Trip to Rufford Country Park in Photos

We met up with a friend at Rufford Country park yesterday, and I took a few pics. In the upstairs courtyard of the abbey, there’s a sculpture of two metal men – one pulling on a rope…

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…and the other one hanging from the other end after it’s passed through a pulley…

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The pulling man’s face close up…

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…and the end of his rope…

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I know what you’re thinking. “Are they naked? Metal naked men? Are they, er, anatomically correct?

You’re rude. But yes. They are…

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(You’re going to have to click those to see bigger ones 😉

On the sides of the courtyard were gargoyles…

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From one of the windows at the side, we had a view of this huge oak tree…

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Same place, looking down, moss was growing on the outside of the window…

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Out in the grounds, one of the most-photographed things at Rufford is the happy stone fella, holding his apple. I’ve taken pics of it before, but this time I went for a close-up…

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Whilst we were here, there were a couple of nice treetops. There’s something that appeals to my sense of minimalism about a treetop with some plain blue sky, so I couldn’t resist a couple of shots…

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Unfortunately, the place was very crowded yesterday, so there was no chance of getting any food, and we were hungry. We decided to head off to Patchings Farm Art Centre to eat, but we’d had a grate time at Rufford 😉

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Sorry. Bad pun.

On the way out, we noticed a fence that looked like lots of little hedges holding hands. It was cute…

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Then I noticed this splendid old ice-cream trailer…

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It’s labelled “EAT FUN”. Not sure if you can eat fun. Maybe “EAT ICE-CREAM” would have been more accurate. Anyway, the kids pictured were certainly getting it a bit wrong if they were supposed to be eating ice-cream…

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Anyway, I was more taken with the pretty pattern of the awning – front…

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…and back…

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The end of the story is that we went to Patchings, ate roast beef, and disappointed their art supplies shop by buying only a single pencil sharpener.

But we had fun.