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!