Two Chairs

Two chairs, together, just slightly angled towards each other, under a blossom tree or looking out through tiers of green or in the garden, nestled among tightly enclosed borders. To me, nothing symbolises close intimacy, deep companionship and long-life “togetherness” more than this.

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It’s amazing what can be read in this simple arrangement of two pieces of furniture. When I look at these pictures I can’t help but ask myself, “I wonder who sits on those chairs, who is on the left and right, is it always the same?”, “How close together are this couple, what have they been through, how long have they been together?”, “Do they sit and hold hands?”, “Do they talk or just take in the view and the beautiful surroundings?”.

Of course, all these questions are rhetorical; I already know the answers. My other half and I sit on those chairs, I’m on the left, usually always. We’re close, we’ve been though a lot and we sit and often hold hands, sometimes talking, sometimes silent, sometimes eating, sometimes arguing, but always together and always angled towards each other.

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  1. A sincere and heartwarming post. Lovely photographs, as well. Reminds me to take more time to sit in the garden when the weather warms.

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    1. Thank you, Jason, I’m also looking forward to when the weather warms up and I can put the chairs underneath the cherry blossom, just like the picture!

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    1. Hello Alistair, I’m glad you found them so meaningful, I’m not sure what prompted me to write about the pair of chairs. I guess its because it’s been a recurring theme all these years, the patio chairs, dining chairs, bistro chairs and bedroom arm chairs are all set up like this. I see it everyday.

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  2. A beautiful post Sunil – very inspiring. One can feel how authentic your feelings are.

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    1. Hello Alain, thank you; I’m glad it does justice to how I was feeling at the time of writing.

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    1. Hello Tammy, that’s definitely true, my other half doesn’t like gardening, but certainly can appreciate the results!

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  3. That’s so lovely, Sunil. Wishing you and your other half much joy together as you sit in those chairs.

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    1. Hello Stacy, thank you for stopping by, when the weather warms up and we sit outside, I’ll certainly be enjoying those moments together in the sunshine.

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  4. What a romantic heart – your partner for life is a very fortunate person. I hope you are soon sitting in those chairs outdoors enjoying your garden!

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    1. Hello Jayne, it will be some time before we’re able to sit comfortably outside, in the meantime, there’s nothing stopping us from sitting together inside, looking out onto the garden and planning away.

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  5. What wonderfully evocative photographs. Even without your explanation, the pictures tell the story.

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    1. Hello Jean, I’m glad the story comes through the pictures, I would think that most people would look at them and think, “what so special about a picture of a couple of chairs? Is it meant to be art?”

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  6. Hi Sunil – this is such a lovely post! I’m enjoying reading your blog and watching the transformation of your current garden. It’s always so rewarding being able to make your own mark on a place to make it something truly special and personal

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    1. Hello Matt, thank you! I’m glad you’re enjoying the posts on here and following the “restoration” of the garden. There are only very small pieces of the garden that really feel “mine” right now – some small beds and borders round the house – but it’s only just passed Year 1 and hopefully there are many, many more to follow and I’m looking forward to those.

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