Views of the Neighborhood


This week saw the annual Animal Rehabilitation Keep sale and auction. This event is always well received since the items offered for sale are those that have washed up on the beach throughout the year. It is hard to believe that these items were at one time floating in the Gulf. Just looking at them brings up stories in the mind. (Well, at least to a fiction writer.) I have selected some photos of the more unusual items.

This first picture will give you an idea of the interest in the sale

ARC Sale

This is a shot of some of the buoys that have been found. There is also some electric lights that have fallen off oil rigs.


No one should be surprised by a kayak getting free but a boat ladder? Also, notice the old dugout canoe remnant.


Some more floats, buoys and an ice chest.


Here is a photo of a beautiful piece of rope. Those colorful balls in the background are floats.


I had to laugh at the shovel collection and imagined some guy somewhere pitching his shovel into the Gulf claiming accident.


Here in Texas, we get a lot of dross from Louisiana. Looks like a fence got washed away for the bayou.


Life preservers are a big item. One hopes they were not on someone at one time but just floated free.


Of course, balls get away and make their way to land. Can you say, Wilson?


The last is a photo of the chief scientist at the Animal Rehabilitation Keep, Tony Amos. He is a treasure and is decked out in red and a black hat.



I hope you enjoyed the tour.


  1. Gwen Plano · ·

    You are right…a lot of stories here. Especially intriguing – the weathered dugout canoe. Great tour…

    1. Can you imagine how long that thing was in the water. It would make a nice yard piece though. (No, I didn’t bid on it)

  2. What a great event, John. Oh Wilson…I cried during that scene. Happy Sunday!

    1. I know right? I knew you would get it. 🙂

  3. Great tour this week, John… reminds me of the news story from New Zealand this morning about the mass beaching of whales. Thanks for the interesting look at stuff that washes ashore!

    1. Those whales give me great concern. Something is wrong there. Probably Trump’s fault. 😀

      1. He’s coming out with a whale ban for US waters… they’re fleeing to New Zealand.

  4. Very cool event. Is that a hula hoop in the sixth picture?

    1. Yes. Funny huh? I can see someone doing the hula hoop and a huge wave takes it away from them. 😀

      1. I was thinking that or somebody mistook it for a life preserver. Though think you’re scenario is funnier.

  5. I’m with you, John. I hope these things just fell off of something and people had the good sense to let them go. On the other hand, I can’t help thinking about a guy in Louisiana, trying to shovel the tide and giving up in frustration.

    Have a great Sunday.

    1. Ha ha ha. Thanks, Dan. 🙂

  6. How much do I owe you for the tour, John?

    1. Pat the puppy and we are even.

  7. Applesauce! That rope is huge! I wonder how that happened.
    I’ve fallen into a strange self analysis… I could have looked at 100 of these photos, John, and still been fascinated. I’m just not sure why. I suppose (for me) it’s as you said — all the stories. Hmph…
    What a wonderful neighborhood you have. Have a sublime Sunday. Mega hugs!

    1. Thank you, Teagan. There are so many things to wonder about when you see what has washed up. The photo of the Louisiana signs also has a pair of oars that were hand made and attached o a handmade boat the washed up onto a nearby island. The theory is someone made a boat to escape from somewhere and probably did not make it. This is the kind of thing that these artifacts bring to mind. Scrumptious Sunday to you. Hugs.

      1. I expect the handmade oars and boat were snapped right up. If the condition was poor, it just added to the story.
        Scrumptious Sunday… I was just thinking about lunch… Busy Sunday for sure. I do a lot of multi-tasking on Mondays, as that’s my 1 telework day. I accomplish a lot more at work, and a bit of chores too. But I lose that this week. (Meetings with a boss who can’t use modern technology — like the telephone.) So I’m rushing around.
        I think there must be a scrumptious Stouffer’s in the freezer. 😉

      2. OOOOh Stouffers. Lucky you. 😀

  8. So did Tony Amos wash up somewhere too? I like the fisherman’s float tube. Hope he wasn’t in it for a week or so.

    1. He has been here forever. He looks like that may have happened.

  9. Tell them to hold that big float for me. I hear the crappies are getting big in Loon Lake and my old drop line bobber just ain’t cutting it.

    1. ha ha ha. I could see you cast with that float. 🙂

  10. Good morning, John,
    Quite an example of the human-made pollution of the seas, isn’t it?
    Have a wonderful Sunday,

    1. Another one in the spam folder.

  11. Hey, that’s my football. 🙂
    Amazing what can be found.

    1. Should of told me. I could have bought it.

  12. I’ve never seen anything like this 😄.
    Amazing that people want to buy them

    1. It is isn’t it? 😀

  13. Yes, Tony Amos is a treasure. Glad that these items might be recycled.

  14. Never heard of an auction like this, but it makes sense. And so many people lost their Wilsons!

    1. I know right? Thanks, Teri.

  15. You live in an interesting place, John. Something going on all the time. Amazing what escapes to set itself free into the gulf. 😀 😛

  16. Wow! What a hoard of loot the gulf coughed up and for a good cause at that.

    1. The Gulf that keeps on giving. Thanks, Michelle. 🙂

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