Bench series #28

For the month of July I’m looking for a bench with ‘Unusual Details’ 

(This month I want to see photos of a bench which is different to the norm. It may be the shape, style, length, height, colour, material or even location that attracts your attention)

This unusual bench is found in Abbotsbury Sub-tropical Garden in Dorset. Carved from a fallen oak tree the seating part is probably the least interesting. Just look at those hounds chasing the fox! (click on an image to enlarge and scroll through the gallery)

If you would like to join in with the Bench photo challenge then please take a look at my Bench Series page. No complicated rules, just a bench and a camera required 🙂

  • Create your own post and title it Bench Series: July
  • Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too
  • Add the tag ‘bench series’ so everyone can find the benches easily in the WP Reader
  • Get your post in by the end of the month, as the new bench theme comes out on the first Sunday in August.

My Picks of the Week:

Pauline got in early with her wonderful surfboard seats. Join her for a winter stroll along the Gold Coast. You’ll be filled with envy!
Another stroll with a lovely bench at the end from VioletSky so if you get tired you can have a rest. And Jo throws in a very industrial looking bench that she found on her walk. Debbie is back with a delicately engraved bench on the Fens and another engraved bench is provided by Anabel, this time with a lovely inscription. Julia has a techno bench and Isobel was drawn into the challenge when she found a poignant bench in Winchester.

There is a toss-up for the most unusual though, between another one from Pauline and one from Tgeriatrix. What do you think?


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I now live back in the UK, but spent several years travelling the world and then living in South Africa. I look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

67 thoughts on “Bench series #28”

  1. I think I would go for the bathtub as the most unusual (though reading the comments, it seems it’s not unique). Thanks for the mention. I should have another to link tomorrow.

  2. I like your carved bench a lot, also the stone bench with the objects pressed into it. The most unusual has to be the rotor blades bench though. Shame it doesn’t look very comfortable!
    Regards as always, Pete. x

  3. apart from the nice looking animals, I like that they carved the tree’s name and dates on the side!

    another bench
    and thanks for the mention (people, feel free to leave a comment, even though it’s an older post!)

    1. Yes the date of the life of the tree is a nice touch. The fish and otter (?) and bird section is also very good. You have to click on the image to see it better.

  4. The benches keep rolling, Jude (unlike Fed 😦 ). I love that tree you’ve found. Very touchy feely! 🙂 And I’m torn between the bath and propeller. Decisions! Decisions!

    1. I guess that is why Novak is #1 – I don’t think Fed played as well as he did on Friday, but then maybe that was due to Novak’s returns on his serve. All done now for another year – sigh!

    1. Be lovely to see what you have found – I don’t seem to have that many unusual benches – well, not unusual compared to some of the ones I have seen linked to on here!

  5. Wow Jude … what a special find! The dog chasing the fox is simply amazing. Any info provided on who did this work, or why? I liked the dates provided on the bench – kind of like a memorial stone on a grave.

    1. No info Jo. Maybe they were done with a chainsaw? Seems to be a popular thing to do at the moment. I liked the date too. As you say like a memorial.

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