Bench Series #45: Mosaic benches

“A bench with a message” is the requirement for Jude’s Bench Series this month. I hope these two lovely mosaic benches seen at ‘Glass Cuttings Gallery’ at the Piggly Wiggly country village on the Midlands Meander route, will qualify.

These pretty benches are a couple of creations from the “Fragments of Africa” collection by Sarah Pryke.


They still have their price tags attached, and this one of a “Pied and Malachite Kingfisher” will cost you R4,800.


I wish you all a very happy and relaxing weekend. I’m happy to report that my sister is back home and recovering well. Her surgeon says that she is allowed to paint for limited amounts of time once she feels up to it, but at the moment she’s sleeping quite a lot and just getting her strength back.

Bench Series #45: Heroes bench

I thought I didn’t have a bench photo for Jude this month, but yesterday being Remembrance Sunday, brought to mind my visit to Carr Bank Park in my home town of Mansfield, earlier this year. In June 2011, the families of seven local servicemen who had been killed in action since the second world war, placed plaques bearing their names, rank and regiment and when and where they died, on a new War Memorial built by the Mansfield’s Heroes Memorial Trust.


This touching and elegant memorial stands between two rose gardens. The stone was quarried in nearby Derbyshire, and the three big black granite teardrops which represent the armed forces, were imported from Portugal, whilst the black granite-look bench came from Spain.


If you have any bench photos with a message attached, or with an autumn theme, pop in on Jude’s Bench Series #45.