I've been a bit quiet for a while. Amongst other things, we've been away spending a week in Guernsey, since you ask. We spent a day at Sausmarez Manor, and we both expected the usual deal with stately homes; a trip around the old house, a tour of the garden and a cup of tea. Lovely - nothing wrong with that!
What we actually got was something a little different. For a start, there was free entry to the garden around the house (difficult to imagine that happening in England), and the house seemed to be off limits unless you were on a guided tour. So we headed for the tropical garden, and found that it was an Artpark. This particular one was a permanent sculpture exhibition, with the exhibits changing once a year or as they were sold.
So we'll start with a picture of the house:
|You wouldn't believe how long I waited for that bloke in the doorway to move......|
And they have this on their front lawn:
|I thought the rust added to the effect, but what do I know?|
They have an interesting use for old horseshoes and random scrap metal:
|Photo courtesy of Mizzkay.|
Once inside the tropical garden, then the sculptures came thick and fast:
|This reminded me of an Aztec pyramid. Whether that's the intention or not is another matter....|
|This one's a mermaid. You can sort of see the attraction.....|
|Again, thanks to Mizzkay for this one.|
|I just liked the view. And I thought the red things added to it.|
Just about all the exhibits were for sale. This next one's called 'Elektra' and she can be yours for a cool £67,000!
|Thanks to Mizzkay again. I thought I'd taken a picture of this, but I must have been distracted. Can't imagine why.......|
|I liked this a lot. Not sure why....|
|I thought this looked like a piece of cheese with a bit cut out! Very tactile.|
|As you can see, this one's a water feature. I took a picture of this, but Mizzkay's was better. So I nicked it.|
|I'm not sure I've ever seen a real frog look quite this cross!|
|Mizzkay again. She likes chickens. Note the spider's web!|
|Another water feature. I loved the look on his face......|
|A bit twee for me, but at least it would fit in my garden....|
The next two were right outside the tea shop. Oh yes, I got my cup of tea (and piece of cake)!
|It's a horse. I know it's difficult to see, but it's head is nearest the camera.|
|Again, the look on his face did it for me. He's dangling a caterpillar between his fingers.|
All in all, we had a great day. I know nothing about sculpture, but there was something about seeing these outside in such an unexpected environment. I've only scratched the surface, if you want to see more then click here. Oh, and thanks to Mizzkay for some of the pictures.