One of the nicest things to come across while walking and enjoying our outdoor spaces is a well-positioned bench or seat. I discover them frequently on my meanderings and am always happy to sit a while and contemplate my surroundings.
Often these are memorials to others and have been placed where they are by loved ones, or as a bequest, in order to commemorate the life and passing of a family member or dear friend. Individuals or couples who are no longer with us but have once enjoyed the same corners, views and walks that we do and wanted to share their connection with a special place in a tangible way for others to take pleasure in.
One of my favourites is the seat across the path from Tuhawaiki Jacks Point Lighthouse on the coastal walkway. This one was erected in memory of man who tragically died as a result of a motor cycle accident in 2007. Beautifully hand carved and positioned overlooking the surf below and out to the wide ocean beyond. It’s a place to seek comfort and a poignant reminder for his friends and family but, to those of us who may not have known him, it is a place to stop and rest, savour the fresh air and to think of the people who have lived their lives and have gone before us.
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