An unexpected continuance of last week’s bench with spring wild flowers theme. I’ve been meaning for ages to photograph the restored ex bench in the Donkey Field nearby.
A walk back from town in the spring sunshine last week provided the ideal opportunity… and the discovery of a flash of butter yellow cowslips to brighten my view.
Looking at the previous photo, it’s interesting to see how the bench’s surroundings have changed. When it was an ex bench there was lush growth around it. Today’s bare ground and a stray pop bottle suggests it’s well used.
It’s that usage which probably allowed the cowslips to re-emerge or take hold for the first time. Around here they thrive and provide delight where the grass is kept relatively short.
A double Friday bench from my friend Barbara who took this picture on Friday 14th April 2017.
“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.” – Charles Dickens.
Sums up this day perfectly 🙂
It’s not often that a bench hits the international headlines. Even less so when it appears to be at the centre of a spy drama. The fact that it’s such an ordinary bench and around 40 miles from me means it just had to feature as a Friday Bench.
There’s no photo as they’re copyright, so you’ll need to take the link.
We embark on a series of guest benches courtesy of Barbara and her recent trip to South Africa. Thanks for adding a new country to Sign of the Times, Barbara!
Zeitz MOCAA opened in September 2017 and the contemporary re-design of the original waterfront grain silos was by Thomas Heatherwick; he of the new London bus and 2012 Olympic flame fame.
Heatherwick Studios also designed today’s featured seats. They’re called ‘Spun‘.
Our first bench of 2018 is a Guest Bench from my ever reliable friend Lu. I love the muted moody blues of this scene reflecting the stormy end we had to 2017, which then leached through into the New Year.
I’m not sure if the planters at bustling Covent Garden are designed to double up as benches, but those waiting there seem to think they are. One poor person’s phone is so heavy, they need to rest it on the roadworks sign as well 😉