Friday, 23 September 2016


Good morning lovely people and we find ourselves once more at Friday - in the blink of an eye - time to reflect and find the positives and silver linings from the last seven days! 

Well first grateful is to Gina who shared a post about the Whispering Woods open air theatre at Yorkshire Sculpture Park and after a very hectic week overall and no creative outlet, this was just what I needed. 

So me and hubby headed up to YSP last Friday evening to enjoy the same (said 16 year old didn't fancy it) 

We found a new sculpture and grabbed a cuppa before the entertainment began

We were treated to a story and acrobatics in the trees using various equipment from silks to ropes! 

A torchlit meander around the sculpture park which looks so very different at night! 

We had such a lovely evening and it really was the icing on the cake meeting the lovely Gina who I knew through her blog 
that I happened across quite some time ago (we also got to meet her hubby and son). Gina is a fantastic story teller and crafter in her own right, to finally meet her in person - was quite simply awesome!  

Saturday was a busy day around the house, but the balance was to have a day out on Sunday - this time with my sister and my niece at Chatsworth exploring the Beyond Limit sculptures.

We managed to see all 19 of them, although there were a group of 3 that were very similar and loved all of them, we also enjoyed the company and the blue skies! 

So I thought I'd share the sculptures, I liked this one as the artist likes to work with the stone and bring out its natural characteristics 

I liked this - although the kids (said 16 year old and niece) weren't so keen

The sensory garden has this fantastic statue, showing the final embrace of two lovers before the male sets off to war - never to return - incredibly sad I'm sure you will agree.  I love how her windswept hair wraps itself around the soldier!

Said 16 year old was giddy to finally see this working, its a permanent water feature that every time he has gone has not been working, it closes up after filling with water, then the water pours out of the base and the flower opens before refilling! 

Here we are enjoying the water feature!

At the bottom of the cascade was this lovely sculpture - rather voluptuous I'm sure you'll agree!

Near the rock garden we found this creature - not sure I'm too keen

And then the fruit cake sculpture - although how that works when the bottom of it looks like pretzels I'm not sure

By this point said niece had demanded an ice cream - we gave her two warnings 
1 - Don't scream when approached by wasps
2 - Don't get it on the white (yes I repeat white) pinafore dress that she was wearing 

Well she managed the first one!  

Thankfully my sister had come fully prepared with anti bac gel and tissues so it was fairly easy to resolve but really - 17 year olds what can I say! 

I loved the contrast between the cupcake and the background, despite it being photo-bombed by strangers!

We were treated to the fantastic song of this beautiful little fellow!

Before going into the formal pond area and looking at the three similar sculptures, which are also seats (not that we could sit on them this time). 

Whilst we were around the pond we spotted dragonflies flying quickly around the same - thankfully hubby's photography skills were better than our feeble attempts on our phones! 

This was another sculpture - we think we've seen the artist's work before - it wasn't my favourite but I appreciated the vibrant colour! 

And then this - well the artist certainly had a sense of humour and before you ask it was about 10 feet tall and yes it is a gherkin

Catching up with my sister was fantastic

And exploring areas of the garden we don't normally get to was fun too

We walked past a pile of these beautiful redwood logs - isn't nature awesome

Before find this sculpture at the top of the hundred steps

And then discovering this tree and yes it was still alive!

We also saw this tree - can you see the lady - me and my sister spotted her straight away

and then hubby got inside the hollow tree and got this awesome shot!

We ventured up to the grotto garden and found this sculpture (which is not part of the Beyond Limits sculptures)

and neither is this awesome fellow!

We wandered over to the maze - which always reminds me of Alice in Wonderland! 

Before heading over to this sculpture which reflects whatever is around it - which obviously included us, as well as showing what looked like a woodland display inside the doorway!

My favourite sculpture - named Tear - which I shared a few weeks ago

This was tai-chi arch 

And this one reminded us of something out of sci-fi film

The lady at the end of the lake

And the lake with the infinity symbol sculptures floating on the surface, some of them had been tipped up and there was the addition of a fishing rod and bird kite since we were last at Chatsworth - so we are assuming heavy birds have been landing on these floating sculptures and tipping them up

I loved how tear inverted the image more than once

And then the huge sculpture near the house, which apparently lights up at night - so we didn't really see it at its best during the day!

We got closer to the house than normal so took this shot

And that brought us back to the beginning

We were grateful for an easy trip down to Chatsworth and back and the great company in the day.

