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Bench Bonanza! (2: the bumper edition)

Right, prepare to scroll down and down … herewith, the remaining Bench Series 2015 photos, presented geographically. It’s a mix of incidental benches and focus benches. I’d like to give a huge thanks to Jude to hosting and organising this challenge all year. I now have to train myself to stop photographing every bench I see!

Czech Republic

Franciscan Gardens, Prague

Franciscan Gardens, Prague (shame about the garbage can!)

France

Along the Corniche, Cannes

Along the Corniche, Cannes

Sri Lanka

The promenade, Galle

The promenade, Galle

United Kingdom

London

The British Library

The British Library

St Dunstan

St Dunstan

And a trio from Kew Gardens, one of my favourite London places.

Strange metal mesh animals at Kew

Strange metal mesh kangaroo lurking behind benches at Kew

Wintry sunlight at Kew

Wintry sunlight at Kew

Bluebells at Kew

Bluebells at Kew

Royal Ascot

Prime viewing benches for the races

Prime viewing benches for the races

Eastbourne Pier

Blue benches lining the pier

Blue benches lining the pier

I love Eastbourne. I used to walk along the coast, up and down those rolling chalk cliffs with the amazing views out to sea.

Somewhere in Wales

I don’t mean to be cryptic about the location, I just forget where this is!

A drizzly day in Wales, and the remains of a church.

A drizzly day in Wales, and the remains of a church.

Stratford

I don’t remember the name of my hotel, but it had this lovely grotto out back.

Grotto, bench and wine glass

Grotto, bench and wine glass

United States

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Benches on the street

Benches on the street

Outside the New Mexico Museum of Art

Outside the New Mexico Museum of Art

Museum of Contemporary Native Art

Museum of Contemporary Native Art

Lamy, New Mexico

Never heard of Lamy? Me neither. But I spent a few hot hours at its train station, waiting for a train whose arrival time became later and later …

Waiting room, Lamy Amtrak station

Waiting room, Lamy Amtrak station

Williams Junction, Arizona

Another place you may never have heard of — unless you’ve taken the train to the Grand Canyon.

A marvellous use for old train parts!

A marvellous use for old train parts!

Grand Canyon Village

El Tovar Hotel

El Tovar Hotel

A bench made from a log. I did not try this one for comfort, I admit.

A bench made from a log. I did not try this one for comfort, I admit.

near New Orleans

This is Oak Alley Plantation, well worth a visit if you’re in the area.

Oak Alley Plantation

Oak Alley Plantation

And that, you’ll be relieved to learn if you’ve made it this far down the page, is the end of the Bumper Bench Bonanza. “Thank you” to everyone who has visited these posts over the past year!


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Bench Bonanza! (1)

I discovered that I have 41 photos for Jude’s Bench Series, and only a handful of days until the challenge runs out. So I’ve decided to present them in two posts, sorted alphabetically by country. This post is all about Australia; next week (a Bumper Bench Bonanza!) will be the US and UK, plus one each from France, Czech Republic and Sri Lanka.

Australia

Around Sydney

A bench at Clovelly beach, sunset.

A bench at Clovelly beach, sunset.

Bench with a view! Cremorne ferry wharf.

Bench with a view! Cremorne ferry wharf.

Lovely old iron bench, Cremorne Reserve.

Lovely old iron bench, Cremorne Reserve.

Cockatoo Island bench.

Cockatoo Island bench.

A rainy morning on Pitt Street pedestrian mall.

A rainy morning on Pitt Street pedestrian mall.

In the Northern Territory

Darwin

Darwin, Royal Botanic Gardens

Darwin, Royal Botanic Gardens

Darwin, Royal Botanic Gardens -- I'm not sure how comfortable this would be!

Darwin, Royal Botanic Gardens — I’m not sure how comfortable this would be!

Darwin, Bicentennial Park

Darwin, Bicentennial Park

Downtown Darwin

Downtown Darwin

Other towns in the Northern Territory

Outside the Crocodile Hotel, Jabiru

Outside the Crocodile Hotel, Jabiru

Banyan Tree cafe, Rum Jungle (yes, the town/area is called "Rum Jungle")

Banyan Tree cafe, Rum Jungle (yes, the town/area is called “Rum Jungle”)

Inside a heritage train museum (Mary River?)

Inside a heritage train museum (Mary River?)

Melbourne

The Grotto, Melbourne

The Grotto, Melbourne


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Bench Series: Miscellaneous (1)

Red lips mosaic bench with bag, Southbank, Melbourne

Red lips mosaic bench with bag, Southbank, Melbourne

December, the last month of Jude’s Bench Series challenge, is given over to all those benches that for whatever reason were not included in the other 11 months. I had seen a photo of this bench on another blogger’s site (and I’m ashamed to admit I don’t remember who it was, although she kindly told me where to find the bench), so when I had to go to Melbourne on business a couple of weeks ago, it was on my list of things to find.


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Bench Series: Message (4)

A bench in the Fern Gully, Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne.

Dr Philip Moors was the Director and Chief Executive of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne from 1999 to 2012.

Here’s my final bench with a message, hot off the camera and only two days old! I came across this bench in the Fern Gully of the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne on Saturday. I was intrigued by that phrase “in recognition of”, which is so unlike the “in memory of” that you usually see on benches. A quick online search revealed that Dr Philip Moors was the Director and Chief Executive of the Gardens from 1999 to 2012 and, from what I could find, he does not yet warrant a memorial bench. 😉 The gully itself is a cool, shady stretch of vibrant green that follows a gently twisting water course; as you stroll along the walkway, you are accompanied by the gurgle of water tumbling on its way. Quite delightful.

This is another photo of the same bench.

A bench in the Fern Gully, Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne.

Isn’t this a lovely spot to sit and admire the ferns?


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Bench Series: Message (2)

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I photographed this bench in Santa Fe more for its lovely curvy shape and the way the light hit it than for any profound words or wit in the message on the small plaque fixed above the middle arm. All it says is “Charles G Stevens”. Perhaps this was a favourite place for him to sit? Or perhaps it is his own personal bench still and the plaque is a way to stake his claim?


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Bench Series: Message (1)

Look very closely - can you see the message?

Look very closely – can you see the message?

November’s bench theme is messages. I took this photo as part of my Sculpture by the Sea collection (see the post here), and only when I looked at it on the larger screen of my laptop did I realise there is a small message plaque on the side. I’ve cropped the part of the photo and you can see the plaque in the feature image, but it’s a small part of a large photo so not very clear! This is what it says:

Marks Park – Sydney
Our little bench …
This place where Francisco proposed to Francisca on the 1st of October of 2009
Three years after Madelena was born in the same day (1st of October of 2012)
Love you …

Isn’t that lovely?

And if you’re curious, the sculpture behind the bench is “space time continuum v4” by Clayton Thompson.

To see what messages other bloggers have found on benches around the world, check out the Bench Series tag in your Reader.


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