OK, day off again yesterday, where did we go, what did we see?
We went somewhere dark,and warm, where a 30 second exposure is needed to capture the scene.
It was here:
Inside this shed:
Those heaps in the field are the waste product from this ancient process –
Yes, 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:
Beautiful 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:
Although it’s quite dark in the sheds a 30 second exposure revelas the extent of this seasonal crop:
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:
We saw some very fancy spacemen by Yinka Shonibare floating around their tin can
Even the cafe with its blocks of subtle colour changes looked like a work of art:
We had sandwiches in the car before we went in! Cheap skates.
Out of doors we saw some chunky Miro:
And more Yinka Shonibare
An iron door to nowhere
And a new Gormley which changes colour!
Altogether a Grand Yorkshire Day Out.