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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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Facing Chairs


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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gardeninacity 08/03/2015 - 2:23 am

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

Sunil 16/03/2015 - 9:44 pm

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!

aberdeen gardening 08/03/2015 - 11:08 am

Now in the Autumn of my life, words like these have never before been so meaningful.

Sunil 16/03/2015 - 9:51 pm

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.

Alain 08/03/2015 - 11:59 am

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

Sunil 16/03/2015 - 9:52 pm

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

casa mariposa 09/03/2015 - 2:19 am

Beautiful! A garden means more when there is someone special to share it with. 🙂

Sunil 16/03/2015 - 9:53 pm

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

Stacy 12/03/2015 - 6:44 pm

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

Sunil 16/03/2015 - 9:54 pm

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.

Jayne on Weed Street 14/03/2015 - 9:00 pm

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!

Sunil 16/03/2015 - 9:55 pm

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.

Jean 17/03/2015 - 1:08 am

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

Sunil 26/03/2015 - 7:59 pm

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?”

mattb325 28/03/2015 - 1:29 am

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

Sunil 28/03/2015 - 5:53 pm

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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