Monthly Archives: February 2013

Big stool flattened

You may remember this hazel coppice stool I’ve spent ages taking down:

SAMSUNG CSCWell yesterday, I finally cut it back to the level where we expect basal shoots to grow.

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It took quite some work with the chain saw to get it flattened. I would not have liked to approach this job without it. I had to have a sharpening session halfway through as the stool had started self-rooting higher up:

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Luckily there were no stones embedded in there.  I had to cut horizontally and then cut vertically down to take off manageable chunks, quite a few times:

SAMSUNG CSCYou can see the higher rooting on that shot.

Got rather a stack of material out of it, some is even useable for other than logs and charcoal making.  Sold a set of poles for a rustic garden arch yesterday.

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Rhubarb,rhubarb, rhubarb.

OK, day off again yesterday, where did we go, what did we see?

SAMSUNG CSCWe went somewhere dark,and warm, where a 30 second exposure is needed to capture the scene.

It was here:

 

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SAMSUNG CSCThose heaps in the field are the waste product from this ancient process –

SAMSUNG CSCYes, we were in the mysterious Rhubarb Triangle.  Crowns of rhubarb are dug up (about 14,220 in the shed we visited first) and kept warm, dark and moist  and the result is this:

SAMSUNG CSCBeautiful pink rockets of fibreless forced rhubarb, a vegetable we use as a sweet, much celebrated and used by posh chefs, as well as me and thee.

The sheds are lit only by candlelight to encourage the rapid growth:

SAMSUNG CSCAlthough it’s quite dark in the sheds a 30 second exposure revelas the extent of this seasonal crop:

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We bought a couple of packs of the forced jewels as well as a crown/root of the variety Timperely Early which crops twice in a season out-of-doors, which is how we grow it.

We then went on to one of our favourite haunts, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, where there is always a feast for the eyes, even by just looking out of the gallery through the windows:

SAMSUNG CSC SAMSUNG CSC SAMSUNG CSCWe saw some very fancy spacemen by Yinka Shonibare floating around their tin can

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We had sandwiches in the car before we went in!  Cheap skates.

Out of doors we saw some chunky Miro:

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And more Yinka Shonibare

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An iron door to nowhere

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And a new Gormley which changes colour!
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Altogether a Grand Yorkshire Day Out.