Last weekend I returned to St. Margaret's Campsite in Suffolk with my ukulele comrades Harriet and Diane for our annual uke camping retreat. This year, mindful of all that recent rain, we booked ourselves one of their gorgeous vintage caravans. 'Millie' came furnished with patchwork curtains, appliqued cushions and crocheted bunting; a fab selection of retro crockery and pink kettle; complimentary home-made plum jam and a bowl of freshly laid eggs from the hens we shared our field with. The caravan's lovely furnishings were handmade by Suffolk designer/maker Scarlet Sometimes - a regular visitor to the campsite.
Our cute caravan was the ideal base to return to after enjoying the
delights of Hollesley Ukulele Jamboree - a gathering for friends of the Ukulele Cosmos. This year's event was full of cheer and such a pleasure to be part of. Musical highs came from The Toots (theirs was an achingly lovely set), Suffolk-based singer/songwriter Lucy Sampson (a brilliant surprise), and the joyous sound of S.O.U.P. playing London Girls never fails to thrill. The absolute high point was Yan Yalego's performance with jazz musician Stu Ritchie and Andy Briggs who played a giant-sized Mexican guitarrón. Here's a clip of the trio (courtesy of MrCardoon).