A bench for all seasons

Trainspotting, anyone?

Trainspotting, anyone?

There's one!

There’s one!

Such a blue sky! Yes, it is England.

Blue skies! It’s an English Summer.

Delving deep into my archives, I’ve concluded that I don’t take many photos of benches.

But I do like to get out into the countryside

But I do like to get out into the countryside

Coastal footpaths are great places for a bench or two.

Especially if you have to climb up there

Especially if you have to climb up there

Ahhh, that's better!

Ahhh, that’s better!

In Giverny, at the Monet Garden, I tried to capture a very cute butterfly and her sister.

Got the bench, but not the butterfly!

Got the bench, but the butterfly nearly got away!

It was such a lovely place! Spot the bench?

It was such a lovely place, with just an occasional free bench

Wasn't it Patrick's Day this week?

It’s not every day you find a bench for St Patrick’s!

Spring has been quite unpredictable too this year.  Walking has brought a few surprises.

No sitting on this one!

No sitting on this one!

Or this!

Or this!

I can’t wait for those sunny days to get here so I can begin hunting for benches in earnest.  Have you joined Jude’s Bench Challenge yet?  Come with me!  You don’t want to miss it.


    1. No, they are two different benches on a rather nice nature trail between Grosmont and Goathland, on the York Moors railway. They are very old photos (pre-blogging) and I need to go back and do the job a bit better, Madhu 🙂

  1. love all photos, Jo! i can feel the warmth of the first few photos with the matching blue skies, benches and lamp posts! the steep hill onto the coast is quite picturesque the Monet garden is exquisite! it’s all lovely! thank you! 🙂

  2. Very cool concept Jo – what a great collection of photographs, the scenes are beautiful and benches,. I need a rest today and any one of them would be perfect.

  3. You always have such lovely, cheerful photos. I love the emphasis on benches. Ever since I saw the movie Notting Hill, I’ve been fascinated with benches.

  4. Well, for someone who doesn’t take many photos of benches, you seem to have quite a collection, Jo. 🙂 The one half way up the steep hill is such a great idea. I guess it must be very popular. The Monet garden is so lovely. I hope I get to go there one day. 🙂

  5. That’s a lovely selection of benches Jo. My favourite is the blue one at the station, in fact the whole station is rather pretty (if one can describe a station as pretty!) and I love the blue and red decor combination. 😉

    1. They do spend a lot of time and money on the North York Moors stations and they are all picture postcards. There’s a 4 mile walk from this station to Goathland (with the wooden carved benches on it) which is idyllic in Summer. 🙂

    1. Not at all! Somebody put them there for a reason. You’ve just reminded me of some more bench shots I have! 😦 There’s a tendency now to tie bunches of flowers to them to commemorate a death. Bit morbid!

  6. Jo, you do make me laugh! Oh, I don’t have many photos of benches……then you post a load, AND in the comments it turns out you have lots more….. How many is many!! 😀😀

  7. Love your view on this challenge …. love your view on the bench seasons. I think I may have walked in those coastal steps … if they are in Cornwall????!!! And I have been sitting on one of Monet’s benches. Lovely entry, Jo. Here comes a Friday hugs from me and my new notebook. *smile

    1. Whitby on the north east coast, Vivi 🙂 Are you waiting for the partial eclipse? It’s nearer you than me (that sounds silly but you know what I mean 🙂 )
      Happy weekend, darlin’.

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