Friday Bench: Ducky’s 30

Deckchairs outside Ducky's cafe

OK, I admit I’ve strayed into tenuous bench territory,  well actually not-bench territory with these deck chairs at Beer, but in my defence I love their bright cheerfulness and the promise summer will come.

Ducky’s is the beachside cafe, who appear to own most if not all of the deck chairs on the beach. It’s a nice sideline for them and a way of still earning an income even if daytrippers choose to bring their own refreshments.

I had some suspicious looks from the attendant whilst I took this photo. I’m sure he thought I was up to no good, or going to try to sit down without paying. This photo was taken early morning, before most people had arrived for the day.

Wi-Fi Here

After last week’s book swap phone box, I remembered this photo I took in London a couple of years ago.

How useful these wi-fi hotspots are these days is questionable. I’ve seen some speculation on the interweb that the process of obtaining said wi-fi isn’t that slick and may lay you open to adverts or spam emails.

The phone box is painted black because it’s owned by another company. Only BT phone boxes can be painted the traditional BS539  Telephone Kiosk Red.

Is it a…?

A phone box book swap shop in Beer, Devon

I love how this classic phone box is now used as a book swap, free wi-fi and mobile phone charging box in the lovely village of Beer. The mother and her little boy were excited to see what they could choose to take home with them.

I saw something similar in nearby Heddington, Wiltshire a couple of years ago, but sadly when I returned to photograph their village library phone box last summer, it was no longer there.

This isn’t the first time I’ve found old phone boxes reused in some way. There’s the fantastic Out of Order sculpture I found in Kingston upon Thames on the way to Hampton Court.

I hope to find more examples in the future. I’ve even thought about getting my own to convert into a small greenhouse for the garden, but they’re quite expensive to buy.

Friday Bench: Repetition

Benches at The Barbican

The Barbican does a nice line in bench repetition whether they’re outside like these, or inside like the ones I found in the Arts Centre previously.

I finally managed to find the site of Nigel Dunnett’s reworking of one The Barbican’s open spaces yesterday* and found this view looking back towards that area from where the ramp up from Bridgewater Street emerges from the road below.

It’s too early to feature the planting in detail, but I saw enough to get excited about a repeat visit later this year.

More benches: from within Nigel Dunnett’s planting scheme at Beech Gardens this time

* = it’s taken me a couple of attempts to get there. Either turn left as you come out of The Barbican underground station and up the staircase immediately at the side of the station.

Or head across the road in front of the station via the pedestrian crossing, up Beech Street on the left hand side (through the tunnelly bit) and take the first turn on your left which is an actual road.

Continue past the Exhibition Hall entrance until you find a ramp on your left which takes you onto the Barbican’s housing complex and the Beech Gardens area.

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