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Benches for looking from…..

Just creeping in at the end of the month for Jude’s series of Bench memes – this month of April is for those with a view.  I hope you enjoy my views of the sea today 🙂

In just a few months I will be able to take advantage of this view of Queen’s Beach in Bowen.  Just a short walk from our accommodation – 4.5kms of sand stretching from the mouth of the River Don down to Cape Edgecumbe. http://beachsafe.org.au/beach/qld0950

Queens Beach Qld

There is a funny little one right on the sandy beach at Monte’s Resort just an hour and a bit up the road from Bowen. http://montesreefresort.com.au/

Monte's Resort Qld

Drive a few hours down south west of Melbourne along The Great Ocean Road here in Victoria and you can see this one set on the shoreline near the lighthouse at Port Fairy – two of my ‘favourite things. right next door to each other.    http://www.portfairy.com.au/

Port Fairy

Can you tell I really need a trip to the coast lol

Bench Series – Looking at Life in Black and White

The other week I posted some benches I had seen in a garden – this month I have some in Black and White or monochrome as others like to say.  I’m not too good at spotting situations where they show up more easily in B/W so here are some I like – even tho’ they might not be the best examples.

This little wooden one was at the foot of the escalators right by a car park exit door – just in the right spot for a weary shopper to collect their bags and thoughts together before leaving.


The rotunda in the big park at Mooroolbark has long benches – just right for families to shelter from the heat – or the drizzle that was coming down this day. 


A little covered area near the pond in Kilsyth – a favourite spot for family gatherings at the weekends. A good spot for picnics – Cool in the summer with shelter on rainy days.


This is ‘My’ bench, the one featured in the header picture above – the nearby shrubs have grown and the bench now has a more mature look about it.  Sitting on it makes you feel as though you really are in the bush and not in a suburban park.


If you pop over to Jude’s blog (Travel Words) you might just see some more in the Bench Series – February Black and White/Monochrome

And if you want to join in the Bench Series she has a list of monthly themes here.  

Bench Series – On a Bench In a Seaside Garden

IMG_1590Well today we are going to be ‘near’ the sea not actually beside the sea. In Napier, one of the stops on our 2011 New Zealand cruise  – about halfway up the east coast of the North Island.

Famed for its Art Decor buildings and the fact it was nearly destroyed in the 1931 Hawkes Bay earthquake, it turned out to be a very interesting place to visit,

Hot day + lots of walking = sore feet and a need to sit down so I was on the lookout for a bench (near the sea)  I spied these near the roadside and decided Too Hot and Sunny so wandered over to the shade on the right of the picture.

Where I saw this little beauty

bench crop

Nestled there in the shade of the trees that line the Marine Parade  Gardens it was just what I needed.

Looking very cool and very inviting – a simple garden bench.

Somewhere to sit 🙂


Bench Napier 2011
Bench Napier 2011
Between the trees - the Pacific Ocean
Between the trees – the Pacific Ocean




I knew that behind the trees was the Pacific Ocean and in front a small garden bed – but because of the bright light couldn’t quite make out what was at the other end of the garden walkway..

Garden bench Napier
Garden bench Napier

Oh joy – another of my favourite things – a fountain.  A large fountain (Tom Parker Fountain) and what looked like a sound shell.

Marine Parade Gardens Napier
Marine Parade Gardens Napier

Well, that was me done for a good half hour before I wandered up to marvel in the coolness of the fountain and to discover what was at the other end of that broad expanse of green grass.


If you pop over to Judes blog – Travel Words you’ll find loads of other benches

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International Benches of the Week – Calgary

Calgary Alberta Canada is one of my favourite places in North America
I thought I’d show you some of the benches that caught my eye during our stay there last October
There were lots of them so I’ve picked out some of the stunners (well in my eyes)
As it is nearly Remembrance Day – November 11th
heres a very special bench from a special park in Calgary
This stunning carved bench is in Central Memorial Park
May we live as nobly as they died
Now don’t you think this is a picture of ingenuity and simplicity
I’m not sure who placed it there but you can see weary commuters sqatting there waiting for the bus
Nice and dry up off the concrete (and snow) in more comfort than the man further down the bus queue

There were several of these very fanciful lounge benches in a place called Olympic Plaza
Its where all the medal presentations took place for the 1988 Winter Olympics but now its a fabulous water park – a little haven in the middle of a busy city
Very basic but also very ‘modern’ looking
Space for more than one and flowers on the table as well lol
Outside what I think was a downtown – wonder if any deals are done there

And to finish off heres another with a military theme
These were in the grounds of the Aereo Space Museum
The flags are part of a memorial to pilots who were trained in Canada during WW2
They are all very normal and serve a purpose yet they are all very different