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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: BS2 8QD

There’s been much written in the press over the years about the ‘postcode lottery’ for various treatments on the NHS, but I never imagined a bench would feature in a health related story.

You need a postcode to register with a doctor, so how can that be achieved if you’re of no fixed abode?

A practice in the centre of Bristol found a workaround by using the postcode of a nearby park bench in Portland Square to provide the address for the homeless who registered with them.

It’s a neat way of ensuring  ‘the system’ is satisfied, so the health workers can get on with the business of providing any care needed.

It’s a while since this story was reported in The Guardian, and so it may no longer apply, but it was still worth a diversion to Portland Square when I was in Bristol late last year. The Square in question has many park benches around its sides, so I can’t say whether this is the actual bench with the postcode. Perhaps they all do?

Friday Bench: It’s a hoot

Owl Bench at Hardwick Hall

We’d only just arrived at Hardwick Hall when this unusual bench greeted us. There were plenty more inside which may feature at a later date.

I’d often spotted the Hall looming over the surrounding countryside as we whizzed past on the M1 to/from my brother-in-law’s in Yorkshire. I’m pleased we found the time to explore it on our way home on Tuesday.

I’m also pleased I’ve added a new county – Derbyshire – to the Categories section – over half way now! [30 down, 12 to go in fact]

 

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.