Category Archives: Wiltshire

Friday Bench: The Repair Bench

Hubby and I love the programme The Repair Shop and often discuss which item we’d like the team to restore for us.

One of our garden benches used to belong to my parents in-law. It resided in their covered porch and was a useful stopping off point when loaded down with shopping.Β  It’s now our favourite bench in the garden and I love its more unusual design.

However, we’ve not looked after it that well the past couple of years and it was in sore need of some tlc. One replaced slat plus a couple of coats of timber preserver later and it’s as good as new.

Whilst we sat drinking coffee on it earlier this week, we talked about our bench’s former use and realised this was the very object we’d have taken along to The Repair Shop if asked, and we’d tell them how it brings back happy memories when we sit there. On the other hand, I’m happy to have my very own in-house Will Kirk πŸ™‚

 

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Friday Bench: Blackbird

I found a rather startled blackbird perched on my garden hose yesterday morning. By the time I’d grabbed my camera she’d unruffled her feathers, moved to the bench and was looking more with it. She mostly kept to the patio area all afternoon – she can fly though so all is well πŸ™‚

 

Bubblegum Pink

I went to Bristol by train recently and was surprised to find this bright pink Gumdrop near the ticket barrier. I whipped out my camera to take this photo, much to the amusement of the ticket attendant.

“That’s new, how long has it been here?” I asked her.

“Oh about a year”, she replied. So much for my powers of observation then.

“Not only that”, chimed in a fellow passenger, “it’s made out of recycled chewing gum.”

I looked more closely and by gum, she’s right…

Topsy-turvy

A different way of seeing Lacock Abbey… from inside a camera obscura placed in the grounds. The projected image is always upside down, hence this topsy-turvy view. William Fox Talbot used a similar one at the Abbey for his research into photography.

It would be great if the National Trust moved theirs in front of the window which Fox Talbot used to produce his (and the world’s) first print from a photographic negative. It would have a sense of the world turning full circle.

It was a strange feeling to be in what looked like a shepherd’s hut and to find this projected image when the door was closed. Even stranger to see other visitors upside down as they passed by!

The National Trust have at least one example of a camera obscura view of the Abbey in their archives. This one is a view of the cloisters.