Views of the Neighborhood

This week I thought it would be fun to take some pictures of the signs people put on their houses. I have to give credit for this idea to my producer Molly.  In fact, the first photo is one in which she is very familiar. This particular sign is on a house  she did the interior design work. The owners picked up some advice that their home should be named after an animal. (Not form Molly)  An animal name is not an unique concept but the result took some finesse to work into the design scheme.

Hog heaven

The next house label keeps the animal theme but seems to have a more tasteful way of display. (This is a house in my neighborhood, and you can see the effects of regulated signage)

Heron Point

The next four are in the downtown area.

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All of them chose to go with something other than an animal name. (Unless there is something about Tiki we don’t know)

The next three continue the no animal theme.

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Howes name

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I was quite glad to see someone had a happy place all their own. The next house took a cue from the first two and decided on an animal.

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Wait. We need to see what inspired these guys to name their house the Orange Flamingo (besides too many mimosa’s)

Orange flamingos

Yup and you think this is a random stuff. The next series of photos are more or less unique kinds of labels for a residence.

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I think the last one, “This is it!” says a lot.

Here are three more unique placgues.

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Have to wonder about the canoe concept. I think “Blue” fits though.

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This one made me laugh out loud.

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I think these guys were in a hurry and had just come from a visit to Disneyland. (I’m sure Edward Scissor hands would like a few minutes with this one)

The final photo pretty much sums up the island experience.

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I hope you enjoyed the view of the neighborhood.











  1. Really colorful, John. “Blue Canoe” sounds a bit like Disney also. Your neighbors seem a lighthearted group. 😀 — Suzanne

    1. I think they have a good sense of humor. 😀 Thanks, Suzanne.

  2. A splendid variety of signage styles, John, matching the very inventive names people have for their homes. Not for them “Dunraomin”, “Traveller’s rest” and so on.
    When we first moved here, we thought we were in the commune of St Hilaire, the old name of which was Sanctus Hilarius. We thought to call our house “Funny Farm”. However, in a hamlet of three houses, human population 5 (dog population currently 6), there’s no need for names, or numbers.

    1. I can understand that for sure. Americans name their case at times so anything is possible. Thanks. 🙂

  3. We throughly enjoyed the view of your neighborhood, John. They seem to be a lighthearted group indeed. 🙂 You inspire me to take a closer look at the names and the windows of the colourful beach huts along our coast. 🙂
    Have a wonderful Sunday,
    Dina & co

    1. Thank you Dian for the visit. Our area has been described as a “drinking village with a fishing problem.”

      1. Spitze! 😀🍺🐠🐟🍻😉

      2. I have to apologize for mixing up the “N” and “A” last time. Type too fast.

  4. What a fun post, John! I never thought about so many people naming their homes, but those are great names. I was already wondering why *Orange* Flamingo, but you were right on top of that situation with the explanation in the next pic. I really enjoyed this. Mega hugs

    1. Thanks, Teagan. It was fun to do. I’m sure the police were called a couple of times, but I kept moving. Hugs and a super Sunday to you.

      1. Haha! I imagined you with a telephoto lens and somebody peeping out their windows at the man taking a picture of their sign. Keep moving was a good strategy. Glad nobody turned their dogs loose on you. 😉

      2. Thant would be a sight. Old guy running down the street with dogs in pursuit. 😀

  5. Interesting signs. Though, I have learned that coral is an animal. Forgot about that until my son started watching animal shows. Only animal connection I can think of for Tiki is ‘Riki Tiki Tavi’ the mongoose. Doubt that’s it though.

    1. Tiki Barber? Maybe.

      1. So the word ‘Tiki’ is from Maori mythology. Was the name of the first man in their creation myth. Does this count?

      2. thee you go. Thank you professor.

      3. Thank Wikipedia. I only typed the words.

  6. I love how colorful and creative the signs are, John. Yes, that was it! Thanks for taking us along. Happy Sunday!

    1. It was. Thanks, Jill. 🙂

  7. This is quite a collection, John. Funny, the hotel where we stay in Niagara-on-the-Lake (a popular tourist spot and Ontario’s very first colonial capital in 1791) is called “Harbour House” – so I smiled when I saw that sign! Great job!

    1. I wonder how many Harbor House are there in the world. Hmmm 🙂

      1. Just two: Texas and Ontario!😊

  8. John, I so love traveling around your neighborhood with you! What a cool idea, naming one’s home. That’s so beacy-y. Midwesterners don’t typically name their homes, as I’m sure you recall. And what a pretty day you had for photographing!!

    1. Thanks Debbie. Te high clouds helped with the photo’s too. 🙂

  9. What fun! Inspired people live on Port A! Thanks John. > > >

    1. Thanks for the visit, Pat. So nice to have housetop by.

  10. Great idea for a post. So what’s yours called? I vote for Boxer’s Retreat, in keeping with the animal theme.

    1. We have not named ours. I like the idea of Boxer’s Retreat. Thanks, Craig.

  11. Some really catchy names!

  12. What a fun tour! It is always fun to see how people name their homes, especially those vacation or second homes. Port A is always colorful! You must come up with a name for yours.

    1. I was thinking of Tumble Downs but my wife forbids it.

      1. I don’t blame her! You are creative and can come up with something better. lol! But Tumble Downs is very creative I suppose and

      2. Not sure I’m up to the task. Thanks for th vote of confidence, Jo.

  13. Love the signs. Some of the names are quite creative.

    1. Thanks, Michelle.:-)

  14. Huge fan of the orange and the orange flamingos. After a few or a lot of mimosas one can still find home. Just logical in my book…giggle.

    1. Like a beacon. Thanks, Audrey. 🙂

  15. I love your beach house photos. I’m only 9 weeks from getting back down to the gulf. I don’t remember if my friend has named his place. I’ll have to check that when I’m down there.

    1. Thanks, Phil. Check it out. 🙂

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