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10 April 2009

Front Row Seats...

What a pity flowers can utter no sound!
A singing rose, a whispering violet, a murmuring honeysuckle,
— oh, what a rare and exquisite miracle would these be!"
--Henry Ward Beecher

If gardens were music
-- beautiful on its own, to be sure --
the addition of a gorgeous bench would be akin to
adding a soulful violin to the piece.

There is something
wildly romantic
about benches that
the elements
have weathered
to perfection

The artistic and melodious curves of
the beautifully aged metal arms
gently swirl
in their
with Father Time.

Looking like flowers themselves...

or the perfect piece of Art...

A garden bench
is the exclamation point
at the end of what seemed to be an absolutely perfect statement

...and now would be so utterly pale without it.

My heart is hooked on old garden benches.

See what other bloggers are hooked on at Julia's hooked on Friday party over at
Hooked on Houses...


Have a wonderful weekend
and if you celebrate it, a lovely Easter.


vicki archer said...

I adore benches too, Isa. Happy Easter - love the last shot, xv.

Maya said...

Me too, love benches, they invite us to pause..., gorgeous pictures.

Reese & Marie said...

Hi Isa! Thank you so much for commenting on my blog! I am in love with yours and will be back from now on to visit regularly. I'm going to add you to my blog roll too. I love your sense of style and the amazing photography and sense of armchair traveling I get when I visit is so inspiring. Keep up the good work! Love it all....


Reese & Marie said...


Would LOVE to see more of your home {and guest house}! hint hint hint

modernemama said...

So restful and Easter appropriate

DesignTies said...

Your pictures and words are so beautiful :-) You made me feel like I was right there with you, about to take a seat on one of those fabulous benches :-)

I love benches too. There's just something about them... maybe because they're a reminder to sit back, relax, and just take a few moments for yourself :-)

Love the shot looking right through the arm of the bench in the 5th picture.

Thanks for visiting my chocolate post. Hope you were able to find some chocolate in your kitchen to satisfy your craving!!

KElly @ DesignTies

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

You have found some beautiful old souls in those benches.

That bunny shot takes my breath away...remember when?

Courtney said...

What beautiful words to accompany beautiful photos! Hope you have a very Happy Easter as well.

katiedid said...

What gorgeous photos! Did you take all of these? Lovely...just lovely. What a beautiful way to step into the Easter weekend. Thanks!

once in a blue moon... said...

oh i was so happily enjoying the garden, personally it does sing to me, i hear it daily... anyway i was lost in dreamland until the little easter girl, oh my, it made me gurgle, what a fabulous shot!

the only reason you have seen any posts from is it has been raining, i am still dirty, but for shorter hours, and so enjoying the garden as it comes into all her glory.

have a happy easter darling, i personally will be od'ing on see's~

Helen said...

The musician in me is touched by your post today ....

Misti of Studio M Designs said...

Okay--it's official. I'm in love with your blog...and your music. I am adding to my playlist right now.

The photography here is just beautiful! I too adore a great garden bench. Simple outdoor artwork. Thank you for joing the party, so that I could find you.


Puna said...

I love this! Happy Easter to you!

Artsy Fartsy said...

What a great blog, I found you through Savy City Farmer! Cant wait to read more, your posts are great! Janna

Sares said...

Thank you for stopping by my Loveleigh Treasures. I love getting new visitors. I've not seen your blog before and I think it's gorgeous. I loved the day in France, but I don't know if I would ever bring myself to crawl out of that bed. I suppose for a day in France I could be persuaded, but it would be very very hard. I'll come back soon. Have a happy Easter Weekend!

jerseygirl211 said...

Hi Isa,

My husband brought home more of those strawberries today, they are just as big and good as the last ones. :)

Were your ears ringing this week? My DH is making a base for cabinet that will house my Grandmother's dishes. The base is like the one you like for the bathroom sink you show on your sideboard. Do you remember me telling you that my husband could make that for you, if only we lived closer.... Well, I asked him again if he would like to take a trip to California.;) I said that a beautiful girl, with a lovely name, would really like to have one made for her bathroom sink. (hint, hint) :)

He has one more to make for our daughter, that one will have a shelf on the bottom, so I'll take a picture when it's finished and send it to you.

Have a HAPPY EASTER weekend.


Velvet and Linen said...

I could imagine sitting on one of those lovely benches and enjoying the gardens! What a great way to spend a Spring day.
Happy Easter, Isa.


ImagineCozy said...

What a soothing site you have, I loved the music, it really made me want to wander through those gardens and sit on those lovely benches. Thank you

Renae said...

absolutely wonderful photos...thanks so much for sharing and thanks too for coming by...I am going to add you to my faves so I can keep up!
Blessings for a wonderful Easter celebration.

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

I have a wonderfully rusty old blue iron bench in my back garden that sits amidst blue hydrangeas. I do love it. And I'm crazy for that little bunny with the basket in your last photo!! Adorable.

Have a lovely Easter weekend!

Jacque said...

What a nice photo collection of benches, I have three benches in my yard. two are in places for viewing wildlife the other I am not sure will hold me anymore so I placed three watering cans on it, still charming! Have a wonderful weekend and a Happy Easter~Jacque

viera said...

Have a lovely Easter weekend, Isa.
Love all your shots. Just beautiful.

Brenda@View From The Pines said...

I just stumbled upon your blog. I so enjoyed your lyrical prose. And your insightful photos. I am adding you to my blog list!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Beautiful! Have a wonderful Easter weekend!

Julia @ Hooked on Houses said...

What a gorgeous post! Love the photos and the words that went with them. Thanks! :-)

Catherine@Simply Natural said...

What a lovely little 'trip away' you have provided with these gorgeous images, beautiful words and lovely music! I have a rusty little bench at the end of my tiny garden, which I love.

Kim @ Forever Wherever said...

Beautiful benches! I love bench photos...I could hang them all over my walls!


niartist said...

LOVE THIS, and that last image is just toooooo cute!

Linda/"Mom" said...

* I always love visiting here~~~ just your "header" alone is soooooo fab to look at!... BUT, that LAST pic? WELLLL, it's just soooooo divinely sweeeeet!!! Am happy you shared it with us! Easter's blessings to you & all your loved ones, and thank you for always having such a great blog to visit! Linda *

cityfarmer said...

girl, you are my kinda' woman...i adore a great bench

Zita - Mlle Magpie said...

What beautiful garden photos! But that little bunny is the best!

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