Friday, 7 August 2009

Bench of the Week - in a sylvan glade

This week's bench is situated in a sylvan glade of almost ethereal beauty. Coming round the edge of the surrounding trees the beholder is entranced by the light, the jewel-like greens and the delicacy of the acers set among tall dark conifers.

Your feet brush softly through the daisy-rich grass as you head for the bench set back among the trees. Hush! Do not disturb the tranquillity, make no sudden sound against the background hum of bees.


Your seat is comfortable. It's high back beckons you to rest, to lean back - maybe to sleep among the trees in this secret place. Sweet slumber ...
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(The sylvan glade is at Thorp Perrow Arboretum, North Yorkshire. Situated near Bedale, it is a very favourite place of mine, to wander long among the trees imbibing the atmosphere and enchantment.)

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'Bench of the Week' was started by RuneE of Visual Norway. Other participants include Barbara Martin, PERBS, Malyss, and Ackworth Born - do visit their blogs to see their Bench of the Week on Fridays! This week we also have a new participant, Monica the Garden Faerie!

39 comments:

Barbara Martin said...

I can hear the buzz of the bees, the stir of the wind through the leaves and the warm sun bathing me into a doze. Wonderful location.

My bench is up a bit earlier than normal to keep up with those across the pond.

Amelia said...

OOOOOOooooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, SO love it. It is peaceful and breathtaking! Ahhh. :)

PERBS said...

Looks like a gorgeous bench in a beautiful area. I could see myself sitting there for a spell. Please drop by and see my bench --it was not posted when you dropped by and I would love to have you see it too.

RuneE said...

You have described it very well - it gave an ethereal feeling. A place to reflect on all things green.

PS Thank you for the comment and the further link that I don't think I have.

Malyss said...

The place is soooo beautyful and peaceful!
To sit there with a good book, among birds and bees,what a dream...

Monica the Garden Faerie said...

Thanks for linking to me. One day, I might be organized enough to have a posting solely on benches, and on the correct day, even! I love the twisted form of the tree in the foreground, too.

Monica the Garden Faerie said...

I just noticed the cactus murals in your sidebar. Are you painting those? They look so realistic and fit right into the setting. It's so awesome you can draw/paint! (They're paying you, right?!)

Your EG Tour Guide said...

What a lovely place to sit and observe, ponder, or meditate.

Diane AZ said...

A delightfully tranquil setting to take in all those gorgeous shades of green.

Prospero said...

Wonderful surroundings. A place to commune with nature.

Rob (ourfrenchgarden) said...

A nice place to sit!

Phoenix C. said...

I thought you would like the location of this bench, Barbara!

I'll come and see your bench now ...

Phoenix C. said...

Glad you like it, Amelia! I always say Oooooohhhhh every time I visit Thorp Perrow Arboretum!

Phoenix C. said...

It's the sort of place where once you sit there, you want to be there for a long time, PERBS!

I'll come across and see your bench now ...

Phoenix C. said...

It does have a wonderful green-ness, RuneE! And in the Autumn, magnificent shades of orange and gold in the various Acers.

Phoenix C. said...

And a bar of chocolate too, Malyss, to complete the paradise!

Phoenix C. said...

I look forward to your bench posts, Monica!

Thanks for the compliment about my cactus mural! The photos are of the one I did for the Botanic Garden in Durham earlier this year. Yes, they did pay me!!

Phoenix C. said...

It is indeed, EG Tour Guide. The Arboretum as a whole is very refreshing and inspiring.

Phoenix C. said...

There are a lot of different greens there, Diane - and they all kind of resonate, giving different feelings in the various parts of the glade.

Phoenix C. said...

It is a great place to commune with nature, Prospero - being so vast, there are always parts of the Arboretum where one can find solitude.

Phoenix C. said...

It is, Rob - one could sit there all day!

Anna said...

Zzzzzzzzzzz - I have been transported to the land of Nod and oh such sweet dreams. Another perfect little gem of a bench Phoenix.

Phoenix C. said...

Thank you Anna! It is so good to sit and dream in a green glade, isn't it!

Bim said...

This place looks rather heavenly.
And you've almost converted me to taking photos of benches, too - I find that I notice them more and more when I'm out and about!

Phoenix C. said...

Thorp Perrow is certainly a heavenly place, Bim!

I hope you do get converted to photographing benches - I'll be really interested to see your finds!

Pondside said...

That bench, that glade - so peaceful.
I had to smile at your Sylvan Mystery in a chocolate pot!

Phoenix C. said...

A sylvan scene and yummy chocolate combined - what could be better, Pondside! :)

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Wow so wonderful shots !! Lovely and peaceful..Thanks for sharing..Unseen Rajasthan

Phoenix C. said...

Thank you Unseen Rajasthan! It is a peaceful spot.

lynn'sgarden said...

Beautiful, Phoenix C.! So soothing the different shades of green. The mystery art solved by chocolate...I love it!

Phoenix C. said...

Thank you Lynn!

I think most things are solved by chocolate! :)

Becca's Dirt said...

I just love the bench. Your writings take me there. Lovely visit.

Phoenix C. said...

Thank you Becca - glad you enjoyed the bench!

Aiyana said...

Your prose almost lulled me to sleep! It's a gorgeous place, and I'd love to take a nap right there on that bench.
Aiyana

Phoenix C. said...

It is a lovely place, Aiyana, and you feel as if you'd wake up to see fauns and dryads dancing among the trees!

VP said...

I love the lighting. I was so entranced, I almost missed the bench!

Phoenix C. said...

Thorp Perrow is a very entrancing place, VP!

lazyclick said...

Nice shot.

Phoenix C. said...

Thank you Lazyclick!