Bench series #45

For the month of November I’m looking for a bench with either a message OR an Autumnal theme

(any kind of writing will do, it could be a message, a plaque, a dedication or even a map)

Autumn in RHS Wisley in Seven Acres

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: November
  • 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 December.

My Picks of the Week:

Some very exciting messages spotted this week – have a look at Violetsky, Anabel and Elaine for interesting inscriptions. And Dawn is looking Shady this week.
Debbie and a newcomer Junk Boat Travels have benches with a political message, who’d have thought that?
Tish as usual has a bench with a story, can’t keep a good writer down, whilst Judy has the most beautiful commemorative bench that I have seen. I’m sure they’d all love you to pop in and say hi.

As always there are so many delightful benches to view, including several newcomers,  I hope you will check out the other links within the comment section.


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I live in the UK, but when I was younger I spent several years travelling the world followed by a period living in South Africa. I look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

95 thoughts on “Bench series #45”

    1. This one is from a few years ago with the grandchildren (you can just spot them in the background), a favourite meeting place for us when I lived ‘down south’ 😀

  1. I have to agree that the commemorative bench with the birds is rather magnificent. But I am drawn to the ‘segregated’ bench, with its historically political message.
    Regards as always, Pete. x

    1. I’m guessing you don’t really get an autumn in Florida. Or winter. I would miss the seasonal changes, though I certainly wouldn’t miss the greyness…

        1. Haha, probably! What made you decide to settle in Florida? Your son is further north isn’t he? I can see that being north wouldn’t be appealing when you are used to the heat and humidity of Durban. I must admit going somewhere warmer and sunnier is appealing during the winter months.

      1. Hi Jude (or should I say Hey Jude? 😉) good to hear from you, I’m fine thank you, just busy! Probably shan’t post much for a while

    1. Sounds as though you live in the wrong part of Canada for good autumn colours. Too many of those fir trees? You can share mine for a while longer, but the leaves are gradually coming down 😦

  2. Done it again! I stop to visit the other benches on the way down and can’t remember what I was going to say about yours when I finally get here. 🙂 Grandkids! You’ve been digging in the archives again. You must have been photographing benches since you were young! (ahem 🙂 ) Are there 52 or 53 weeks this year and will you fit all your benches in, or will you have to hand the baton on to someone else?

    1. A few years ago, not that many. Since we moved here anyway. 52 weeks and no, I have many, many benches that will go unpublished 😦 but like all good things the challenge will end at the end of December, unless someone wants to continue it. I have my eye on other things…

    1. You are on the ball! Yes the new blog will go ‘live’ on 23rd November – but the first couple of photos have already been posted on the flower blog so you won’t be missing anything. Thought I’d dedicate a blog to the macro lens so I can experiment. And thank you for the benches. What is it about the Lake villages that is so attractive even in the wet?

      1. Presumably you’ll focus on things other than ‘just’ flowers, or there’ll be a lot of duplication? I wondered what had been keeping you out of mischief 🙂
        The stone is lovely, even when wet, isn’t it? I took a couple of close ups but didn’t want to ramble on too much. (I know- doesn’t usually stop me 🙂 )

        1. Yes, hopefully not just flowers, but I won’t post macros of flowers on the other blog, I’m going to keep that for garden visits/walks and the challenge I am going to run next year. Cutting down on blogging as hopefully we will be moving, but I’m still not holding my breath…

        2. You WILL be moving! I have booked a long weekend in August. The guest bedroom will be ready by then, won’t it? 🙂 Joking, of course, Jude, but I’m sure you will.

        1. I missed my blog friends too. Now I have a few days to catch up with every one before we head off again. Will keep an eye out for your new challenge.

        1. Ah, reading your comments the wrong way round. A year since I was in Sydney, doesn’t seem that long ago. I’m sure you’ll have fun there, you always do 🙂

    1. Now that’s an unmissable bench – though I obviously missed it on my visit to Blarney Castle back in 2003. Maybe it is new 🙂
      Thank you for the link.

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