So that’s what the gardeners were up to!

Whats this for?

Whats all this for?

What on earth are the gardeners up to?

What on earth are the gardeners up to?

Leading up to Christmas the gardeners were asking for large amounts of wood- mostly cordwood and in three metre lengths. Not only that… they raided the stack of oak timber and cut it all up into blocks. What on earth were they up to? As time went along piles of wood were stacked in the garden area and some were painted ( no, in fact all of them were painted), a rather odd thing to do to say the least. Then I was asked to acquire six hundred willow binders- surely they were not laying some hedge? (Didn’t know they could do that and in any case where was this hedge?)

The garden sculpture exhibition

The garden sculpture exhibition map

Well blow me down! The other day, in a triumphant display, they revealed all. Theo Gayer Anderson (a sculptor and artist) had been asked to make some outdoor art around the theme of  ‘Reflection’. It’s a novel idea and these five sculptures are now installed and available for all to see until April after which they are to be taken down… BUT, not discarded as the foresters fancy some of these sculptures in the woodland belts… and we may even add a few… might even become well renowned artists (not that sort thank you!).

Blue stack

Blue stack

Passage of time. Cross grained perspective. Mutable palimpsests.

Guess who?

Guess who?

g

Stop admiring yourself Mr Anderson

Snow White thicket

White whips

Intimate thicket. Entangled embrace. Caution susurrus.

Is she there!

Is he there?!

A shadowy figure!

A shadowy figure!

Ah ha Mr Anderson I presume

Ah ha! Mr Anderson I presume?

In two places at one time, that's how he does it!

In two places at one time- that’s how he does it!

Reflections

Reflections

 

Oak pillars

Black blocks

Once they were one. Shared past. Uncertain future.

Remember the blocks of oak?

Remember the blocks of oak?

m

Reflections of a green man

Stop messing around in the bush Mr Anderson

Stop messing around in the bush Mr Anderson

k

Oak blocks

 

Now what do they say about men that keep looking at themselves in the mirror!

Now what do they say about men who keep looking at themselves in the mirror?!

Darn ugly if you ask me

Darned ugly if you ask me…

Just as bad

…just as bad!

b

Windows to space and time

Red hanger

Red hanger

Broken limbs. Suspended moment. Silent descent.

Spinning

Spinning

Turning

Turning

RED

RED

Reflections

Reflections

About Sadeik

You may ask why "Sadeik" well it means friend in arabic. Worked in Jordan a lot doing tree surgery you see. I have worked in forestry since I left school with a two years in Telecom. Went back to forestry and tree surgery as it may not have paid as much but was far more interesting and dangerous. Spent a lot of years mountaineering, caving and canoeing too. At 29 I went to Bangor University to study Forestry and soil science then did an MSc in Water engineering all very interesting. By a quirk of fate in 1995 ended up helping sort out the woodland and park at Wimpole, funny thing was then I only intended to stay six months or so, but 18 years later I'm still here learning all the time. That's the best bit, if I wasn't able to learn something new every year I would not have stayed and as you get older you realise that the grass is not so green in the next field after all. In fact my patch is getting greener while much of the rest is getting browner.
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1 Response to So that’s what the gardeners were up to!

  1. graemeu says:

    What an excellent way to brighten a winter garden

    Like

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