We set off to in the morning to arrive in Cornwall by midday. Wim and Lar loading two big rocks in no time into Lar’s van. I am speechless watching Wim working and controlling the forklift, the way he wraps the webbing around the boulders, knowing exactly how the weight is going to settle down in it, then the precision in which he and Lar position the rocks in the van with the usual “up a bit down a bit”.

Suspended rock on way to van, 11.04.2013

Suspended rock on way to van, 11.04.2013

Lar preparing van for rocks, 11.04.2013

Lar preparing van for rocks, 11.04.2013

The two "big babies" ready to rock n roll, 11.04.2013

The two “big babies” ready to rock n roll, 11.04.2013

Wim was not totally sure what type of rock it is but for sure it will have a fine finish and be durable outside, blue-grey-pinky colouring, I am starting to carve next week. Ideas need to be tweaked a little as the shape of the boulders is slimmer than I imagined. Each boulder weighs approximately 200kg.

Being so near the sea, we had to have some time by it, a flavour of holiday. Don’t worry I am not sharing ALL the snapshots with you.

Cliffs at "Sandymouth" near Bude, 11.04.2013

Cliffs at “Sandymouth” near Bude, 11.04.2013

Sandymouth, near Bude, 11.04.2013

Sandymouth, near Bude, 11.04.2013

Travelling back to Stroud chatting, sipping coffee, enjoying some brownies and Goldfrapp, arriving early evening at the workshop near Whiteway. Whilst it is tipping it down Sebastian, Will and Lar are unloading the stones via a ramp and rollers. They know how to handle huge amounts of weight confidently. The stones I handled so far could be carried by two people…I know I am entering a new arena and even though it is daunting it also is very exciting! I have been waiting for this moment a long time and now I am here, I am stepping into the unknown, I am taking a risk.

This journey to Cornwall alone needed the support of many people, Lar for all the driving, conversations and dipping toes into the sea, Wim who gifted me the stones, Sebastian and Will who came out on this rainy evening to unload. THANK YOU!!