Last weekend’s pop up concerts for Stroud Green Music Festival at Deli at 80 and here in Hettie Holland were a huge success. Audience crammed into the store to hear Claire Norburn and Arianne Prussner sing a selection of medieval songs and then later in the day our very own Fender Rhodes was fabulously played by Nick Lacey accompanying Winnie Greer singing some great jazz ballads. Peter Desmond’s addition of some fine trumpet solos wonderfully blasted us too and it was a great preview for the night’s full concert in the Church Hall, which was packed out later. Here’s a clip of Winnie singing in store.
When I opened HH 18 months ago, I had no idea that I would meet so many interesting people, but this weekend I met a ex New Yorker off to Japan on a work trip to bring back Japanese art for a gallery, along with an ex Stroud Greener who wants me to open a Hettie Holland in Bounds Green where she has moved to, a regular to HH a wonderful actress with whom I discuss the plays she has recently seen, and a newcomer who is a talented sports physio whose brother it turns out is working with one of my best friends on a festival in Salzburg. HH seems to be a magnet for wonderful creatives and I am really enjoying listening to all the chatter but especially the special stories behind the gifts being bought. I am thinking of trying to capture some of these stories as little vox pop’s to add to the website.
I am planning a weekend away trip to one of my favourite places – Mayfield Studio in Painswick, a beautiful Cotswold Village nr Stroud, Gloucestershire. This fabulous retreat apartment which was originally an 18thCentury outbuilding is run by one of my best buddies who is not only a great garden and interiors designer but also pretty good at sourcing furniture for me too. It’s beautifully styled with 5 star rating on airbnb and you can even take your dog which suits me. Take a look at Mayfieldstudiopainswick.com
There are fantastic walks from the village including the Cotswold Way, nearby towns are Stroud, Gloucester and Cheltenham all offering places to eat, farmer's markets, many Arts festivals and racing at Cheltenham. Bristol and Bath are a 45 minute drive away.
Many guests us the Studio as a bolt-hole and quiet place to work or study as well as a delightful place to stay whilst exploring the fabulous Cotswold countryside that is on the doorstep.
Please add to your diary my Summer evening party for late night shopping with a bit of help from The Deli at 80 too….FRIDAY 17th JULY 6 – 10pm and I might try and get a bit of live music going too on the Fender Rhodes..
Happy pond swimming the temperature now is just perfect.