What a great place for an afternoon out, Yorkshire Sculpture Park at Bretton Hall. Even found an oversized froe:
There was some stunning marble sculpture work by Peter Randall Page.
Some were outside, and there were lots inside (no photography!)
Well worth a visit, and I’m looking forward to the exhibition of David Nash’s work from May 2010. Amazingly solid sculptures in wood like this:
We’ve also been taking a leisurely look at my other favourite, brewing:
This is a Yorkshire Square fermentation vessel at Black Sheep Brewery at Masham, N Yorkshire. It’s a traditional method of fermentation developed in The West Riding of Yorkshire, using slate slabs and a separate floor near the top where the yeast head collects and then is sprayed with the fermenting beer once an hour. The old part of the brewery is in the kilning area of a former maltsters:
After Masham we drove down to Lotherton Hall near Leeds. An intriguing Edwardian furnished mansion. This piece especially caught my eye, way out of period being 16th century, but much easier on the eye than e.g. the sycamore inlaid grand piano:
There was a pair of really good stools the like of which I’ve never seen before:
Deeply dished seat and three curved legs through tenonned into the seat which was cunningly much thicker in the middle underneath. Looks really comfortable, but sadly no chance of trying it out without leather trousers as protection.