Saturday, November 15, 2014

From Notting Hill, with love...



For June who loved this garden
 From Joseph who always sat beside her... June Wetherby 1917 - 1992


From one beautiful garden to another.. I hope June would have loved the view here in Queens Gardens as much as she did the view in one of the private gardens in Notting Hill, possibly Hempel or Elgin Square Garden.. quite the love story. Check out the scene here from the 1999 romantic comedy Notting Hill at about 2.20 minutes in you'll see this very bench that Hugh Grant and Julie Roberts sat their derrieres on.. big deal I know, but it's the rest of the story that caught my attention..


The bench, now sitting sweet in Queens Gardens was acquired as a birthday present for a loved one here in Perth and inscribed 'Rodd & Nicole 2002' sadly the affair wasn't to be and the bench was donated to the gardens where Rodd is very happy that it has become a special place for others to enjoy.. altogether awww :)


.. and just as a matter of interest, for cricket fans and unromantic's, not that I'm implying cricket fans are unromantic :) the light towers you see below from across the garden light up the grounds of the WACA (West Australian Cricket Assoc.) where right at this moment the One Day International cricket series between Australia & South Africa is occurring! It's going to be a busy weekend in Perth, how about you, what are you up to? Enjoy and take care.. p.s. this one's for you Malyss.


31 comments:

  1. I'm not into cricket, so I prefer the romantic part of this post :)
    And I love the stories about those benches xxxx, they make me think
    about my "good old times" again :))
    Wish you a fine weekend!
    ʚ Knipsa

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  2. Loved both the stories about the bench. Very romantic and the other a bit sad. Nevertheless, the reflections in the water in all the shots are stunningly beautiful. Have a lovely weekend.

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  3. Hello Grace!! This bench made a long trip! I love the film and i watch it over and over again! Is it allowed to sit on this bench?

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  4. I'm not a cricket fan and I've never seen Notting Hill but this "For June who loved this garden From Joseph who always sat beside her."
    is so romantic!

    Queens Gardens is beautiful and I love the reflections.

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  5. Love these shots and the info on the benches. Beautiful park!

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  6. Well, I'm sure I won't be playing cricket or, for that matter, watching it. Nope, with any luck, I will, though, be able to catch part of the Redskins vs. Buccaneers "football" game. :-)

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  7. What a great post and photos of a beautiful park, Grace!! You do find the best things of photograph and I'm SO glad you share them with us!! Have a beautiful, fun weekend!!

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  8. Great post. Fascinating story aside - and it has many potential tributaries - that's a lovely looking park. Notting Hill is a fun movie. Have a great weekend.

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  9. Well I certainly appreciate a good bench. I built one myself years ago and it is a lot of work! Nice shots of this one!

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  10. Love the stories behind the bench, Grace!
    We have the 110th annual Santa Claus Parade taking place on Sunday so I will be up early and down to take some pics of the floats before the parade begins. You can get right up to them as they sit lined up on Bloor St.

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  11. Ho, Thank you, Gracie!!
    What a fabulous story behind this bench! And what a fabulous place to keep it I love the "Notting Hill" movie,I'll never look at it the same way from now! :o)
    this post is very romantic!

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  12. magnifique endroit et la dedicace du banc est trop romantique ;o)

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  13. Sigh... Love... And such a beautiful location!

    (Despite having tried very hard when I lived in London for ages, I never quite grasped cricket rules. I did enjoy playing rounders though!)

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  14. I loved strolling here with you.



    ALOHA from Honolulu
    ComfortSpiral
    =^..^= . <3 . >< } } (°>

    "Let silence take you to the core of life." ~Rumi

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  15. Sure is a beautiful place. Nice story too.

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  16. Idyllic is the word that comes to mind and it is indeed an elegant bench. I just have one question: If it's Notting Hill that who's the hill is it? :)

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  17. the garden is beautiful and the bench sits in a lovely spot but it was the lights that caught my attention. They are really cool, I've never seen any like that and the image reflection is great.

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  18. Serene is the first thing that comes to mind for me.

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  19. I love Notting Hill and the reflection in that last shot.

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  20. Ein sehr schöner Park und eine schöne Geschichte über die Bank.

    Gruß
    Noke

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  21. I guessed this post would be about the bench! It's such a romantic story. I always photograph my overseas visitors sitting on the bench, so they can tell others they have sat on that same bench as Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts...

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  22. A romantic story about the bench. It must have had many visitors by now enjoying the views.

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  23. Beautiful area. Glad you explained the light towers. Those things are surprisingly tall -- and close to the park. This is the first time in quite awhile I'm in town for the weekend, so I'm going to spend it catching up at home. Hope you have a good weekend!

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  24. What a pleasant and calming view sitters will have here. No wonder the couples enjoyed this bench.

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  25. A gorgeous spot!! I watched the you tube video but the volume was too low and I could not adjust it. I like you photos much better!!

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  26. I can't believe that bench made it's way all the way to Australia! I remember that scene very well. And it's sitting in such a gorgeous setting.

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  27. That is such a sweet serie... I like this bench : I can picture myself with my lover enjoying this beautiful spot in the park... The engravings on the bench are very moving : what a lovely tribute.

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  28. Loved this - loved the movie and yet again, you surprise me with your Perth discoveries. Well done, Gracie. This post also inspired me... to think about who Rodd and Nicole actually were. I've scheduled the blog post for tomorrow on francesmacaulayforde.wordpress.com Hope you like it. :-)

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  29. You mean a guy bought this bench for a woman he loved, then got rejected, gave the bench to the park, and is happy that people get a reminder of his humiliation every day??? That is one &%#$@ed up guy.

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  30. I really like reading what's written on donated benches. Very cool.

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