An Indian Summer

My lovely friend, the talented Interior Decorator Zara Bolingbroke-Kent, (who also owns Mini Maharajas) , has joined forces with Daisy Fellowes (Kapara London), and opened the most fabulous pop-up emporium above the Gurney`s Fish Shop in Burnham Market.

This just for the Summer store is called Jaipur Plaice, and is selling interiors accessories, furniture, exotic textiles, children`s clothing, travel goods and homewares.

It`s very gorgeous indeedy, (lovely colours) and I defy you to leave empty handed. So do pop along!

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A passion for ponchos

I love a poncho, and I am mad about cashmere. And it may seem crazy to be buying a cashmere (and merino wool) poncho ,on what is so far the hottest day of the year, but , as they say `snooze and you lose`. And to be honest with the British weather as unpredictable as it seems to be, even though it is `flaming June`, I most probably will be wearing it next week.

I have just purchased a fab darkest navy poncho with bitter chocolate leather fringing ,from the lovely Pom Pom Poodle company. I have bought many a pom-pom from them before ,and they also sell, wraps and scarves and hats et al, but this seasons ponchos are gorgeous. They come in a delicious range of colours too; bright pinks, oranges, fawn and grey are just a few of the shades to tempt you.

You can buy online or browse through the extensive list of stockists and find a shop near you that sells them. Perfect for that extra layer of style..

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Feast Norfolk June

The June issue of the fab Feast Norfolk magazine has hit the shops. Check out my `Five of the Best` column, to see what I have been eating …

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Art for Cure

Art for Cure is a wonderful charity that was founded two years ago, by  Belinda Gray and Sally Ball , raising money for the care and cure of those with Breast Cancer.

Glemham Hall , set in 300 acres of glorious parkland, near Woodbridge in Suffolk,  was the fabulous venue for the second Art for Cure exhibition, and has been held this May Bank Holiday weekend. And what an event.

Belinda and Sally and their team ,plus 250 volunteers for the weekend, have worked tirelessly for months, to ensure that this event was an amazingly fabulous place to visit, buy art and sculpture ,enjoy the Hall and the stunning gardens, and drink and dine at, and the sun shone too.

At the last count -and there is almost a day to go, they have taken over £200,000 in art sales alone. Over 70 invited artists have been showing the work with a portion of monies taken going to this great cause. On top of this there was the ticket-only ( and sold out immediately) fizz and canape-fuelled Private View on Friday night ,that we attended, and there is a fun, celebrity supported `Make your `Mark` painted canvasses (silent auction), with drawings by guests such as Dominic West, Judy Dench, Rick Stein and Director Sam Mendes. This great fund-raising idea captured the press and local TVs imagination ,and led to great PR: all kicked off with a canvas drawn by Ed Sheeran.

So the rest of the weekend had a pop up restaurant by Chef Peter Harrison, who also provided the delicious canapés for the Private View ,( we loved his with his beetroot-cured salmon for Art for Cure), afternoon tea, a marquee for childrens` art, and many other exciting things going on.

My husband artist Andrew Ruffhead ,had ten pieces of his work on sale, and I am happy to report that we have sold out! Good news for us and good news for Art For Cure.

A wonderful happy arty weekend. Belinda and Sally take a bow!

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Feast Norfolk May

And so the May issue of the fab FEAST NORFOLK magazine is out today. Check out my regular foodie column to find out `Five of the Best` things that I have eaten this month.

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Ruby the Glampervan

 

I have written about the fabulous , creative and talented Christabel Beeson before on my blog. She of `Christabels`; the colourful , cool event company, where she hosts and cooks and styles colourful, vibrant parties, pop-up suppers, corporate events and cocktails; ( along with the help of `Betty` ,her cocktail bar.)

And now…her latest project Ruby the Glampervan, who will be spending the summer in Norfolk.

Ruby was an old 1980`s ambulance which Christabel fell in love with on her first viewing, despite her ramshackle interior. It has been a long process renovating her and , but she tells me that she has enjoyed every minute of it and as she says she has learned a lot.!

Christabel will be curating bespoke trials for guests along the stunning North Norfolk coast, with great recommendations of places to stay and sleep under the stars.

Ruby is also perfect for weddings and festivals and a romantic weekend getaways.

She is kitted out with fabulous harlequin mirrored panels, a cosy wood burning stove, that you can cook your bacon and eggs on, downy duvets and posh sheets ,and a fridge too. What more could you want!

Ruby the Glampervan also comes complete with a fun coastal map of the best places to see, eat and drink at , drawn and designed especially for Christabel by Burnham Market artist Andrew Ruffhead.

Contact Christabel  :http://christabels.co.uk/

And one place that I would think would be a super cool wild camping spot for Ruby and her guests is  The Norfolk Brickyard..

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The White Horse, Brancaster

Today was the perfect day to be enjoying lunch at The White Horse at Brancaster Staithe, a place on the North Norfolk coast where one really does get `sense of place`. Big blue skies and sunshine, though a tad chilly to be sitting outside for two hours-although plenty were, ( all wrapped up after walking along the Norfolk Coast Path). The view from the dining room has to be one of the best along the coast here; far-reaching views over marsh and sea to Scolt Head Island and beyond.

The dining room and bar area of the White Horse has undergone a huge refurbishment , with knocked down pillars, floor to ceiling windows, and new interiors .And you no longer have to walk through the dining room to the bar, if you are outside on deck, which was always awkward for both parties. With a grey colour scheme for tables and chairs that nods to the urban, and screens of twisted rope, over-sized wicker lamp shades and coastal art that nods to the nautical, it`s a new look that took me a while to get to grips with. I have to say that I think it`s a little over `greyed`, but those grey chairs are very comfortable, and I love the nautical styling of the rest of it all.  I also love the coastal art ,as much of it is by my husband artist Andrew Ruffhead!.

I had lunch with the lovely Pam who does the PR for the White Horse, and whom I have known for many years. The place was packed which was good to see. We shared two starters, a citrussy marinated smoked mackerel salad ,of which I loved the fruity salad, but not the mackerel, and the chicken liver parfait which was divine. It was served with layers of orange and cardamom jelly which cut through the richness of the parfait with flair. We both went on to have the confit sea trout on a bed of greens, sauté potato and remoulade of celeriac and apple. The sea trout-which I prefer over salmon any day, was perfectly cooked , served just warm and rosy pink. Yum.

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