Friday, November 27, 2009

A Monastic Bench

I'm back at the Lyse Kloster (Lyse Abbey). I don't really know if this is is a bench since I was not around in the 12th century when this was built. I can only imagine a couple of monks sitting down here for some intricate discussions.

My own interest in benches originated by reading the site published by PERBS and Kerri, and the site published by Malyss. Also, others showed an interest in the subject, so I started to take photos of benches I "stumbled" across and posted them on Fridays. It was never meant to be a "proper" meme (so it may not always be possible for me to find an appropriate bench for a Friday), but others joined me in publishing benches on (mostly) Fridays . I therefore never made a blog roll, but visits to my former posts (see archives in the sidebar), to the previous mentioned sites and to Gerald's site Ackworth Born, Gone West (he keeps a small list of benches he finds on his way) might be profitable.

32 comments:

roentarre said...

This one definitely has amazing texture and impact

Good capture

Dimple said...

I have been enjoying the shots from the abbey. This is certainly like a bench, even if it wasn't intended to be one by the builder.

I have a bench this week...

Jeni said...

Was this in a recent post you had here -the one where something like this, if not this, really caught my eye in your photo? It is a fascinating thing to look at, that's for sure and even more so when seen closer up than in the earlier shot.

Ken Mac said...

beautiful capture of a mysterious wall. It is attached to a larger structure. How old is it?

Carolyn Ford said...

What a beautiful photograph this is! I love the simple green leaves hanging over the wall. This is intensely interesting and mysterious.

Carolyn Ford said...

My benches at the Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA are at:

http://carolyn1209.blogspot.com/2009/11/benches-of-week-grand-canyon-arizona.html

ANNA-LYS said...

Not only do You present great pic's - You always makes us sit down and imagine and reflect - we need more of this bench marks.


<3

Have a lovely weekend

Malyss said...

Maybe it's a little narrow for a bench, and it's only a detail of architecture. But in those times, monks where not supposed to live in a comfortable way, they also were not supposed to talk together, so, maybe, it's a bench, especially made to discourage them !!
Anyway, the picture is strong and beautyful, and the place always very attractive!

John said...

Good architectural shot, uncomfortable bench.

Rune (Bildebloggen) said...

Historisk flott benk denne gangen Rune, her er det rom for ettertanke når man hviler beina sine. Ha en fin helg :)

Gärdsmygen said...

Hade varit intressant att se munkarna sitta där och språkas vid.
Ha det gott i helgen:)

Arya said...

En majestetisk benk på et fantastisk sted! Og jeg likte behandlingen din av bildet!

Dina said...

Shalom Rune, did you receive my comment this morning? I know I have had trouble with my comment moderation for several day, and now it looks like the ones I wrote disappeared. Always some new problem on Blogger.

I wrote you that if that was really a bench, your monks must have been into asceticism.

My airport synagogue benches (if they can be called that) are posted.

Anne said...

Snakker du om håndtverk!!! Virkelig bra både konstruert og ikke monst foreviget av deg :-)

Fin fredag til deg Rune!!

Klem.

Randi's Tanker said...

Et praktverk av en benk! Jeg reiser mest til utlandet, men du verden hvor mye flott det er å se i Norge! Lyse Kloster har jeg aldri besøkt. Skam meg!

Mht kommentar på bloggen min: Ta C-vitamin du, men D-vitamin er like viktig!

En i Kreftforeningen sier: "Dersom du er ute en halv time midt på sommeren, får du like mye D-vitamin som når du drikker en liten tranflaske." Derfor kjøper jeg 3 uker med sommer hver vinter, så kan jeg kutte ut tran disse ukene :-)

God helg Rune!

imac said...

I bet they were comfy too with their backs against the wall.

GAWO said...

Det var benken sin det!
Synes jeg ser munkene for meg. Hadde jeg vært en nonne skulle jeg ha satt meg der.... men det er jeg altså ikke "flirer godt"

God helg til deg Rune. Jeg skal se om jeg ikke kan grave fram en benk til deg. :-)

Sylvia said...

Magnificent construction. The picture is fantastic.

GAWO said...

Benken er på plass.
Det er bare å ta en tur :-)

John`s Photography said...

Dette var benken sin det :)

RennyBA's Terella said...

Glad you joined this bench them as I love it and this one was a great contribution to the theme!

Marka said...

One can only image the theological discussions that took place there.

lynnwiles said...

Such an interesting place and I think it can be called a bench, no one is around to dispute this anymore.

Lene said...

Duu, så spennende! Jeg holder med deg i teorien om at dette er en benk. Tenk da, på alle tanker som har surret på denne - på alle som har sittet på den, og alt som har blitt sagt - og sett herfra :)

Du - du kan forresten kalle meg en krakk...1! Hehe, neida. Men John har en tendens til å kalle benker for krakker.!? Jeg forsøker å lære ham at det er to forskjellige ting. Mye mer romantisk for ham og meg å sitte på en benk, enn på en krakk sammen, haha ;)

Jeg er treeeeg - veldig travel uke - men det ble benkinnlegg på meg og denne uka :)

Lene said...

Neste uke legger han ut "crack of the week", hehe ;)

Lene said...

Glete å si: Jeg har brukt "den vanlige" supervidvinkelen min, men lagt kameraet ned på enden av benken. Har gjort dette med noen andre benker og - spesielt ett bilde jeg er kjempefornøyd med, men det hadde tapt seg såpass mye i monochrome, så jeg valgte å spare det til en senere benkepost.

ArneA said...

kjemebilde min venn

becky at abbeystyle said...

thanks for going back to Lyse for a second look around--love those abbeys!!! And thanks for the chance at imagining the life of monks so long ago...

PERBS said...

A bench is a bencn is a bench is a bench!!!!!! That's a pretty old one!

Gerald (Hyde DP) said...

If those stones could talk - marvellous photo - love the textures.

Ida said...

Veldig flott! :)

katney said...

Lovely--charming--delightful bench!!!