Hey, it’s been a while! I have no excuse, but I was thinking about wood related blog posts while out and about!
I have been snapping pictures as I went, and I’d like to share some of them with you – not only has it been gorgeous weather here in West Yorkshire but we’re also surrounded by some beautiful British countryside and parks. A great combination! Ironically, I’m writing this to the patter of rain on the windows.
First up is one of my favourite places to go for a wander after work – Golden Acre Park. Grass, trees, sunshine and wildlife! It’s near to Otley, and is a series of walks that take you through landscaped parkland, rough mud paths and a boggy wildlife park. This is the first time I’ve ever seen a woodpecker. It was pretty special. I have it on Google’s authority that it’s a Great Spotted Woodpecker. The woodland around there is beautiful and serene – lots of interesting fungi all over the trees. I don’t know why, but fungi always seem to make woodland feel more magical.
Next up is the Otley Chevin. It’s right on our doorstep, but I don’t get up there as often as I’d like. The views across the town are gorgeous, the buildings and lakes spread out close enough to see but far enough away to be impressively small. They even call the highest point “Surprise View”, which tickles me for some reason. But, these pictures are from a diversion we took by the White House.
There’s a patch of grass dedicated to these carvings of warped instruments. A lot of them are half completed so someone must be in the middle of a project up there – I wonder where they’ll end up? Looks like they’re being carved in wood cut from the local trees.
Aha, the Humber Bridge! 1.38 mile long suspension bridge near to Hull on the East Coast. It was the longest of it’s kind when it opened in 1981 – it got beaten in ’98 by Japan’s Akashi Kaiko bridge. It’s a couple of years older than I am but still going strong!
The walk across gives some cool views of the bridge reaching across to the other side. It was really windy, so we could feel the whole structure vibrate! Also, slightly entranced by the waters of the Humber – because of all the mud swilling around the water all the way along was a deliciously smooth chocolate milkshake brown.
Almost next door to the bridge itself is a little nature park filled with these chainsaw carvings. Some of the artists were at work in the park, but on lunch… so no peeks of them wielding powertools. I love the carvings in the bottom two pictures. They’d set up trays made from lengths of roughly chopped wood to lay out bird seed and fruit on, which these are a part of.
Finally, everyone needs a little adventure in their lives… Pirate Adventure Golf at Xscape in Castleford. Part of the course involved us taking a raft across a small (very fake) river to get to the next hole. ‘Nuff said.
Got a big work in progress going on at the moment – my most ambitious hiking stick carving yet! Updates on that next time 🙂
Over and out!