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Sunday, 20 May 2018

David has a makeover

Hello and Good Morning. The sun has got his hat on, he's coming out today, the sun has got his hat on,  hip hip hip hip hooray. Poor David is looking a bit jaded, he's been standing there for a long long time in the corner of my garden. Methinks he needs a makeover, a bit of tarting up. Stand him on a small table so I don't have to bend down too far. Boy is he HEAVY. Careful not to do my back in. 
Looks lovely now. An all over coat of off white emulsion to cover up the dirt. He needs some clothes. I think a skinny t-shirt and a pair of skimpy trunks would show off his muscular bod. Have you seen the new craze of wearing nothing else apart from body paint, and walking down the street to test people's reaction? Looks like a lot of fun to me. I thought about sticking a lump of plaster on his doodaah to hide it, but then I thought, nah, let it all hang out. I might put a skirt on him for the Open Day, in case people are a bit delicate about such matters.

A look in the scrap jewelry box for some neck adornment.

What do you think of the makeup then? Don't think I would get a job in a beauty parlour. Believe it or not I used to do make up demonstrations for a well known cosmetics company. I was a bit crap at it, ha ha.

Thank you to the kind reader who sent me a pressie of a gift card for my birthday. I have put it to good use, I was about to run out of my favourite face cream. This is one of the cheaper ones, some of the Olay range are expensive, HOW MUCH. This is on offer at one of the discount stores, buy one get one free, so I got one of each, day and night cream. Now I am waiting for my wrinkles to disappear, yes and pigs might fly, ha ha.

Before I go, a quick reminder, we haven't many photos in from the Walking Group. To go into the prize draw for a goody bag they must be in my email box by 12 noon on the 31st of May Email address on the sidebar. Thank you.

Right, I'm off, work to do in the garden. Enjoy your Sunday, whatever you are doing. Thanks for popping in, we'll catch up soon.
Toodle pip

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Last pics from Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Hello. That was one humdinger of a wedding wasn't it, what a happy day for everyone. 
As promised I have a few more pics from my visit to the Sculpture Park on Wednesday. This is called Black and Blue : The Invisible Men and the Masque of Blackness. the artist is Zak Ove. There are 80 sculptures set out in straight rows, 10 x 8. Have a look at the YSP web site for more information, there is a short video. It finishes on the 3rd of June. 

If you have ever tried to untangle a ball of string take a look at this instillation by the artist Chiharu Shiota. Huge bales of string were brought in to make this. The Chapel is the perfect setting for it. The string had to be wound into smaller balls which were then thrown over wires suspended across the space high up, almost into the ceiling. It was then woven into a massive spiders web filling the whole room.

It was just fabulous. The video on the YSP web site tells of how it came about. Well worth a look.

Outside the Chapel is Ai Weiwei's Iron Tree. It's been here for a while., I've seen it before. Have a look at this page, lots of photo's from 2014.

Time for me to move on and leave the park and go for a little bimble. I headed off down a footpath and through a wood, and did a circular walk back to the car to finish the day off.

It was a lovely day out. I called in Tesco just after 7pm but they hadn't yet put the last yellow sticker on. I picked up a few items but didn't want to hang around, I wanted to get home.

It's been a lovely day today, sunny and hot, just right for a wedding. I have mowed the lawn, now I'm going out to do my walk. Thanks for popping in, we'll catch up soon.
Toodle pip

Today's the day.

Hello. I'm finally getting excited about the wedding, watching it live on Sky. After all the drama of recent weeks, I hope it all goes well for the happy couple. I'll be back later. Toodle pip

Friday, 18 May 2018

More pics from Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Hello again all you arty fans. I'm glad to see you are back for some more pics. I was walking through the lovely Sculpture Park and in the distance I saw what looked like a cartoon film show in the distance. Intrigued I had to have a closer look. People were walking very briskly across the grass, oh hang on, they are not real people. There was a large screen between the trees with figures marching across in both directions. Made me smile, I like the way it is in contrast to the surroundings. Took me about ten shots to get some pics, they walk so quickly.

Two figures crossing each other going in the opposite direction. 

This is a very large installation, Ai Wei Wei's Circle of Animals. Cast in bronze and standing three metres high. Twelve bronze heads representing the traditional Chinese Zodiac. There is more information about them on the YSP web site. The park setting is the ideal place to appreciate their uniqueness.

There is a short film of them being installed at Somerset House in London. It's amazing to think that these heads have been all around the world, and now we are able to see them in Yorkshire. They have  already been here a year, and it's due to finish in June 2019.

As well as the sculptures, the gardens are also nice to stroll through. The perfume from these yellow flowers was divine, I had to linger for a few minutes.

One of the galleries is quite a long walk through the park to the other side. There are two paths to the Longside Gallery, through a field of cows, they were curious but fine to walk through, and a steep wooded area. I went up through the cows and back down through the wood. Met this BIG chap on the way, he didn't take any notice of me, he was busy checking his mobile phone.

