Benches in Camogli, Liguria
Something about December makes me feel tired – maybe it’s the sending out Christmas cards (handwritten with an ink pen and with personal texts for the recipients. My Xmas cards are the one letter I send in the mail per year and so I don’t hold with buying pre-written ones and just adding my name and XOX – I feel the same way about doing that as I do about calling boxed brownies home-made, just doesn’t seem as though one is making enough of an effort..). So beyond Xmas prep, and making cakes to give the neighbours, and wrapping up the budget, decorating the house, baking Xmas cookies from scratch and trying to tie up projects all at the same time,I might just also be tired because it is dark outside when I get up and dark again by 5pm. Whatever the reason, I just want to sit down with a book and a pot of tea (and some carrot sticks, and fennel bulbs, yes I am kidding, I would prefer mince pies, but as a great band once sang ” you can’t always get what you want) and procrastinate for many hours (for the test on whether or not you are a professional procrastinator – click here). This is the last month of Jude’s bench challenge for this year at least, and she generously said, post any bench you’d like. During a recent trip to Liguria I snapped benches I came across -the one below in a park in Camogli:
A long and winding row of benches on the hillside above Camogli – with a view of the ocean just down below.
And benches in the stunning Hanbury botanical gardens – an awe-inspiring spot in Liguria – a must-visit if you are in the area, or can easily fly down there. The range of plants is fantastic, initially landscaped to the specifications of the noble English family Hanbury, the English have a talent for gardening unrivaled by any other nation, I believe. The gardens now belong to Genova university and on my visit in December the citrus trees were hung low with fruit, sages of all different types were in full bloom and the air was fragrant with blossom. I will definitely go back.
Below bench with black bamboo behind it.
Looking over at its partner bench…
Abundantly blossoming sage plants…