It was an inspiring and delicious day. During our tour of the kitchen garden with Head Gardener Helen, these simple benches in the shade (it was stupendously hot!), one surrounded by Erigeron caught my eye.
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.
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.
Another guest bench from dear friends Steve and Lu in Totnes, who told us about the flooded bench when we visited them much earlier this year.
This bench is near the other, less soggy riverside benches featured from Totnes thus far.