Some benches didn’t make the ‘Director’s Cut‘ so here are the ones that were short-listed. Will any of you ever walk past a bench again without thinking “Oh, look, a bench for Jude!

January: In the Garden

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RHS Wisley – under the magnolia

February: Benches processed in Black and White

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Ram in Canberra, Australia

March: Wooden Benches

Natural wooden seats

April: Benches with a View

Castlehead summit overlooking Derwentwater, nr Keswick, Lake District

May: At the Beach

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Couple admiring Lyme Bay, overlooking Chesil Beach, Dorset

June: Art Effects (some post-processing to any bench – use your imagination!)

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Benches in the terraces at Powis Castle, Wales

July: Unusual details

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Original wrought-iron bench

August: Colourful Benches

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Blue benches at Manly Point with Sydney in the distance

September: Metal Benches

Bench in the Gazebo at Hidcote Garden, Cotswolds

October: People/things on Benches

Looking over the Black Pool, Kiftsgate Garden, Cotswolds

November: Messages / Plaques OR  Autumn

RHS Wisley

December: anything you like!!

Snowy Haslemere benches, Surrey

And if you are up for another challenge then pop over to my Garden Blog where something different is happening in 2016.

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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. You KNOW we won’t! 🙂 And these are just your rejects, Jude! What a great photographer you are, as well as being a blooming good friend! The ram is crazy and I love the art effects one but my favourite is probably the tiger’s head 🙂 Shall we start a poll?
    Happy New Year to you and I hope it all works out to your satisfaction. 🙂

    1. Did you see Pete’s remark about a calendar? I should have thought of that myself. But then I would have dozens of calendars – a year of benches by the sea, benches in the garden, benches with people… I love that animal head, can’t decide what it is though, some sort of cat – leopard, tiger. HNY to you too – out celebrating? Or join me in a hot chocolate!

      1. No, missed that comment? 😦 and I wasn’t sure what kind of cat either but I liked it. Been to see the Star Wars movie with Mick and James. Soft spot for Harrison Ford 🙂 Made a very winey spag bol and am now hot on catch up 🙂 Will be joining Gilly watching Jools and then the fireworks. Will raise a mug to you 🙂

        1. It must be a pasta evening, mine was carbonara. Now going to catch up with the Agatha Christie thingy that was on whilst we were away, then watch the fireworks over the Thames. Can’t be doing with Jools, his Hootenanny calls irritate me…

  2. A bench calendar! It has to happen, with so many bench fans out there.
    Enjoy your cocoa tonight, Jude, and have a great year ahead.
    Regards as always, Pete. x

    1. There must be a bench group somewhere too! Great thought for a bench calendar – I may do one next year 😀
      You out partying tonight Pete? Or curling up with a wee dram 😉

  3. ha,ha, the calendar idea is so cool. this challenge was so inspirational for me ( the whole idea of one subject over the year with a slight modification each month – wood, metal, b&w…. an eye-opener I tell you). nice picks for ‘director’s cut’ 🙂
    I wish you a happy new year, Jude, and all the best for the 2016.

    1. Lovely to have you join in Klara, you found some interesting benches! Maybe you will find something to join in with the new challenge?

  4. I’ve no idea why these weren’t in the finals, they’re fab, especially the lion and Kiftsgate. That sheep blokey is a bit off the wall though I must say.
    We’re definitely meeting in 2016, early lunch in Totnes followed by Dartington. If we miss the witch hazel, then we’ll catch the magnolia or the summer border! Happy New Year love, Gx

  5. Answer to your question: No! I have spotted more benches in the last few days, and I think no post will now be complete without one. Happy New Year, Jude.

  6. Jude – we will truly always think of u with with benches – at least for the first part of 2016! But maybe the flower blog challenge will be a soothing replacement – 😏 enjoyed the selections for this ta-da post! Happy new year!

    1. I was going to write about the walk up to the summit, but never got around to it. Only a small hill, but with a lovely view. Fortunately there were other benches at the top which were less precariously positioned than this one!

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