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Anyone who has followed this blog for any length of time will know that we are prone to buying almost as many benches and chairs as plants. This is because we like to provide points at which to sit and contemplate the views, or simply to take a rest in the shade.
Today I followed the cloud-diffused sun around the garden, photographing a selection of the seating arrangements.
Many, like this pair of chairs in the front garden, were bought very cheaply from Efford Recycling Centre.
This bench, recently moved from the grass patch to the Dead End Path, was from the same source. It is, in truth, a bit rickety, and therefore rests against the butler sinks.
Our four large wooden chairs made by a local carpenter, cast interesting shadows on the patio.
Looking a bit battered after its journey from Newark to two London addresses before being extensively repaired by me two years ago, this bench is a replica of those at Nottingham Castle. It is perfectly sturdy.
Jackie found the cast iron ends of this seat, now resting on the Heligan Path, in the shrubberies. I bought the wood and fitted it together.
A cluster of metal chairs is loosely arranged on the gravelled south end patio;
this one has strayed a bit, presenting a view into the Rose Garden,
where this elegantly ornate chair is one of the features.
Our most recent dump acquisition has replaced the earlier mentioned bench on the grass patch. It is made of light and strong aluminium, but could do with a paint job.
A variety of wooden seats, like this one outside the stable door,
this beside Elizabeth’s Bed,
these along the back drive,
and this beside the Brick Path facing the Phantom Path, were obtained from the same source.
Others, like this one alongside the Head Gardener’s Walk, came from IKEA.
Beside the same path, in the arched Gardener’s Rest was furnished by the recycling centre.
Aaron recently added touches of paint to this iron bench bought from Ace Reclaim architectural salvage outlet. Beside the Shady Path it looks across the Palm Bed.
This evening we dined on juicy chicken Kiev; sauteed leeks, peppers, and mushrooms; crisp carrots, broccoli and new potatoes; followed by Bakewell plait and vanilla ice cream. I drank more of the syrah, and Jackie drank a blend of Bavaria and Hoegaarden.