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Friday Bench: Remembrance

A timely find thanks to Philippa Burough via Twitter πŸ™‚ You can see the original tweet + responses to it here.

I’ve also been looking into the soldiers’ stories commemorated in Pewsham’s street names this week. Chippenham must have one of the largest and most unusual war memorials in the country.

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Friday Bench: Le Jardin des Ombres et du Repos

Part of the Garden of shadows and repose at Chaumont garden festival

The signage accompanying this garden says:

The Garden of Shadows and Repose invites visitors to sit and rest a while on its black hued benches or meditate in the shade of its bamboos- a welcome halfway stop-off on days when a fiery sun is beating down from above. Tree ferns, dense black clusters of perennials and purple New Zealand flax contrast with tender green lawns, drawing visitors into an elsewhere with close ties to the southern hemisphere.”

Garden realised by the teams of Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire.

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 theΒ 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’veΒ added a new county – Derbyshire – to the Categories section – over half way now! [30 down, 12 to go in fact]

 

Friday Bench: Repetition

Benches at The Barbican

The Barbican doesΒ a nice line in benchΒ repetition whether they’re outside like these, or inside like theΒ ones I found in the Arts Centre previously.

I finally managed to find the site of Nigel Dunnett’s reworking of one The Barbican’s open spaces yesterday* and found this view looking back towards that area from where the ramp up from Bridgewater StreetΒ emerges from the road below.

It’s too early to feature the planting in detail, but I saw enough to get excited about a repeat visit later this year.

More benches: from within Nigel Dunnett’s planting scheme at Beech Gardens this time

* = it’s taken me a couple of attempts to get there. Either turn left as you come out of The Barbican underground station and up the staircase immediately at the side of the station.

Or head across the road in front of the station via the pedestrian crossing, up Beech Street on the left hand side (through the tunnelly bit) and take the first turn on your left which is an actual road.

Continue past the Exhibition Hall entrance until you find a ramp on your left which takes you onto the Barbican’s housing complex and the Beech Gardens area.