Bench series #20

For the month of May I’m looking for benches at the beach

Manly Wharf
Looking out at Manly Wharf, NSW, Australia

If you would like to join in with the Bench photo challenge then please take a look at my Bench Series page. No complicated rules, just a bench and a camera required 🙂

  • Create your own post and title it Bench Series: May
  • Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too
  • Add the tag ‘bench series’ so everyone can find the benches easily in the WP Reader
  • Get your post in by the end of the month, as the new bench theme comes out on the first Sunday in June.

My Picks of the Week:

Aletta is in one of my favourite parts of the Cape.
Tgeriatrix has more benches in Belgium – now why does it feel so flat there?
Anabel takes us for a stroll around Dunbar, you’ll need a sit on that bench after this.
Pauline is waiting for the sun to rise. Well at least that’s what I think she is doing here.
And Debbie takes us to Broadstairs this week. There is a very good ice-cream parlour in Broadstairs if you happen to be that way. If you saw Mary Berry’s program on Friday night (UK) you will have seen it (and the knickerbocker glory). When I was a kid I dreamed of having one of those. Unfortunately a 99 was the most my parents could afford.

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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.

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    1. I try and avoid patisseries of all kinds and funnily enough I have never eaten a macaron, though I have photos of some 🙂

  1. Torn between Broadstairs and Dunbar, both favourite places. Have to give it to the Dunbar view, especially as I haven’t been there since about 1981.
    Regards as always, Pete. x

  2. I remember spending a few hours in Manly in 2005. On one part of my walk I couldn’t shake the impression that I was on the California coast. Same ocean, after all, even of opposite sides of it.

    1. This got me thinking. I suppose it does resemble southern California a bit. Seems much more English to me though in terms of architecture. I suppose because there is some Victorian heritage whereas in California it is much more Spanish.

      1. Australia and the United States share an English heritage, even if Australia is closer in time to it. When I rode a commuter train on the west side of Sydney on the same visit in 2005, I had a very strong impression of being in Queens, which is the eastern borough of New York City.

        1. I haven’t been to New York so I don’t know, the west side of Sydney is less pretty than the coast. Until you reach those mountains…

        2. Right, and the fact that the industrialized, urbanized western side of Sydney is less attractive than the coast or the mountains is why it reminded me so much of Queens, which is hardly a tourist destination. One difference is that the main foreign ethnic group in Sydney appeared to be Chinese, while in Queens the largest group is Hispanic (primarily from the Caribbean but increasingly from Mexico and Central America).

        3. A lot of Vietnamese in Sydney too. I noticed that on my first visit in 1998 which surprised me, though it shouldn’t as they are closer to Asia than anywhere else in the world.

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