Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Neglected garden benches

I go to a church for a ladies Bible Study and they have an area that is usually not accessible to the general public called Memorial Gardens. The only time I was in there was when my son got married at that church where his wife belonged. These poor benches need some rejuvination, I think. They look to be in sad shape. I reached my camera inside the iron bars of the fence to snap these two photos.

Over at RuneE's site you will find a beautiful, natural bench in the woods. I am so jealous we don't have any like it in our myriad of woods and trails in Vancouver.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Restaurant waiting bench

Inside a local restaurant named Dulins.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Gazebo bench by flower garden on Officer's Row

A friend and I wnt to see Officer's Row recently. This gazebo was next to a memorial garden in the middle of the street.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Outside theater -- gravel cast benches

I hadn't noticed these before so maybe they just put them out by the theater. They look hard and uncomfortable but would be good if you needed a break in walking or waiting, I guess.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Downtown bench

I can't remember exactly where I saw this bench -- just that I was bold enough to open a door and go inside to take it. It was in a lobby of some company downtown. The lengths I go to to get my shot when it comes to benches! Ü

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Benches At My Church

I like the curves on these!

Private Residence on Officers Row bench

This bench is also on Officer's Row. I sneaked up to the porch to take its picture -- you can plainly see that it says private residence on the steps! Ü It has a neat bench and also some other seating furniture that I couldn't see well enough to see if they were also benches of a sort. . .

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Bench at George Marshall house on Officers Row

This bench is next to an entrance. I didn't check to see if it opened up. Looks more like a window bench to me. . . I found it beautiful and would have given it a place of honor. The home was restored to the early days period of the city of Vancouver, along with many other homes on Officer's Row. This one , you can visit free of charge but they do accept dontions. The Army gave them to the city of Vancouver for one penny if they promised to restore them to the period they were built in. A couple are furnished with period furniture like in the day of their owners. The rest are rented out as private dwellings or offices but all the buildings are restored to period when built.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Bench at Pearson Airpark

We have a small airfield that has been here for many years and that's where they chose to hold the 200th birthday party for LINCOLN. It was a free event and very well done with speeches by a gentleman dressed up like Lincoln and entertainment and questions and answers and refreshments too! While I enjoyed the celebration, most of all I liked that I found this bench inside the museum area with all the old airplanes.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

More Benches from RuneE

RuneE has some neat benches on his blog that he shared with us. Malyss and I enjoyed them immensley and think you will too. Please check them out.

Dried Twisted Vine Seat

It may not be a bench exactly but it is unique! I have never seen a chair like this. I guess I could call it a bench for one? There is even a place to put your feet! It looks like long branches twisted over/bent and dried in place formed this beautiful resting place. Certainly an item to remember!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Iron scrolls curved bench

When I was on jury duty, I took a photo of a bench almost like this but you couldn't see it as well as this one today that was in a different neighborhood -- I actually went over by the courthouse to make sure this wasn't the same one I had already posted. Isn't it just gorgeous? I like the curved end -- it looks possibly like a chair, welded to the bench, and of the same design to make it curved. BUY, then the "chair" only has three legs!!!!!!!!!!!! Isn't the back ironwork scrumptious?

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Decorative stone bench

This was also in the art store/coffee shop Marketplace. It looks real regal if you enlarge it. I would never have placed it besides a wall -- would look much better in an open garden setting surrounded by flowers.

Monday, March 9, 2009

"Shoeshine Boy" Bench

I have only seen one like this when I visitd New York for the World's Fair back in the 60's. The person, wanting their shoes shined, climbed up the steps of the bench and rested their feet on the upper step for the person doing the work to shine them. The person shining shoes had supplies in the drawers below.

This bench has got to be very old and very appropriate to have it displayed in an art gallery! It is sort of an eclectic place with a coffee shop next door and tables and chairs to drink it in --in the actual gallery. I went there because the Marketplace building is a new place where they sell bus passes downtown now. I already had mine for this month because I happened to be at the transit center but wanted to check it out. We never know where we might find another bench or two. Yes I found a couple more also. . . Ü They are for another day.

If you enlarge the photo, you will notice the gold "hangers" on the right side. I wonder if those were for the cloths (shoe shine buffer rags) they used to shine different colors of shoes? I will have to look that up! (I tried but I couldn't find any information.)

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Old fashioned school desk and bench

I was walking down to the bank this morning and saw this in front of an antique store. Nostalgia set in and I decided to take a photo or two or three. . . lol I used a desk like this as a young child. If I had room for it, I would have bought it although there was no price on it. Yes, I looked.