For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move. ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

A Trip To The Mythological Garden Centre

We'd only popped into Reg Taylor's Garden Centre for a Rozanne geranium, a bag of compost and a cup of coffee.  Imagine our surprise when this cockerel pointed the way . . . 

. . .  to the Swan Sanctuary, which had been taken over by both savage and playful beasties . . .

The swans were frozen in graceful flight . . .

. . . and this larger-than-life spider was also in a state of perpetual immobility, thank goodness . . .

We witnessed the birth of a dragon . . .

. . . and rejoiced in the exultation of these sculpted figures . . .

. . . though we soon came down to earth with a bump, and realised that life was not always so jubilant . . .

In a dark corner of a copse we started to feel distinctly uncomfortable . . .

. . . so much so, that we hastened by this faceless green lady, though we coveted her wide-brimmed hat . . . 

This alabaster-like Ophelia, however, was not as protected against the sun's glare . . .

For one crazy moment we thought we'd time-travelled to Spain . . .

. . . but soon realised we'd simply walked into a Grimm's Fairy Tale . . .

. . . or perhaps . . .

. . . a horror movie . . .

8 comments:

John Gray said...

Love the swans
Not sure about the the odd little dog though
Lovely photos

am said...

Yikes!!! I like the birth of a dragon best.

Ruth said...

Fantastical. I love your photo of the sculpted figures dancing against the sky.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Fantastic images - love the swans. Not the place to go on a dark night.

Craig said...

Really creative. I'm with John - the swans are excellent.

Dominic Rivron said...

A mythological garden would be good. Could one mow the lawn simply by thinking about it?

Interesting sculpture. Got me thinking I ought to go back to Yorkshire Sculpture Park sometime.

dritanje said...

Beautiful! (though yes, some are disturbing). But I do like the idea of sculptures in a garden centre - or absolutely anywhere.

The Solitary Walker said...

Thanks, everyone, for your comments.

Dominic — yes, me too, I'd love to visit the Yorkshire Sculpture Park again. May go soon, so watch this space!

And Dritanje, I like the idea of sculptures anywhere too, specially in the open air.