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It’s a blog about gardening, allotmenteering and my life based in Chippenham, Wiltshire. Spiced with a sense of humour, but also insightful, it reflects my wide ranging interests. Poised on the cusp of a life shift, I’m a Jill of all trades, interested in everything that happens along my path.

Friday Bench: On the Tiles

A great guest bench and find from my friend Roz on her recent trip Seville, which also adds to the countries tally for Friday Bench 🙂

She said on Facebook:

“I have to admit it was rather cold to sit on but I’m sure the cool tiles would be lovely in the summer heat!”


Friday Bench: For Toby

Who needs a tiny little plaque when you can proclaim loudly and proudly whose life this bench commemorates?

Sadly Toby died too young (aged 20) and the memorial fund raised in his name paid for defibrillators to be placed in the town as well as 3 memorial benches in his name.

You May Telephone From Here

This might be the smallest telephone box ever! Squeezed inside is the brightest of yellow phones, which looks quite out of place when compared to its more ancient surroundings.

I found this at the gateway to Powis Castle, so we assumed it’s to ask for entry when the gate is locked.

Musing on Padlocks

I’m intrigued why people add padlocks to prominent public places like these I found in Liverpool recently.

Then I looked closer than usual and realised many are personal messages and commemorations, similar to those often seen on public benches, but usually for happier events. There are even companies who’ll customise padlocks for just such an eventuality.

And then, there are some padlocks which look like faces or even miniature works of art.

I shall look more carefully in future.