We are staying with Ms Rum’n’Reason and Mr R&R on New Providence — more exactly, we’re staying in the north west corner of the island, well away from Nassau where the cruise ships dock. Here, as you can see, the beaches are almost deserted. I’ve not been a great one for beaches in the past, but these have really converted me. And we’ve come this time in the ideal month of year, before it gets too humid. Combine that with wonderful food too, courtesy of Ms R&R, and it’s all pretty perfect.
Long relaxing days, then. A lot of reading, only some of it philosophical fun: e.g. just finishing the latest Kate Atkinson, Started Early, Took My Dog (terrific: warmly recommended). But the real discovery has been a musical one. Ms R&R has the Maria João Pires recording of the Chopin Nocturnes. I listen to a great deal of piano music, but usually stopping around Schubert (by the way, Pires’s recording of the impromptus is one of my favourite versions); but this is revelatory — and ideal music for sitting on the verandah as the sun goes down at the end of a Bahamian day.
‘Started Early, Took My Dog’ … It’s been nagging away. I recognize that. But from where? Google to the rescue. But of course.
I started Early – Took my Dog –
And visited the Sea –
The Mermaids in the Basement
Came out to look at me –
Resolution: reread Emily Dickinson when I get home