Friday, 1 September 2017


Good Morning lovely people, tis Friday so what's been 

for the last seven days?

Well after the fabulous 'walk' on Kate's post last week and a comment that someone left about Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP), I realised that for those that haven't managed to visit it you probably don't get the scale of it, so I thought I would join in and take you through our trip last weekend back up there, this time with said 16 year old in tow!

So here we are setting off from the main car park and visitors centre, you head straight into a field that is often full of sheep. 

Looking back you can see the visitors' centre

There are maps dotted around the park like this one, you can see clearly the 'you are here' sticker.  This walk wasn't the full circular walk up to the Longside gallery but just along by the lake.

The map tells you that the time to walk the full Longside gallery route is about 1 hour 15 minutes, but with sculptures along the way it always takes us longer if we do the full walk! 

Heading down the sheep field, you can see some of the Henry Moore sculptures that are in permanent residence. 

Slightly closer shot as we walked. 

You can see further sculptures further over in the field. 

We continued down and headed left towards the estates original Chapel, which is now an art space.  Unfortunately it was closed due to a changeover in the exhibitions (think top of the Magic Faraway Tree and between lands and you'll understand where I'm coming from). 

However, I love the Iron Tree positioned outside by Ai Weiwei, so we went for a look.  This is the write up if you want to know a bit more. 

This is the chapel

and this is the tree - I love the colour! 

It's like having permanent Autumn colour no matter what!

We then continued down the field to the cascade bridge, through the gate and over this bridge which takes you over the original river

The waterfall the otherside always sounds amazing! 

Here is Mischief 1 and 2!

Looking back over the park - you can see the sheep and in the distance the original Bretton Hall 

We didn't go over the main Cascade bridge but decided to stay this side of the lake, we came across the David Nash piece entitled Black Mound from 2013, to say it's burnt wood it is looking pretty epic!

We continued along the path by the side of the lake, catching glimpses of the surrounding countryside. 

We found a brand new sculpture (for us anyway) by Jorgen Haugen Sorensen named Supplement til titiens Afskaffelse made from black granite.  It didn't seem particular ground breaking from a distance.

But up close the joints and the way it had been put together were fantastic and for my hubby who trained as an engineer, could see the feat of engineering and the craftsmanship, let alone the art!

You can just about make out the Jaume Plensa head on the opposite back about a third of the way in from the left hand side, next to the large tree. 

The strong sunlight plunged a lot of the surrounding landscape into silhouette through the lens. 

We went past another sculpture which are upturned Organ Pipes, but I find the story and the quotes a little depressing, so maybe not one for my rocking post.  At the far end of the lake, where the other bridge is there is a piece by James Capper, it always reminds me of said 16 year old's lego miners vehicles from when he was about 8, hubby said it reminds him of the grinding wheels they used on the channel tunnel.

Looking back down the lake from where we've come you can see Heron Island and how well the bullrushes have been doing this summer.  

We headed down the other side of the lake to show said 16 year old the Jaume Plensa head up close.  From the back it looks like a full head, but it is an illusion as it is incredibly flat, it is said that his inspiration was the relief work you find of people's heads on coins.

The tree it is sat next to is huge

With low hanging branches - Mischief 1 went to play further!

Back over the lake you can see the Hall, it was a private residency until recently, but work in the park indicate that it is being turned into a hotel, whilst half of me thinks this is brilliant (opportunity to stay in the park at night and to see inside the hall), the other half thinks its sad that the family home is no longer being used for its intended purpose.

These two surveying the land!

Before we headed back through the wood to the bridge, I loved these trees, a strong sense of Center Parcs when we walked between them!

This statue is now positioned near the second bridge, it is about 10 feet tall, so highly deceptive in the picture!

A family of swans with 4 sygnets were in the top lake when we returned.

We went back up into the park after we'd crossed the Deer Head Bridge.  The Anthony Gormley piece, quite happy up on its tree trunk

Zak Ove's Black and Blue: The Invisible Men and the Mask of Blackness stand in rows in the space formerly used by some of the huge Kaws pieces. 

