Seamist Blue or Vintage Rose. They are most definitely on my must-buy list!

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I hadn`t looked at J.Crew`s website for ages, but as I went past their shop just off Sloane Square last week and spied lots of fab stuff, I thought I should take another lookie. I am MAD about earrings and they have some fabulous ones online at the moment, so I had to buy the fun `Blooming sequin paillette` ones , a frothy confection of crystal and sequins. There were several more pairs that I covet and I also love the jewelled cuffs too.

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Andreya Triana

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Andreya Triana is a British singer-songwriter from London. To date, she has collaborated with Flying Lotus, Mr. Scruff, and Bonobo. Her songs have been remixed by Flying Lotus Mount Kimbie, and Tokimonsta.

She grew up in London, and moved moved to Worcester in 2003. In 2006, she landed a spot at the Red Bull Music Academy in Australia.

In 2010, Triana’s debut album, Lost Where I Belong, was released on Ninja Tune It was produced by Bonobo,( whose music I also love), and it is jazzy/acoustic/soul..just fabulous.

She has contributed her vocal talents to tracks such as Flying Lotus’s “Tea Leaf Dancers”, Mr. Scruff’s “Hold On”, and several tracks on Bonobo’s 2010 album Black Sands.

Her second album, Giants, which I also have, was released on 4 May 2015, and again so very good.

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Barbara Hepworth at Tate Britain









I hot-footed it to Tate Britain yesterday with my much-in-demand ticket to see Barbara Hepworth, one of the leading sculptors of the 20th century. This retrospective of one of Britain’s greatest artists features many of her most significant and beautiful sculptures in wood, stone and bronze alongside rarely seen works.

It was elegant and spare and stylish ,and I loved it. I loved the photographs and film stills-which many exhibitions use now, which really take you back to `being there`, and also the insight into her relationship with  Ben Nicholson whose work I adore. It was interesting see how she controlled

the way in which her work was presented to the public and used photography and collage to show people how to imagine her sculptures in various settings.


Barbara Hepworth was born in Yorkshire in 1903. She lived in Cornwall since 1939 and has become principally associated with the art of St Ives and with the sea and landscape of that place. This exhibition presents her in a broader light and spans her whole career.

Hepworth emerged in the late 1920s as a leading member of a new generation of sculptors. Her work became increasingly abstract in the 1930s and, after moving to Cornwall, she began to make sculpture in terms of her experience of landscape. She continued to carve throughout her life, but from 1956 she also made works in bronze which allowed her to produce more and which were better suited to international travel.

This exhibition traces Hepworth’s growing international success offering fresh ways of thinking about her art. Uniquely, this retrospective also plays with the different spaces in which Hepworth presented her work – the show includes an impressive reconstruction of a modernist structure to showcase Hepworth’s ‘ideal’ environment. Among the highlights are four large sculptures in sumptuous African hardwood – the high point in her post war carving career – reunited in one room.

Alongside sculpture the show features fascinating photographs that have never been seen before in public, rarely seen textiles, collages, film and selected works by her peers and predecessors from  Ben Nicholson and Jacob Epstein to Henry Moore.

I sneaked into a few of the other galleries and spied some amazing paintings by Peter

Lanyon, David Bomberg, Frances Bacon and Patrick Heron. Just brilliant.

Love Tate Britain, and I am off there again later in the year to see exhibitions of works by Calder and Auerbach.


The exhibition is on until 25th October so do go.


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Paint Out Wells








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An impromptu Blog post. The weather was so glorious when we woke up this morning that we hot footed it to the beach at Wells-next-the-Sea with bacon sandwiches, before we opened our gallery ( Fish and Ships Coastal Art). The beach was stunning, vast pale, wide sands and big, big blue skies with the tide far ,far out. Perfect.

As soon as we walked along the board walk path we spied several artists at work, loaded up with easels and rucksacks, and oil paints. It transpired that they were taking part in `Paint Out Wells`, and todays project was the beach…

We soon met the lovely Jane Hodgson an artist who lives near North Walsham, who particularly loves painting people, ( she also sells her work at The Pink Foot Gallery in Cley).

“How long are you going to be here?”, she asked. Well about an hour. And so we ( and Harry the Lurcher), became the subject of her painting. And jolly good to it looked an hour later( she marked out where our picnic rug had sat so she could carry on without us), I liked her loose painterly brush work, and slightly abstract take , and she caught my husbands pose perfectly.

What a perfect day for an artist, and a sublime setting. And we always feel rather smug when we are able to say that yes, we do live here.

If you check out the Paint Out website, you can find out all, about this great event, and the auction and sale of the paintings in Wells tomorrow and Saturday.

Paint Out Plein Air Art Competition 2015

Paint Out is a multi-faceted event aiming to redefine en plein air art practice. This core event is the premier juried en plein air competition in the United Kingdom, celebrating the talents of national and international artists before a wide and growing audience in the heart of medieval and iconic Norwich – and now also picturesque Wells-next-the-Sea on the North Norfolk coast.

Plein Air – Art works carried out in the open air – chiefly with reference to painting. The Paint Out competitions, however, accept any 2-dimensional media or mixed-media applied to a canvas/board/paper embracing drawing, pastels, oils, watercolour, and even screen-printing. Innovation and originality are encouraged alongside traditional art forms.

