A touch of the East

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I haven`t been into East for years to be honest, but my sister who rings regularly with lists of books that I MUST buy, and` have you seen` this or that on various websites, rang me to say that I MUST look at East website; as there was a scarf on there that she thought I would love. She was right.My sister has a branch of East  in her town of Reigate, but I prefer to shop online, so quickly took a peek. I loved it . It is fine white cotton and hand embroidered in yellow-fab for summer. It would look great worn with white linen. They have several other colour ways and similar styles ,but with different embroidery -all lovely.
I also spied some simply styled jute bags in fawn, yellow or denim-y blue, which are great for summer shopping or the beach. I would use one for the beach here in North Norfolk (as we go rather a lot) not when abroad; as I prefer something brighter and a more zingy colour-wise, but these are rather good looking and nice and roomy at 32cm x 46cm.
Now I am just awaiting the post!

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Kenny Garrett at Ronnie Scott`s

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The billing at Ronnie Scott`s did say that there ought to be a `storm warning` for the Kenny Garrett Quintet. All I can say is wow, wow ,wow!

Although we have seen quite a lot of jazz over the last ten years, the last time that I went to a `proper` jazz club was in New York ,when I was fortunate to see the late great American jazz singer and pianist Shirley Horn at the Blue Note.

I hadn`t been to Ronnie Scott`s before and I loved it. We had a good supper of smoked salmon and steak frites with béarnaise sauce and settled down to the jazz with glass of wine in hand. The place has a great atmosphere, cosy and smart, and the show was a sell-out. The house band; The James Pearson Trio were excellent, and I could have listened to them all night , but when Kenney Garrett walked onto the stage, the room went quiet.

Kenny Garrett (born October 9, 1960) is a Grammy Award-winning American post bop jazz saxophonist and flautist who gained fame in his youth as a member of the Duke Ellington Orchestra and of Miles Davis‘s band. He has since pursued a successful solo career and has been described as “…The most important alto saxophonist of his generation” by Washington City Paper and “…One of the most admired alto saxophonists in jazz after Charlie Parker by The New York Times.

He is a stirring alto and soprano saxophonist with a  hard-biting sound and compelling, passionate  stage presence.( He also had beautiful hands, and we were sitting right at the front by the stage so I could have reached out and touched them. I didn’t though so don`t worry!)  But he is one cool guy in his dark suit and embroidered skull cap, his saxophone is amazing too; studded with rhinestones…

His playing was mind blowing, supported by Vernell Brown on piano, Corcoran Holt on bass , McClenty Hunter on drums and Rudy Bird on percussion ( a long way from my son playing the triangle at prep-school ha ha).

The music  very much in the post-Coltrane vein , with Asian and African influences, twists and turns-a stirring muscular alto. I was very aware that I was in the presence of one of the greats. When he started playing it was mesmerising and truly fabulous. I have several of his albums but hearing him live was just amazing.

 

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Written in Scars

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Hurrah! Following from the post below, I have to add this one to announce that the fabulous( and very gorgeous), Jack Savoretti`s new album `Written in Scars` is out tomorrow. I have just downloaded it onto my IPad and it , like all of his music is just so very good. I love him.

I particularly love Back to Me`, and `Home`, see below on You Tube.

 

 

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Singer Songwriters

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I love the`singer/ songwriter` genre of music; as readers of this Blog will know by now. Proper talent. Two new young guys whose music has impressed me this week are Miles Graham, with his just out `I can`t love you again`. Download it and also listen to him on You Tube.

And the fab James Bay from Hertfordshire who has an album about to debut ,called `Chaos and Calm`, and with songs such as `Hold back the River`, this troubadour is surely set to captivate the world with his guitar. Love it.

 

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Beachwear buying

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I have decided that the best time to buy beach wear is when you have just come back from a holiday, and what you do and where you go is fresh in your mind, you may also be inspired by what you have seen other people wear as well! Which really is sort of buying before you go on holiday except it`s quite a while away. My theory holds, as when you are actually in the sun, it`s then that you know what you wear, what you need and what is left in the wardrobe in your hotel bedroom. So fresh back from Barbados, and very aware of what I took with me that I didn`t wear, and we all do it.. I have bought a few more holiday pieces to add to my (ever-growing) holiday wardrobe.

I decided that I wore my  black linen and white linen loose shift dresses more than anything, so I am getting another white one and hot pink one made, copying the ones I already have, and I have just bought two more kaftans, a white one from  Monsoon and a purple one from Coco Bay ( I have this one in white and a pale turquoise and love them). More is more I say!

Both websites have a good selection but I implore you to buy early in the season anywhere, else there is little choice size wise. Having said that, many of the Coco Bay kaftans and beach cover ups are one size, so that`s good news.

I have also bought a  fab flower necklace made from shells from Pebble London to add a bit of glamour.

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Barbados

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Speightstown `Little Bristol`

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Cobblers Cove from the Silver Moon

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Claudette Colbert`s house `Belle Rive

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The stunning , wild east coast

The stunning , wild east coast

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A little holiday shopping

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Just returned from our annual sojourn to beautiful Barbados, staying at the chic Relais et Chateaux Cobblers Cove Hotel. We had ( as always) the most wonderful time….I have come back full of inspiration; fabulous stylish surroundings, the best food at the hotel by Executive Chef Michael Harrison , who just gets better and better , dined out at The Lone Star, Coral Reef ( Sunday lunch buffet) and The famed Cliff restaurant. We swam, we ate, we drank ,we laughed with friends we meet each year and new friends just met too. Dear friends from home in Norfolk with whom we spent several jolly evenings, also treated us to a fabulous lunch cruise on the Silver Moon catamaran , ( so very much the lovelier for just hosting the six of us!).We cruised along the coast spying the glorious Oliver Messel abodes, swam in the clear turquoise waters from the steps of the cat, and ate lunch and drank copious rum cocktails and white wine spritzers to the reggae beats. A perfect day.

A perfect holiday in fact. Always such a wrench to  leave the bluest of skies and the whitest of sand and the warmest of water to be greeted with grey skies here in old Blighty. Such a treat to be in the Caribbean at this time. All booked for next year-hurrah. Bliss!

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A colourful exhibition…

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Just a quick blog post as I was told today by a visiting friend, who was asking what exhibitions I had planned to see this year, that Tate Modern are showing the fabulous works of Sonia Delauney from April 15th until August 9th. I love her work with its strong colours and geometric shapes, in fact I did a project about her when I was as Art College.
It`s a must-visit and I will be booking my ticket pronto!

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