Today, I had a real treat – a visit to Yorkshire Sculpture Park, which is currently host to a number of Andy Goldsworthy installations.

It was absolutely magical. Standing before his huge wall of leaf stems I had shivers running down my spine. Surrounded by his cracked mud-walls, I was glowing, this was the real thing!

Sculpture parks can be incredibly dull, and I must admit, many of the permanent installations at YSP don’t interest me in the slightest. But Andy’s work really connects with me, perhaps because it so strongly rooted in nature.

Here’s a few photos I took today. We’ll start with an Andy Goldsworthy piece (most were not photographable!).

leaf

spying on the cow


Wall in focus


the nose


the cage


running away from mummy and daddy who are shouting at me


llama pose

walkies

We had a pretty dramatic coach crash on the way back. Us passengers were OK, poor woman in front got whiplash, and the dog in the back went into shock. I think I would too if the back of the car collapsed on me.

It’s been a great weekend. My business presentation yesterday to a group of 35 or so went down a real treat, despite my having prepared nothing but a few bullet points. I guess that’s what happens when you speak from the heart. It’s funny, I don’t know why, but public speaking is something that I’m increasingly attracted to.

Crikey, so much has changed in me since I started university in 2004. These days really are the best days of my life …so far!

It’s a real shame *Twinkle* is so far away. I want to share this excitement with her.

I’m so so happy to be ‘here‘.