Bench series #4

Final week on the Garden theme so if you want to join in this month with your garden bench you have until next Saturday to post your photos 🙂

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Not one, but three benches this week in a lovely garden in Dumfries and Galloway, southern Scotland. Logan Botanical Garden is one of the most beautiful and interesting gardens in the UK and not what you would expect to find so far north. If you want to see more then please click on the link above.

And if you like the idea of a ‘Bench’ photo challenge then take a look at my Bench Series page for details of how to join in.

  • Create your own post and title it Bench Series: January
  • 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 WP Reader
  • Get your post in by the end of the month, as the new bench theme comes out on the first Sunday in February

I look forward to resting my feet all around the world!

Last week I was taken to some lovely gardens:

Sylvia visits Edison Heritage Gardens in Fort Myers
Daily Musings takes us to The Lois Blonder Sculpture Garden
Aletta shows us a curved bench in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

Pauline is sitting amongst the peace lilies this week in Townsville
Cathy has several benches in a seaside garden in New Zealand

and there is a charming drawing and poem from ladysighs
and a bench that had to be re-built by Jennifer.
Priorhouse blog on the other hand combines benches with a story. With a bench in it, of course!
Debbie finds a tranquil spot in Paris.
and Julia has one with a tribute.
Elaine joins in with a couple of gardens bringing back memories of summer!
and you can sit and smell the lavender from this pretty bench from Dawn.
Finally a serene bench with Spanish moss dripping above from Isadora.

Thank you all for joining in this week.

Monthly Photo Challenge: The Changing Seasons #1

The Cardinal has decided to have a photo project going throughout 2015 – a blogging event, a monthly photo challenge. Find a location near your home, take somewhere between 5-20 photos and post them in a gallery in your blog. Continue to do this every month. The idea is to capture all the changes: the seasons, the weather, different times of the day, some night photography perhaps?

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Sounds right up my street and I shall be interested to record the changes in my neighbourhood. Some of these locations have been posted before, but this is a circular route from my front door around the River Teme, taking in the castle, some interesting houses, trees on Whitcliffe Common and some of the floral offerings on Ludlow’s streets.

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Date: January 19 2015
Weather: sunshine and cloud
Temperature: Cold (2°C)
Time: 2 – 3 pm

DSCF0375After taking some photos around the castle garden on Dinham with the pollarded lime trees, it’s time to walk down to Dinham Bridge and capture a few shots of the castle and the river which is in full spate after the rain in Wales.

Continue along the Breadwalk, taking great care as the path is frozen at this point and notice the Donkey Steps to the left. Swans feed at the edges and naked trees are reflected in the water.

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Leaving the river behind, my final stretch is along Lower Broad Street where the lack of outside space does not prevent the owners of the ancient cottages from displaying one of the towns best ‘gardens’.

Bench series #3

Still on the Garden theme:

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Walmer Castle, Kent

If you would like to join in with the Bench photo challenge then take a look at my Bench Series page where you will find everything you want to know (haha if only…)

  • Create your own post and title it Bench Series: January
  • 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 February

I look forward to resting my feet all around the world!

Have a look at Sydney’s Botanic Garden with Elizabeth
Debbie takes us to Kew Gardens in London
Pauline shows us all the benches in her beautiful rainforest garden.
Gilly is relaxing in Penshurst Place on a beautiful summers day.
Ailsa shows us a very unusual bench in the green of a lawn in Charlston
and Meg shows us one complete with a cow!

Thanks folks for joining in so I don’t feel like “Billy no-mates”

Bench series #2

It would appear from the comments left on last week’s bench that this is a topic close to the heart of many photographers (and there I was thinking that I was unique 😕 ) and that many of you would love to join in. So let’s go for it…

Please click on the Bench Photo Challenge  for some simple guidelines and the proposed monthly themes

For the month of January let’s see your GARDEN benches

This is taken from a seat, but there is another one in the picture if you look very carefully.

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Glenwan Garden
  • Create your own post and title it Bench Series: January
  • 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 February

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)