Monday, 29 June 2009

Bodnant Benches

I honestly think Bodnant Garden in Wales might be one of the most beautiful gardens I've seen. Here are just some of the benches I spotted at the weekend there...

This was incorporated into the bridge so you sat over the river, very clever design.

Can you spot the bench hiding in the jungle?

I have to say some of the benches were just a little too grand for me ...

...but there were plenty of these simple ones dotted around.

But speaking of grand, I wonder if my staff would like to give me a bench?

There was plenty of water around, and benches from which to admire it.

And the perfect circle round the perfect tree. I do like these circular benches.

I wondered if these stone benches incorporated into the front of the house were what gave the inspiration for the bridge bench above. And if you look further up the terrace you can see the family benches and table - let me tell you there were similar seating arrangements on the other side of the house too, so you can catch the sun rise and set. These people are clever at making their lives beautiful - I think that's what makes the garden such a success.

And what is it about an arch that makes a bench look cheeky?

Finally, there was a newly hewn tunnel under the road to get in and out. I liked these benches which seemed to fit in with the stone completely, even if they don't seem all that welcoming.

1 comment:

Clare Dudman said...

Great photos, Sarah. We don't live that far from Bodnant and yet have never been - will have to go there now!