Heading back up the path you can see the house just behind hubby.

And then the Magnificent Desolation near the house

With the Zodiac Heads by Ai Weiwei, opposite (I shared more detailed photos of these last week)

We wandered up towards the Camellia House (part of the original estate buildings)

Through the central car park

We walked up the fairly steep path, there were lots of people with picnics enjoying the summer sunshine

We could see the Miro sculptures at the top

Roger Hiorns - Seizure - the copper sulphate blue crystal flat was closed due to the excessive weather that we'd had a few days earlier.  

Tony Cragg's exhibition is about to finish 

Then we headed down towards the Underground gallery 

the Bothy Gallery is off up the path to the left

In front of the underground gallery

And up the steps to the visitors centre that we started at!

Hopefully that will give you a bit of perspective to the park, you could go every day for a week and go a different route and see different things for quite a while if I'm honest. 

And that was only about a 3 mile walk in total! 

So other smiles this week, a rather tired looking 16 year old with his exam present (I remember receiving money for my GCSE's, but we thought a new electric acoustic would be appreciated more)!

We also enjoyed a night out watching the ice hockey (well at £5 a ticket for this friendly match it seemed a shame not to). The only downside was the melting ice issue that prevented the third period starting on time, however, additional ice and a fire extinguisher, soon got it underway and a 5-4 win to the Steelers was a fab end to the night!

I've had a few days off work and I've thoroughly enjoyed not doing a lot it has to be said, I've scrapbooked (quite a bit).

I've managed to finish watching A Handmaid's Tale, a brilliant series a difficult watch at times but incredibly well acted.  So how do I feel about there being a series 2 - when you consider there was never a book 2 - I'm not sure, I'll let you know once I've seen it!

We enjoyed a dominos pizza one of the nights when the evening caught up with us and we weren't prepared with tea. 

We watched Unlocked on DVD, me and said 16 year old chose it, it turned out to be a good watch with a fair few twists and turns along the way.

A fabulous catch up with my cousin, putting the world to rights - always a pleasure! 

Buying a couple more frames for the garden and replacing some canes in the front garden. 

The violas are coming along a treat and said 16 year old was more than happy to drag the hose pipe out and water the garden both front and back for me the other night!

Modern Gardens magazine (I love this magazine). 

Time with said 16 year old, we haven't done much, but just downing tools and having a good chat has been awesome.  I think life as a 16 year old is much harder than ever it was when I was his age.  The trials and tribulations with social media really are an added pressure that I think most of them can do without! 

And that my lovely people is the epic write up for this week, give yourself a round of applause and a pat on the back if you are still here!  I hope you aren't too parched!  

If you fancy joining in pop a post together, pop back and link up so we can come and visit. 

Until next week


  1. what a week! Another friend visited the YSP for the first time this week and shared some sculptures I don't remember seeing here before, but she loved it too and will be going again too. Between the two of you, I should see everything each time things change! I love the David Nash - he had a season at Kew a few years back, it was amazing.

  2. I loved seeing all the sculptures. I'm really sorry we couldn't come up your way to see those places in real life. Sculptures just want to be seen in 3d and touched, walked around etc. But hey, next year we shall come again and it will be top of the list.
    El-acoustic guitar! Fab! My hubby has one and uses nothing else now. Well done Said 16 yr old!
    Have a good week,

  3. A great post Virginia. I thoroughly enjoyed walking around with you. What a vast space. You certainly need several visits to take it all in. I love some pieces and not others, but like you, I found the iron tree very interesting as was the explanation of it.
    The lad looks very happy with his new guitar. i hope he gets lots of pleasure using it. Enjoy your week. Kate x

  4. Thoroughly exhausted by your tour thanks lol, but smiling all the way round :D. Glad you finely found time to just chill XXX

  5. Fab post and i'my glad you have so many positives to write about x

  6. Stunning photos and beautiful LOs Virginia.
    Toni xx