Bench series #13

For the month of March I’m looking for Wooden benches

Sweet seat (D)
The Rose Garden – Mottisfont (NT) Hampshire

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: March
  • 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 April

This is the last week for your wooden benches. Next month I am looking for any bench with a view. The view is important so make sure to include it. (You can use sea views though that is a topic for May, so you might want to save those for that month 🙂 )

My Picks of the Week:

Klara finds yet another unusually shaped bench – I can see myself lying around on this one!
Daily Musings finds a well-worn bench that is frequented by seagulls.
Julia has provided a very sturdy bench, though I’m not too sure about sitting underneath a tree that attracts birds…
Debbie is going for an arty look in Vienna, whilst a new visitor, Marsha, from California joins in with a natural bench on a beach and Gilly also has a beautiful natural bench for us. Final pick is a very colourful bench from Issy.

Thanks to everyone who has linked in their wooden benches this month.

Bench series #12

For the month of March I’m looking for Wooden benches

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A wooden bench at the tram stop in Plainpalais, Geneva – but someone got there first.

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: March
  • 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 April

My Picks of the Week:

Another bench from Dawn, with a gorgeous barn in the background.
A bench with attitude from Sylvia
and Naomi joined us with a whole raft of benches (she is not the only one)
Lumar1298 brought some more carved benches to join in
Sherri joins us this month with wooden benches (in black and white) fulfilling two months in one!
El Rolyat takes me back to a place I once knew very well and Issy has a bit of bother getting her post done this month!
Meanwhile the troublesome restless one hits us with a whole bucket-load of benches – there is sure to be one you fancy 🙂

Monthly Photo Challenge: The Changing Seasons #3

The beginning of spring. March.  Came in like a lion, roaring winds and sharp bursts of rain punctuated with an odd day of almost summer warmth. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to do my walk on that day and ever since it has been grey and gloomy although I did grab a few shots last Monday when it was sunshine and clouds.

DSCF0849Not a lot happening here on Dinham, except the skip has been moved. Bet you never even noticed that last month! One thing about Ludlow is that there are so many old houses the tradesmen always have work – new roofs, window repairs, renovation projects etc.

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Date: March 15 2015
Weather: Cloudy
Temperature: Cold (7°C but feels like 4º)
Time: 2 – 3 pm

But there is life in the Castle gardens – lovely golden daffodils dancing in the chilly wind. And soon there will be blossom appearing too. And although people are walking around today on Mother’s Day, no-one is yet sitting on any of the benches.

Signs of spring
Signs of spring
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A cottage garden on Dinham

The thing I notice most on this walk, apart from all the dog-walkers, is the sound of birds singing. I wish I could capture that. A pair of courting ducks sit on the wall of Dinham bridge and watch over their friends swimming far below. The view is not so great today in the grey. The water looks cold.

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I search for signs of new life, but there is very little difference between now and last month. I was hoping there would be more greenery. And I can’t see my swans today. I hope they are safe. The trees on the top of Whitcliff are just the same as last month, only the sky is different.

DSCF0911A bench on the corner at Ludham catches my eye as it is surrounded by late flowering daffodils still in bud. I wonder if they will be open next month when I pass by this way.

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Lower Broad Street is empty, though one elderly gentleman did a sweet dance for me in front of the camera. I was too embarrassed to photograph him then, but caught a shot from behind. He did at least make me smile in the cold. A few pots of early daffs, some vibrant primulas and a winter-flowering erica added some colour to the drabness of the day. The crocuses and blossom I found last week on a sunnier day.

DSCF0924The 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?

Hopefully there will be more dramatic changes next month, I’m certainly hoping so!

Bench series #11

For the month of March I’m looking for Wooden benches

Bougainvillea
Bougainvillea and Benches at Carmel Mission

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: March
  • 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 April

My Picks of the Week:

 Head to Sue’s blog for a secluded bench in a walled garden
Cathy takes us back to her favourite bench
Elaine has a bench with a bite in Louisiana
another bench in a garden from Dawn
whilst Ron joins in from the Pacific Northwest with an unusual style
that is very similar to this one in Glasgow from Anabel’s Travel blog
One from another mission that I have visited from a new entrant, Bebs
and my final pick for this week is from Aletta.

Thanks everyone!

Bench series #10

For the month of March I’m looking for Wooden benches

Oak Leaf Bench – Aberglasney Garden, Wales

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: March
  • 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 April

My Picks of the Week:

Pauline takes us for a stroll around Tyalgum where she found a bench or two (and how can you resist visiting a place-name like that?)
Daily Musings has a wintry river view
Klara is in a garden with an unusual bench
and Ladysighs links to a hand-restored bench by Eddy in Poland together with one of her poems
The Lucid Gypsy found a beautiful little bench in Kuala Lumpur
whilst Debbie finds a typical English wooded bench up in the Malvern Hills
and This Melbourne Life joins us this month with a bench in… Melbourne!