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Friday Bench: Spun II

Following Barbara’s discovery of these seats in South Africa in a previous Guest Bench,  I was delighted to find some of Thomas Heatherwick’s ‘Spun’ chairs on the 16th Street Mall in Denver.

They were very popular and there was lots of laughter and squeals of delight as people spun themselves round or got their parents to start them off.

Judging by the results from Google when I looked for Thomas Heatherwick chair, one of these can be yours for around £340.

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.  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 🙂

 

Friday Bench: Ceske Velenice

We stayed in the pretty north Austrian town of Gmund on holiday, remarkable because was split in two between Austria and Czechoslovakia after WWII. The other part of the town (now part of the Czech Republic) is called Czeske Velenice and was a mere 5 minute walk away across a now unmanned yet still imposing looking border post.

A little further on was the town’s (both portions) main railway station. Ceske Velenice inherited it as part of its allotted portion. Gmund’s station is tiny by comparison.

To my eye the station itself looks little changed from the communist era, though I’m sure the residents could put me right on that.

Having seen some stark contrasts between some of the towns and villages either side of the border, my husband had an interesting chat with one of the train drivers.

‘Are you happy?’ he asked. ‘Yes, I am’, was the smiled reply, ‘I don’t have the latest phone or car, but me and my family have a comfortable life. We don’t need the latest things to be happy with our friends and family’.

You might think that sounds a bit forced or rote, but hubby said his reply was spontaneous and genuine – remember I’m reporting his report of the conversation. In our world of must-haves and keeping up with the Joneses, it was food for thought.