Friday, 13 April 2018

Rocking Your World Friday - 15th of 2018

Good Morning lovely people tis Friday time for 

So first up was this lovely glut of magazines, sometimes you just want a good read, but not in book format, so you can imagine my delight when I managed to get several magazines to enjoy last Friday night and over the weekend.  

Next up my new solar lights in the garden, now did I intend on them looking like Christmas trees when we attached them to the back - nope - do I think they look like Christmas trees now - yep - have I considered buying a star for the top of each one - well what do you think! 

Next up a trip to Yorkshire Sculpture Park for a little primary source gathering for said 17 year old and his girlfriend!

First up Roger Hiorns piece of art known as 'Seizure' a bedsit flat from the Elephant and Castle area in London, encased in concrete filled with a chemical composition and copper sulphate, left, drained and left again to see the growth of these fantastic blue crystals.  Unlike when we first visited you are now allowed to take photos inside the tiny space - how fantastic does it look!

So very very blue

Next up the Revolt and Revolutions exhibition in the Bothy Galley, fitting nicely with said 17 year old and his girlfriend's final major project for year one, with the subject of 'Connections, protest and time'

I loved the mosaic safety pin

And the all white chess set was very powerful and thought provoking

The placards, which have provided several inspired art pieces by said 17 year old, this week since our visit

and this textile wall hanging by a local group of Chilean migrants, documenting their lives

Back outside we went to see the Alfredo Jaar exhibition, there were no photos allowed in the underground gallery but the piece outside around black sites was available to photograph. 

My soulmate being mischievous, he was hiding between the trees!

And then the main reason for the visit Chiharu Shiota - Beyond Time exhibition in the Chapel - simply breathtaking!

Me and him in a typical day out - can't really tell where we are but we are having fun - selfie

You could walk up to the balcony to see the installation even better

We all loved the piano it almost appeared like a sketch!

Said 17 year old trying to get the perfect shot!

Hubby got some shots with his camera too

And then back outside with Ai Wei Wei's Iron Tree

The waterfall was ferocious after all the rain we had had. 

So it was a fab weekend, despite it being very overcast and grey, it was good to spend time together and enjoy the great outdoors. 

The rest of the week has been something of a quiet affair if I'm honest, I've been just tootling over recent weeks, taking stock, making plans, adjusting life, it's just starting to come back into focus which is nice and I think I'm almost at the point where I can pick things back up and crack on. 

On Tuesday evening (I think it was Tuesday) I arrived home to a surprise delivery containing these beauties - who knew you could order flowers through the post.  They came as a farewell gift from my work colleagues and were very very unexpected.  They've made a lovely display in the window, some bright positive colour in Spring time which is just what we need. 

I also had a final meeting for a handover this week, trying to explain my job together with 20 year's experience in a 2 hour meeting proved - well impossible.  Hopefully I gave her enough heads up so she could make a dent on things.  For me it is time to move on and use my skills and knowledge in new ways.  I'm looking forward to a new challenge and to achieve a better work life balance.  For those that have picked up on my melancholy tone on this post over recent weeks, I apologise profusely it has been quite a tough few months, but sometimes it is time to let things go and this is one of those occasions, thank you for your thoughts, comments and patience I promise they will regain a more upbeat tone as things start to right themselves more. 

A fabulous parents' evening at college for said 17 year old, the boy done good, they are more than happy with the work he is creating and gave us a few pointers to help him on this front, but overall a great meeting with some really positive inspiring people. 

Other positives recently,  sitting and chatting on the bed with hubby, sometimes we go through life and seem to not connect, but when we sit and chat with a cuppa it really helps sort things out - one of my favourite things to do. 

Making some lovely homemade meals this week, salmon and panzanella last night was lovely and that my lovely people is your lot for this week, I hope you've had a fabulous week, if you fancy joining in then pop a post together pop back and link up so we can come and visit. 


  1. Your posts are always uplifting..even when you area little stressed.We feel it, but are honoured that you still find the sunshine we may have missed. Glad your finding a new sense of balance in your life...look out World Virginia is free lol

  2. Wow, wow and wow again! Those art works in the Sculpture Park are amazing. Of course Seisure is fascinating for me as a geologist. The crystals, the colour, it is beautiful. I also like the piano with the papers floating out. That is so amazing. I also like the mosaic safety pin, and the metal tree. Thanks for showing us those beautiful art works.
    When I read last week that you had made decisions, I hadn't figured that you were going to leave your job. So that came as a surprise. The flowers are lovely. Have you still got your other job?
    It's great to hear said 17 yr old is doing so well in his course. It's also so good that his gril friend is doing the same course. That way they have a lot in common.
    Ha ve great weekend and a good week with lots of smiles,

  3. So glad to hear you being a bit more upbeat Virginia. I hadn't realised you were giving up your job. That must have been a wrench after so long, but i hope it is a positive move for you.
    I liked this week's 'cultural visit' this week, more than some of the others. The beyond time exhibition is particularly interesting. I also like the iron tree. I do love to see and hear a waterfall in full flood. The latent power of it is so exciting.
    You flowers are beautiful. I have a soft spot for any daisy-type flowers and those marigolds are such a vibrant colour. Just what you needed to cheer you up.
    So I hope you have a good week now as you sort out the path ahead. Kate x