After what seems like weeks of grey days, torrential rain and an air of unending depression it was nice to get up on Christmas morning to see beautiful blue sky and the sun rising in the East.
So where can I go to make the most of this wonderful day? The obvious choice is the Yorkshire Sculpture Park at West Bretton, about a 20 minute drive from my homes.
The only problem is that the park is officially shut on Christmas day, barriers are down and gates are locked so “technically” the public are not allowed in!
However, having visited on Christmas days in the past I know it is possible to “affect” an entrance between some metal railings to gain entrance to the park. I was not the only one with this idea as there were a number of people in the country park when I got there, obviously having entered “unofficially.”
Many of my favourite sculptures are still there including the giant rabbit, the row of giant chairs and the Anthony Gormley “man on top of a tree” which I have featured extensively in previous blogs about the park.
The lake is currently being reduced in water volume as the local authority is planning some major renovation in 2015 but even so, it is still a beautiful sight and a wander along the banks produces untold delights in the range of wild animals and birds that are in residence. The most imposing sight is the island with the “heronry” and the numerous nests can now be clearly seen as the trees are bare.
Walking back up to the information centre one is provided with stunning views across the lake and the valleys and in the foreground are dotted a variety of sculptures by Henry Moor (which must be worth thousands of pounds!).
I made my way through a flock of very healthy looking sheep and took a number of photographs as they seemed intent on posing for me.
As I made my way along the road towards the exit I came across a road sign which someone had “doctored”…………I am sure that Ed Milliband will be glad to know that he is held in such high esteem in West Yorkshire!
So, a wonderful morning spent at the YSP and no doubt many more visits to come in the New Year.