The views looking back towards the main complex.

I didn't stay long at the gallery, the Exhibition entitled 'In My Shoes and the Self Since the 1990's' didn't float my boat, mainly self portrait photographs, not interesting to me.

A walk back through the woods, passing Andy Goldsworthy's Hanging Trees which I've seen before, there are some pictures of it on a previous post. Back over the Cascade Bridge.

Have you fallen asleep yet, ha ha. Still more pics to come, so I'll stop now and come back tomorrow.

Thanks for popping in, we'll catch up soon.
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Thursday, 17 May 2018

Pics from Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Hello. I'm back in circulation, thanks for all your kind messages, I had a lovely Birthday day out at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Combined with some extra walking I did seven miles. Not a lot but there was so much to stop and see. The 80 plus sculptures are spread over 500 acres. I had already seen some of them on previous visits, but there are new ones which I wanted to see. 
I parked in the village of West Bretton, which is a 15 minute walk to the park. The village Hall has a big car park, make a donation if you like. Parking is a bit expensive inside the park, and if you are on a timed ticket it means you have to get back to your car within the time you paid for. Not good if you want to mooch around uninterrupted. 
There are a lot of photo's so I'm going to split them up. This sculpture is just outside the main building.
This exhibit does not officially open until the 26th, but as it is in the open air the ground has been prepared in advance and the sculpture secured to the ground. Very difficult to get good clear photo's of the detail when it is so big, and against the sky. It looks like a broken and dying tree, but it is made from cast iron. Where the 'wood' splits, the centre has been painted a gold/copper colour.

It really does look amazing from a distance.

I've gooooglied the artists name and found this interesting video on yoootooob. It's not about this tree, but shows how a similar tree is constructed, an earlier sculpture. It also shows how it is moved from factory to the site. Of course I am fascinated by how large abnormal loads are transported.

I don't know anything about the artist who designed these apples, but I like anything a bit quirky.

Bretton Hall is closed at the moment, but I crept up as close as I could to take this photo. The flowers alerted my attention.

Now it is lunch time. I had a visitor this morning, Helen dropped by to give me some things for the cat stall, and some pillows which I will turn into cushions for the church, eventually....when I have a few minutes to spare, ha ha.

Thanks for popping in, I'll post some more pics tomorrow.
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Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Walkies . . . . . . . PS added.

Hello. Ten Anon comments in overnight, all zapped, all junk. I'm going out now, I'll tell you about it later. Happy Birthday me. xxxx
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PS. Just to say thank you for all the Happy Birthdays. I've had a very nice time at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. It didn't rain, and was quite warm in the afternoon. I have lots of photo's, but I'm struggling to stay awake now, so I'll say Goodnight and see you tomorrow. 

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Wot i did yesterday

Hello. I had a trip across town yesterday to pick up flea treatment at the vet. On the way back I called in at Morrisons, a place I don't shop very often. I have noticed that some of the regular things I buy are a bit more expensive there. However, as I was passing the door I thought it might be worth a look for some yellow stickers as it was about 5pm. 
I found a few. Would anybody pay £1.92 for 20 blackberries? Not me, but I would pay 20p. Ten on my porridge this morning, and the rest for tomorrow.  
Lucky find, asparagus 20p, mushrooms 10p.

A sweet treat, 25p and 10p, perfect.

Other items I found were milk 13p, courgettes 12p, teacakes 25p, cheesey sandwich filler 35p, pancakes filled with cottage cheese 39p, wholemeal loaf 25p. That will save a few bob, don't need to go to Aldi now.

I took my scrap wood to the tip, there was a man on duty who I haven't seen before so I had a chat. I put some plastics in the general waste skip and said oooh, look at this, and held up a pink piece of fabric, it looks like a childs clothes rail cover. I said what a shame to throw this away. He said I could have it. I said what about the cameras, I don't want to get into trouble. He said, they won't be bothered about that, take it, so I did. Isn't it pretty.

I called in at a little garden centre yesterday as well, not a big fancy one, but a small family business. I have bought a few plants that now need re potting or putting into the beds. So that's the next job to do.

Carol at Crafty Club was asking about the vinyl I sometimes use, have I got any more, and can I get some. I paid a visit to the man who makes covers for market stalls to see if there were any offcuts. He dived in the bin for me and got some out. Not a lot, mainly orange and black, but he said I could go back again for more.

I've been to town this morning a few things I wanted to do. I had a look at the new refurbished library and I must say I didn't like it much. Had to ask where the arts and crafts books were because there are no labels above the shelves. The building has also been taken over by other organisations, community groups and suchlike. The books are now all on one floor where as before it was fiction downstairs and non fiction upstairs. There are lots of small interview rooms on the ground floor, and big open spaces in the library. Not impressed, I filled out the comment form.

Anyway, I'm off outside now to re pot the plants and mow the lawns. Thanks for popping in, we'll catch up soon.
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