The rest of the week has been a blur of three jobs at the moment and multiple work sites but I had a good day on Monday training in York and then today training in Sheffield.  I'm grateful that hubby helped me get to relevant public transport to help sort these days out, I'm grateful for a working computer and I'm grateful I've got some ideas to fall back on when it comes to managing stress levels.

Gina asked me last week how I managed to fit everything in, I didn't realise that we did so much as it were - I thought everyone's lives were as crazy mad as ours - apparently not.  I think I'm scared of missing out on something before I get to the end of this ride called life - so for now I'll carry on full tilt ahead!

I hope you've had an awesome week, if you fancy joining in pop a post together, pop back, link up (leave me a comment - brain like a sieve) and we can come and visit!

Friday, 16 September 2016


Good morning lovely people, tis Friday - time for 

Well another week has disappeared in the blink (literally) of an eye!

So what has this week got to say for itself.

Well I was busy at my third job last Friday, so by the time I got home the idea of venturing far (we were going to head to Chatsworth) - really didn't appeal!

So we headed to the local shopping centre for a wander for an hour or two, just chilling and relaxing.  Saturday was jobs around the house and Sunday we invited peeps over as it was mine and said 15 year old's birthday midweek - so we had a pre-birthday get together!

Said 15 year old decided to find 44 candles for my cake - we almost needed the fire brigade

and before you ask I blew them all out in one go and made a wish! 

Said 15 year old's cake was a lot easier to sort - although to be perfectly honest I really can't recommend the crunchie cake - just a bit sickly! 

And just to prove here he is in shot with my sister, niece and Mum in the background singing! 

Monday I was at my new office so my first grateful is that someone moved all the boxes on Friday - the fact I couldn't see my desk for boxes or the fact that the computers didn't work, I couldn't get access to the finance drive, sage or payroll but I could read emails - just not print any of them!  The journey in wasn't much fun either - nor was the one home - I'm hoping things improve (rapidly) but I am grateful that someone moved all the boxes on Friday! 

Tuesday was my actual birthday and I'd taken the day off with hubby! 

We went to Sheffield to find elephants.  The Sheffield Herd have been around all summer and are set to leave early October so this was going to be my one main chance to see them.  I'd downloaded the app and was scanning the QRL codes as we went so we could see how many we had found.  They are raising money for the children's hospital with them.  

I love how very different they all were, however I was sad to note some numpties had been sitting on some of them and some of them had been damaged as a result - sigh!  Maybe a higher plinth next time!  

On one of the elephants there was this graphic design - I think he's super cute! 

This one was fun because it was two different patterns and colours on each side

Side 1 

Side 2 

We found some fabulous graffiti as well when we were trundling around.  This is near the Art House

Some were just patterned - I loved the vibrant colours

More awesome graffiti!

I adored this piece on the side of the building - it was really high! 

We also admired the hoardings around the new build its a shame that they don't keep them afterwards!

This was probably our favourite elephant by far

And here is her name up close

And me and hubby taking a selfie with her

We even ventured to the railway station where we found this one 

and this one

(other side) outside the train station

I'd never seen all the water features outside of the railway station - it reminded me of Alnwick!

We even found one inside the train station!

I loved this poem on the outside of Sheffield Hallam University!

And this elephant had an engine inside of her

This one was supposed to be reminiscent of the camouflage used on 2nd World War boats

And this one was based on the work of the artist Matisse

Ah here is the elephant that I shared the close earlier (I couldn't find her)

I loved the snooker one - now inside the Crucible theatre

But I think this was my favourite from the day - outside the Cathedral

As we neared the City Hall we spotted the new statue commemorating the women who worked in the factories, particularly the munitions ones during the first and second world war - duly called Women of Steel

Then we headed off for a meet up with my brother and his girlfriend and my Mum, unfortunately we had such a lovely time - but completely forgot to take photos! 

Wednesday and said 15 year old - officially became said 16 year old - I can't believe its 16 years since he was born, where does the time fly! 

He was not amused at having to go to school but had gifts before he went and saved some for when he got home.  We didn't quite hit the mark with the gifts this year - too many additions to wishlists that even we didn't understand, but we've managed to resolve now - so all is good! 

We went out for a bar meal (which was lovely) and then chilled out for what was left of the evening.  So a busy week overall and tiring - ready for the weekend! 

If you fancy joining in pop a blog post together, mention the rocking post, come back and link up and leave a comment (because I sometimes forget to check if its not a Friday) and we shall come and visit!