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Garden benches that call your name

“The many great gardens of the world, of literature and poetry, of painting and music, of religion and architecture, all make the point as clear as possible: The soul cannot thrive in the absence of a garden. If you don’t want paradise, you are not human; and if you are not human, you don’t have a soul.”

― Thomas More

Gamble Porch

This is view of the planters, bench, and beaming of the front porch of the famous Gamble House in Pasadena, CA. By Mattnad via Wikimedia Commons

“The kiss of the sun for pardon,
The song of the birds for mirth,
One is nearer God’s heart in a garden
Than anywhere else on earth.”

― Dorothy Frances Gurney

 Pál Merse Szinyei - On a Garden Bench (Sketch, 1873)

On a Garden Bench, Szinyei Merse, Pál – (Sketch, 1873) By Fine Arts in Hungary via Wikimedia

“Gardens and flowers have a way of bringing people together, drawing them from their homes.”

― Clare Ansberry

Wooden garden bench and trellises

Cozy; wooden garden bench and trellises. By Vanderlei Bailo via Wikimedia Commons

“A poet is a verb that blossoms light in gardens of dawn, or sometimes midnight.”

― Aberjhani

Renton - Waterworks Gardens grotto bench

Renton, Washington; Waterworks Gardens grotto bench. By Joe Mabel via Wikimedia Commons

“A garden isn’t meant to be useful. It’s for joy.”

― Rumer Godden


Courtyard at “Asaoka Mamataki no. 1,” A historic stone curbed well head is re-used as the courtyard’s ‘landscape vase’ focal element. Carved stone benches create sitting alcove around the wellhead. By Tak1701d via Wikimedia Commons

“You’re not a gardener, are you? So perhaps you don’t know that once a garden is established, much of good gardening is about removal rather than planting, honing what you have to produce a pleasing effect, sacrificing the particular for the good of the whole. Gardening is a creative pastime, but the result is always a work in progress; unlike a painting or a piece of music a garden is never fixed in time.”

― Rosalie Parker

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Park of Obernfelde Manor in Lübbecke, District of Minden-Lübbecke, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. TUBS via Wikimedia Commons

“I haven’t much time to be fond of anything … but when I  have a moment’s fondness to bestow, most times … the roses get it. I began my life among them in my father’s nursery garden, and I shall end my life among them, if I can. Yes. One of these days (please God) I shall retire from catching thieves, and try my hand at growing roses.”

― Wilkie Collins

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Glennie School netball team, Toowoomba, Queensland, 1924. Teacher posing with the 1924 girls’ netball team. The young women are arranged in a group around garden furniture in the school grounds. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland via Wikimedia Commons

“A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they will never sit in.”

― Greek proverb


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Lolling at Caffè Divano

Today, Gary, Nan, Otto and I will be lolling around at Caffè Divano in Port Moody. I’m sure part of our conversation will be about clay! A nice way to spend a summer afternoon… I wish you could join us!

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Goblets just asking to be filled on a hot summer day

It happened all at once: Hot Summer Nights, Dog Days of Summer, A Real Scorcher. Humid heat breaking through a La Niña July. Market umbrellas open, barbecues sizzle, and we work up a massive thirst. What we need are mondo goblets to quench ourselves. Iced tea, h2O, Sangria, lemonade, what have you, but please put it in something big and fun! A big ceramic goblet stays cool in our hands and is pleasing to the eye. The funkier the better….

Andy Nasisse Ceramic Art — Incredible imagery, marvelous designs. These would be like drinking from sculptures….

Fruity Goblets — We can only wish with these ultra specimens! A feast for the eyes: Carmen Miranda meets Fred Flintstone…

Cheeky Tiki — These Cheeky Tahiti goblets are a must! Mai Tai, lounge lizard music, rumba!

Umbria Fruttiera Wine Goblet — This is lovely piece from “a small hill town near Assisi. This small, family factory has been making ceramics for generations.”

Nature’s Adornments — Billed a medieval stoneware goblet. This appeals to me because it holds a lot of liquid and it will stay cool to the touch with iced beverages.

Katie Scully Ceramics — This lovely porcelain vessel is glazed a soothing color and it looks like it would feel good to hold.

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