It’s that time of year again.

Beetroots are ready as well as windfall apples.  Early morning brewing and making marinated beetroot just go together.

Yesterday we went to  Yorkshire Sculpture Park near Wakefield.  There’s an excellent exhibition of David Nash’s sculpture.  It would normally be called a retrospective, except that there was a lot of new work and three massive butts called work in progress. I got really ‘in’ to his work:

First heard of him from Roger Deakin’s book “Wild Wood”  although David has been working since the seventies and there was a vast range of his work from very early work to very recent.  MASSIVE outdoor and indoor columns:

And small cars fit for toys for children.  Some fabulously inspiring work where greenwood works exploit the natural movement of wood as it dries and shrinks rather than fighting it or seeing it as a problem, which I spend a lot of time on at present.

YSP is a great place that we keep on coming back to over the years.  There is a big collection of Yorkshire’s own Henry Moore’s pieces set amidst an open landscape, as well as Antony Gormley, Andy Goldsworthy and many others.  The park is big, so accommodates lots of visitors well, although, it being wet yesterday, not too busy for our visit.  We had a good picnic outdoors between showers (at a rather ordinary PAR picnic bench) and managed a decent walk about too.  Took the bus to the Longside Gallery on the other side of the valley.  In there a lot of Nash’s work is collected, meant to be reminiscent of his Welsh workshop (but a little tidier from some of the photos I’ve seen).

These spoons caught my eye.

This is the Garden Gallery, I like the rolling indoor path and the mixture of wood and stone.  There is also a very muted colour scheme of white and grey that really lets the exhibits speak for themselves.

If you can – GO!

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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.