Where have all the years gone, time has whizzed by so quickly, so now I have to admit that yesterday was the day for the big Seven O! When I was twenty, I thought people of 70 were ancient, now I know that they definitely are not! For one of my birthday presents our daughter sent us to a sculpture park in Dorset, Sculpture by the Lakes. Booking ahead is necessary as they only allow a few in at a time, so that you can enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the place, just one other family were there the same time as us.
All the sculptures are the work of the very talented sculptor Simon Gudgeon, the ones in the gallery are smaller but this pheasant at the entrance was much bigger than me.
The park is laid out as a series of paths round various lakes with paths mown through natural planting. The bronze sculptures are to be found placed along the paths, they varied in size enormously, mostly very large and were absolutely wonderful, you certainly needed a large setting to show them to advantage, like these Roe deer beside the stream in a woodland setting.
We could see this one from some distance away, here it is nicely framed by trees which formed a tunnel.
Close to, Isis is really beautiful, so tactile, you just have to stroke it, but she is huge, 5 metres tall.
In fact I found myself stroking a lot of them, the patination just called out for it.
While sitting by the pool, there was an almighty splash, so we think it must have been a salmon or trout, it was too quick for us to see, unlike this one frozen in time.
While standing on one of their bridges we saw this quotation just under the water of the lake.
Another falcon was soon being admired. The sculptor gets most of his inspiration from the area here round the house, which must attract of lot of wildlife.
On one of the islands was Eve, we could have got a little rowing boat to the island, if we had, we would have seen Adam and the Fallen Apples.
I liked this one a lot, probably because this is the sort of thing that I would carve in wood. Who knows, I might have a go in the winter!
A very large sculpture about half way round the lake, called Embrace. I thought it was a very pleasing shape, but I didn’t like the tiny bits of bedding plants surrounding it in the gravel, what do you think?
The River Frome (rhymes with prune) runs through the garden, in spite of our recent hot, dry spell it was quite full and running fast.
I thought I ought to photograph some flowers as this is supposed to be a gardening blog! These iris are on the banks of the River Frome.
Duel is a sculpture of two fighting cock pheasants, once again the birds were higher than me, so the whole sculpture stands very tall.
Another chance to sit in the sun with a beautiful view, the reflection adds to the sculpture.
The Greek for Crane is Geranos, which is where cranesbill or geranium comes from. This is why they have under planted it with hardy geraniums, I think it will look a lot better when they have grown a bit.
Two very large heads standing side by side, one male and one female, staring at the sun, searching for enlightenment, it is to be hoped that they found it.
Another quote just under the level of the water, this time in an ornamental pond, I think I am the sort of person that feels the rain, how about you?
Almost finished now, into the garden of the house where it becomes more formal, this sculpture shows two ravens, again taller than me, I had to look up to the birds.
Into Pippin’s Garden. Pippin was a much loved lurcher and this garden was created in her memory and the hares are there to guard her.
A lovely patch of Ragged robin to end on before we went for lunch nearby. In the afternoon we visited a garden, of course, but I will save that for next time. Many, many thanks to our daughter for a wonderful morning at the sculpture park, I really enjoyed it.