Benches are one of those things you find all over the world. Some are just simple and useful, while others have a charming character all their own.Benches in Princes Street Gardens on a rainy day in Edinburgh. Left: From the Walter Scott monument, Right: Along the path.
In Stratford, Ontario, there are a number along the Avon River walk. Most of them contain oval markers in memory or in honor of loved ones of the sponsors of the benches. They are lovely tributes, and provide pleasant seats to view the boats and wildlife on the river.Stratford Memorial Benches
Closer to home, two of our favorite recreational areas have benches along them. On the Air Line Trail where we often walk, there are occasional resting places. And on the Lieutenant River, there’s a bench we just love. It sits at the water’s edge on a private lot, looking out at a narrow part of the river. We only see it from the water, and have never seen it occupied. I love to imagine a grandfather and child fishing here, or a loving couple snuggled up watching the egrets hunt, or soaking in a golden sunset from this cozy spot.Airline Trail, Lieutenant River Benches
Benches for so many purposes – waiting, resting,meeting, reflection. Each perfectly placed to perform its task.
This post was in response to a challenge from Ailsa at WheresMyBackpack. This week’s Travel theme is Benches. To see her challenge and how other bloggers have responded, click here!