So where was I? Oh yes, I'd just done a gig in Alkmaar - it feels like so long ago! The next day we explored Schoorl (very difficult to pronounce) and Groet - both very pretty seaside villages, so more walking and beautiful scenery.
That night we drove to Bodegraven for my first Living Room concert of the tour. What a gorgeous house it was, and full to bursting with friendly people (37 people to be precise). Our hosts were incredibly welcoming and did an awesome job of organising their first house gig - may it lead to many more fantastic evenings!
Then it was back to Rotterdam for an instore followed by house gig number 2. The instore was at Velvet Music in the centre of town and there were lots of people wandering around so I set up just outside the record store on the street. It was all going very smoothly until a clonking great street organ began to approach and got steadily louder and louder until I couldn’t hear anything I was doing. When a friend went to tell the man that we had a scheduled gig he didn’t seem to care and just carried on. Therefore we moved all of my stuff inside the shop and I continued to play…for about ten seconds, as by that time the organ had moved to practically right outside the shop. By this time the record store owner was so annoyed that he stormed outside saying he was going to kill the man (who apparently turns up there all the time). Quite frankly I wouldn’t have minded, the racket coming from that machine was doing my head in. But he didn’t actually kill the guy. After a firm talking to, the dreaded organ minder moved off and I headed back outside to finish my set.
That evening’s house gig was a blast! Another packed room and so much warmth and enthusiasm. I feel very lucky to be doing this. Thanks to Marlike for the fantastic pic.
After a late start the next morning (pretty much like most mornings), we headed off to Breda where I had a pretty successful busk. Then we headed back to Rotterdam to cook our lovely host some dinner :-) followed by a lot of ice-cream, yum.
Our next stop was Arnhem and Hoge Veluwe National Park. I can honestly say that it was one of the most strange and beautiful places I have ever seen. What a crazy mix of landscapes. One moment we were cycling through a pine forest, then through fields of gold (wild grasses and heather) which stretched on as far as the eye could see, then we were surrounded by sand and I was reminded of the desert scenes from The Lion King, then finally we came to a lake with still water and Autumn leaves reflected on its surface. It was almost too much to take in, a fairy land/dream world - go there if you ever get the the chance!
Lastly, a huge thank you to everyone who has pre-ordered my album so far in one form or another. More than 80 people have contributed so far to funding the recording and it means a great deal. If you'd like to get involved head over to http://www.hattiebriggs.co.uk/2nd-album.
More news to come in the in the next few days!
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