Thursday, 27 September 2012

Portrait Bench

This voting call for who should appear beside a new bench in Reculver is the first I'd heard of 'portrait benches' - an example above. Love it though. I imagine a whole trail of groups around benches throughout the country...

Sunday, 9 September 2012

Friday, 7 September 2012

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Monday, 3 September 2012

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Darwin's Benches

Here are some benches at Down House, home of Charles Darwin:
This one is on the front lawn, the plaque makes it clear that Darwin may have sat on a similar bench:
Here's the (fringed by a yew) view of the house he would have seen, nicely protected from his many children though:
And this covered bench is at the end of Darwin's Sandwalk. Obviously the bench isn't original - plans show a summer house would have been there when Darwin walked five times round the Sandwalk three times a day (it was called his Thinking Path):

Friday, 3 August 2012

Forest Bench

This bench, photo sent in by Alex Johnson, looks as if it is trying to get back to the trees...!

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Sunday, 24 June 2012

Library bench

What could be better - benches + books! Bogotá, Colombia is setting up mobile libraries at bus stations and in parks:

Friday, 8 June 2012

Japanese benches

My sister, Mary Atkinson, recently traveled to Japan to support those affected after the Tsunami with massage. If you read about her worthwhile trip here, and please do - it's wonderful! - you may be surprised at how tranquil and beautiful these benches she found during her visit are:

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Bench with a view

I love the idea of this farmer sitting down every so often and feeling such pleasure in where he was. If I know farmers, there would have been some weather watching too!

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Saturday, 14 April 2012

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Memory Bench

Sometimes I'm idly looking at bench plaques and then I'll realise just what it is I'm looking at. This is one. A really beautiful and meaningful daughter's memorial to her mother.

Sunday, 18 March 2012

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Playground Bench

I would be very happy with a memorial bench facing a playground. I love the idea of parents and grandparents sitting down here to rest, or even just passers by who want to watch and enjoy the fun.

And this inscription is pretty special too...

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Monday, 6 February 2012

Simply beautiful Bench

With a watering can to collect water from the river.