(I have just had my third lie-in and its bliss!)
It has been a phenomenal year for us.
Very successful, with lots of new projects taken on.
But now is the time to relax,
and not even think of the year ahead.
That will follow in between Xmas and the New Year.
Rest is vital.
And like food and drink, the gift of rest is one of life’s basic hospitalities. Both for one’s self and others!
And it is something that garden design should acknowledge both in terms of selecting:
- the ideal place to rest,
- actually putting a bench or seat there
- and put the type of seating that suits the garden.
Sometimes this is where the client steps in and chooses. This may be good, in which case you are delighted.
If not you have the good grace to acknowledge to yourself that they have personalised the space as they have chosen.
I.e. it is a joint project, not an installation! It is their garden, not yours.
But we are always ready with suggestions and do offer our input because the use and focus of the design is all part of the designer’s brief.
So I was interested to see in The Garden Design Journal:
Cranborne Stone’s Purbeck Wave Bench. It is made of cast stone and you can have it in a choice of 7 colours to suit your local stone. It costs a mere £450 excluding delivery.
If anything I find myself liking the plain, straight version even more. (There are times when even a slight wiggle can be a complexity too far!) And that is £414 excluding delivery.
I think the price is a gift and I love the sculptural and focal qualities of either.
There is also a curved version of the plain bench. And you can buy planters to match so could accessorize your garden with a whole look.
I have not yet seen all my friends and relis for Christmas so if anyone is stressed as to my preferred present……
Or possibly the lovely Lesley, my business partner, will feel that after my sterling work all year this ‘gift of rest’ is an appropriate bonus!!
Category: Design Bites