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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: The Jo Whiley Scent Garden

Fantastic bench adorning the Jo Whiley Scent Garden at Chelsea Flower Show

Apparently the designers – Kate Savill and Tamara Bridge – asked on social media for favourite scents to include in the design.

Some of these are inscribed along the  wall  behind the bench. They include tree blossom, violets on family walks, tomato plants, and processing sugar beet. Freshly baled haylage came out top!

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Friday Bench: Le Jardin des Ombres et du Repos

Part of the Garden of shadows and repose at Chaumont garden festival

The signage accompanying this garden says:

The Garden of Shadows and Repose invites visitors to sit and rest a while on its black hued benches or meditate in the shade of its bamboos- a welcome halfway stop-off on days when a fiery sun is beating down from above. Tree ferns, dense black clusters of perennials and purple New Zealand flax contrast with tender green lawns, drawing visitors into an elsewhere with close ties to the southern hemisphere.”

Garden realised by the teams of Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire.

Friday Bench: Peace Bench

A guest bench today courtesy of Twitter and Historic England, who posted recently on unusual war memorials.

This particular bench commemorates peace and was donated by the Quakers of Hastings to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

The feather on the bench represents the white feathers bestowed on the street – usually by women – to men of forces serving age who were not in uniform. It was a way of denouncing and shaming them.

Quakers are advocates of peace and many of them were conscientious objectors during WWI, a group often awarded the white feather. Many Quakers who objected yet did choose to serve in some way drove the front-line ambulances, not a job for the faint-hearted.

Friday Bench: Ermioni

Steve and Lu have been in touch again with guest benches from their recent travels; from Greece this time 🙂 I’m intrigued by the position of these benches as they seem to be ignoring the view!

Ermioni looks a great place for a visit – a peninsula on the Peloponnese, thus surrounded by the sea and great views on three sides.

Steve’s email with this photo was headed Even better!

Thanks guys, I have bench envy!

Friday Bench: Therapy on a bench

See the video mentioned via this link.  It’s well worth your time as the story is both heart warming and thought-provoking. As The Guardian says on its website:

“One in four people in Zimbabwe experiences mental health problems but there are only 13 psychiatrists in the country. To help plug the gap, Dixon Chibanda has developed a scheme to train an army of grandmothers, who offer a listening ear on park benches. The scheme challenges the stigma surrounding mental health and provides the women with company.”