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LightScape Illumination at Houghton Hall



































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Those of you who have read previous Blogs will remember that I visited Houghton Hall in North Norfolk, and James Turrell`s amazing `LightScape` installations and also the Contemporary Sculpture, earlier in the Summer. But I hadn’t seen the amazing (and it truly IS amazing) Illumination of the west façade of the Hall, which takes place on Friday and Saturday evenings until October 24th, ( so still plenty of time to wrap up well and go, go go).

As my husband missed the exhibition, he wanted to see that first, so the plan was to get there early , seat me with book and picnic for an hour , while he walked around the installations and sculptures in the grounds. So last night loaded up with ham sandwiches, chocolate cake, sauvignon and coffee ( and several layers of clothing), we headed to Houghton. Hilariously we were the first to take our places in front of the Hall, and I have to say that I felt embarrassingly like someone sitting outside in the early hours on the first day of Selfridges sale!

And so it began. the juxtaposition of contemporary art on this palladian façade was stunning. It was amazing, brilliant, and mind-bendingly clever how James Turrell wove his magic to transform ( without you even realising the colour changes; pink/violet, turquoise ,peach, amber red, black , moss, lime and blue) this grand Hall into an enchanted palace, then a dolls house , almost diminishing it until it was just colour and light under a big Norfolk sky.

We loved how the audience were utterly silent and the only noise heard was an owl….

Light is as palpable as any painting and Turrell`s visionary illumination is a sight to behold. We shall never forget it.

The entire west façade of Houghton is lit in a slowly evolving light show specifically created by Turrell. This 45 minute spectacle begins at dusk and can only be seen on Friday and Saturday evenings. Visitors are able to take advantage of the later closing times for the Hall, grounds and gardens. The restaurant is open for dinner bookings and a pop-up café on the west front will provide drinks and snacks for those wanting to relax whilst watching the show unfold.

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On the buses!














Owner Richard Matthews

Owner Richard Matthews















The Coast Hopper bus is such a great way travel, wending its way along the North Norfolk coast from Kings Lynn to Cromer, stopping off along the way at designated stops (you can also ring a bell to stop at smaller ones too as we did as it was nearer to our house). The drivers are fun and helpful and a return journey for the two of us from Burnham Market was just £14.10. Good value indeed. It is also a lovely way to see the coast as you spy lots of landmarks along your way such as the Beeston Bump and the steam railway which you can miss when you are concentrating on driving yourself.

We were celebrating the end(ish) of a busy (mad) Summer season here in North Norfolk, along with friends from Wells and Blakeney, whom we picked up at various stops on our journey, Harry the Lurcher and Pickle the Fox Terrier, and we were heading to the fab , recently opened Rocky Bottoms in West Runton, a cool ,stylish, chilled-out, dine-with-a-view eaterie; serving delicious lobster and seafood straight from `pot to plate`.
Our friends had been before and loved it, but it was a first for us, as was our Coast Hopper trip. And what a great idea. You take your own wine to Rocky Bottoms too, so we were loaded up with a rather good Rose, an excellent Montrachet and some of Satchells best Sauvignon…

Rocky bottoms is three minutes walk from the bus stop and also a quick jaunt from the Coastal path, overlooking the sea.I loved the whole style and concept, and great planting too; grasses, lavender, sea holly and verbena.

The building started out originally as a 1800s brick kiln with a purpose to fire bricks. Eventually the brick kiln was unable to compete with larger competitors and closed down post WW2. Since this time the brick kiln has offered itself as agricultural storage until it collapsed and stood derelict.

In 2008 the brick kiln’s potential and need of restoration was spotted by local fishing family; The Matthews. The doors opened in May 2015, just in time for the start of the crab season. They deliver local shell food from pot to plate in a laid back environment. Rocky Bottoms believes in enjoying the simpler things in life!

At the head of the family, husband and wife are Richard and Alison who are quite the duo in providing Norfolk and it’s many local businesses with Weybourne’s famously delicious crabs and lobsters.

Richard has been the local fisherman for 35 years; his faithful Anna-Gail fishing boat is a traditional double-ended crab boat who is naturally au fait with the north Norfolk coast and is just one of very few traditional fishing boats on our waters today.

On return from fishing Richard boils the crabs and lobsters and Alison prepares the produce, namely dressing crabs which involves removing the ‘dead man’s finger’, at their nearby home. At this point the crabs and lobsters are Rocky Bottoms ready.

At the helm in the kitchen it was great to see `Fitzy` ( James Fitzpatrick) again, former chef at Wiveton Hall Cafe, and we chatted to him about their ideas for the coming season.. mussels will be on the menu soon. Yum!

We all loved the laid back feel, the materials used in the re-build,( so it sits so well in its coastal environment), the lovely staff, and dogs and children welcome too, with plenty of (very breezy) space outside to run and run. We had a lovely long , laughter-filled lunch of Smoked haddock Fishcakes with homemade tartar sauce , followed by the sweetest Lobster with garlic butter, and fab salad and chips. The lobster was perfect. Our only gripe was that the chips weren`t homemade tut tut…

The smoked mackerel and hot smoked salmon looked good too, and Rocky bottoms sells take-out sea food and lunch boxes( such a good idea).

They have a good selection of puds, and we loved the `Runton Mess`, and a particular favourite, Lemon Posset, with lovely crisp sugary homemade shortbread.

We had such a good time and trundled back on the bus determined to do it all again very soon.



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