Bench series #1

For some time now I have been photographing benches when I come across them. I like benches. I especially like them when they are placed in a convenient position, like half way up a hill, or on the top of a cliff, preferably with a view. Some benches have plaques, some have slats, some are made of wood, some are good (to sit on). So for the next year, as a new feature, I am going to post a photo of a bench/seat each week. So you can take the weight of your feet and relax and breathe…

This one comes with a lovely view of the garden.

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Lutyens Seat in Abbotsbury Sub-tropical Garden (Dorset)

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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

64 thoughts on “Bench series #1”

  1. Add me to the list of people looking forward to this series. I too am very partial to benches. Although in my travels I rarely take advantage of them, it’s always interesting to see where someone has thought to place a bench and the variations of style.

    I love the spiky cactus-type plant in the foreground. It really sets the tone for the location 🙂

    1. I do try to photograph my benches to show their best ‘side’ but it is not always that simple. I mean, do I show the bench or the view from the bench? Anyway, I hope you enjoy my interpretations 🙂

  2. Excellent choice for all us fellow bench lovers, Jude – I rarely see a bench I don’t want to ‘warm’ for a bit. I even took some bench photos last year – now to dig them out!!

    I like your theme. Simple but energizing😊

    1. Thanks Sammy, I like to change the theme, though not too often and I always felt the other one was a bit too cluttered for showing off photos. Not sure if I’ll keep this one, but for now the yellow is cheering me up on a somewhat grey and foggy day.

  3. I too love benches. They always come with the bonus of a landscape. You’ve launched the series with pizazz: an elegant bench and a beautiful bit of garden.

  4. I love the idea of a series and I’ll be following with interest. I know what you mean about benches. They are always welcome when I’m on a long walk especially if it’s uphill.

    How did you get the font to be bigger here? Is it the theme or did you do something clever? On my blog the font has suddenly become much smaller and I can’t figure out how to change it.

    1. Seems benches are everybody’s favourite! I’m always happy to see one and test it out 🙂

      The font is what comes with the theme, I’m not sure if it isn’t too big. But I think it changes depending on the device you use so on my laptop with a big screen it is very large.

        1. No, not on either of my blogs, but the font size has changed on both. And the weird thing is that sometimes it’s bigger and then the next post is small. It must be something in my settings. I do create my text in a Word document and copy and paste it to my dashboard, which I’ve always done, and this size problem has only just started recently. So I don’t know if writing in Word first is part of the problem.

        2. Do you paste ‘AS TEXT’ ? Otherwise some elements from Word may be transferred (check the HTML), but if you have always done it this way I can’t understand why it should suddenly change. Then again, WP is always changing the way things operate.

        3. I paste it into Visual. I am still using classic mode and I wonder if it’s being made a little difficult so that I am forced to change to the new posting style. I found the new one quite difficult to use so I gave up. Who knows…

          I’m working on a post right now and it is coming up the right size.

        4. Huh! I don’t like the new posting screen either. It seems less intuitive than the classic one! But everything today is being aimed at people with smart devices, not people who still use computers and proper laptops!

  5. Great idea for a series! I remembering being on a trip on which one of the women had a thing for manhole covers. I think your bench photos will be better. 🙂

      1. Oops!
        BTW, I’ve contributed my first walk to Jo’s Monday Walks, having come across the site via your own walks. Mine is also in the Blue Mountains, close to where your recent walk was.

  6. New theme and all – it’s definitely a new year for Jude the Non-obscure !!
    Lovely stuff, mate ! 🙂

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