Tired? Elated? Solitude? Crowded? There's a seat for you.
Seats are not always just for sitting on and not always along the side of a road.
A sprawled out individual overlooking a stretch of water that disappears into the
horizon is often linked to the idea of freedom.
There's something magical about a seat in an area of outstanding beauty, especially
if the sitter has the time to visually take in the landscape. Reaching out for that
flask of tea and a biscuit, from a rucksack trapped between their light-weight boots,
ramblers who have climbed hills and mountains, feel elation on their physical triumph.
A long look at how far they have climbed, makes the effort and hot, sweaty socks
worthwhile. But not every high-point has a seat, but always a sitting down place.
Sitting on a seat so far from traffic noise that the place is silent, makes one appreciate
solitude. It's well known that the human brain drops down an aural filter if a person
lives near a railway line, flight path or main road. After a while, the noise is
blanked out. The opposite may be true for a location with no road or commercial sounds
- the ears are seeking distant noises, indicators that civilization is still moving
about, out there.
A seat may be located to provide an interesting local view for a pedestrian, rather
than a walker, say at the far end of a village street.
Seats accommodate those wishing to meet up, talk or share a sandwich, fish and chips
or other Take Away food together. This is more noticeable in seaside towns. You'll
notice seats and litter bins are located together, where the sitting visitor is likely
to have some packaging to discard.
Seats in retail area are like a parking zone for shoppers. Bags surround the feet.
Children explore the floor and under the seat. Mothers shout and other shoppers look
You can find outdoor seats in areas of free public access, such as restaurants, hotels,
B&B, public houses, shopping malls, farm shops, parks and so on.
Tourist places of interest have seating, but sometimes the visitor has to pay an
Transport. You'll always find seats where trains, buses and airplanes intersect with
walking travellers. Only VIPs change from limousines directly on to the steps leading
up to an airplane's door. No waiting around for celebrities and important people.
A seat is an invitation. In some locations, a necessary amenity provided by Councils.
Where and when did you last do more than just sit on seat? A seat with a view? A
seat to recover? A seat to chat? A seat to eat?
Perhaps you may be able to simply admire the aesthetic qualities of the next seat