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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

A Natural Stone Bench

Yet another use for my pickup load of stone the other day is a bench for the little people. No I'm not talking fairies, elves, or garden gnomes but my two girls.  Of course anyone else who might happen upon the bench and need to take a load off their feet is welcome to do so.  I was lucky to find the main bench stone among all those other stones. As you can see it's very thick (around 5-6 inches) and long enough (around 3'-3'6") to be perfect for a small bench. I needed two other stones that were of sufficient height to raise the main seat up and keep it level. Since the ground slopes to the right I selected one that was slightly thicker for the right side while another smaller one was selected for the left side.

 


One of my concerns was that the stones be stable enough that neither of my children would get hurt by a rolling stone. I shimmed up the underside of each side stone with smaller flat rocks until the bench seat was set with only a minor wobble. To test it I jumped on it a couple times, stood on it and wobbled back and forth, and of course sat on it for a couple minutes to watch the birdbath garden. Then I had my oldest daughter test it. She sat, wobbled, and jumped too while I stood next to her just in case and we declared it safe. Since the bench stone weighs more than she does I highly doubted that anything she could do would move it.



I've worked the bench in so that it smoothly fits in with the stone borders around the area, at least as smoothly as rough hewn stone can be. It rests underneath a birch tree that was new this spring and beside a beautyberry which is also a 2009 addition. My hope is that the underside of the bench will serve as a toad refuge since they like to hide underneath rocks and I will always welcome insect and slug predators to my garden! Perhaps I'll nickname the bench, "The Toad Stool". We'll see!

9 comments :

  1. am I nuts or does it look a little like ET's head with one eye open?

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  2. Dear Dave .. I have to admit I am becoming very envious of your stone/rock missions in the garden. Well done ! .. I might just have to start looking for more now myself ? ;-)
    Joy
    P.S. I'm sure the "little people" will get a lot of enjoyment out of it too !

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  3. Gardenbre,

    Um..I don't see ET but that doesn't mean you're nuts, just special ;). Everyone sees things different though, almost no one saw my penguin the other day!

    Joy,

    I'll keep an eye out for them and report back!

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  4. I like the Toad Stool! It's a perfect spot for small people and even smaller critters. gail

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  5. The toadstool is perfect. The bench is a great size too!

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  6. I think it looks great! I fno one is sitting on it it still blends in and looks just like a larger stone in the border.

    Jake

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  7. What a nice place for the girls to sit & enjoy your garden. :)

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  8. Hi Dave, that is one fine bench stone! Good job and test driving it to make sure the little ones won't get hurt. You have really made the most of those stones! :-)
    Frances

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  9. Good use & provides a resting place for the girls. I imagine they get pretty tired gardening with Dad.

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