Views of the Neighborhood – Potpourri

Today is a sampling of some things. I started with the idea of face boards and then got a little distracted with other things along the way. I hope you enjoy today’s tour.

Views of the neighborhood

Here is a face board for a storage facility. You can also see their Farley boat.

This is in front of our vet’s office

Stingrays is a restaurant and bar

This is the Gaff’s face board. Notice that annoying fender in the way.

The fender belongs to the Gaff staff car

Of course, there are belt sander races this weekend. No, we are not going.

I love this blessing box.

A little lending library too.

The front of a gift shop.

Oceans of Seafood. A bar and restaurant.

A reminder of what can happen if you are not careful.

Coastal Ed’s Gold Cart rental

The tackle shop

The souvenir shop

A dolphin in the parking lot. Blown off the building by Hurricane Harvey.

A giant chambered nautilus sharing the fate of the dolphin.

Wilton’s Candy board

Winton’s door showing the water line of Harvey.

This one is for Craig Boyack and his Voyage of the Lanternfish pirate fantasy story.

A lovely story of the Sand Dollar.

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  1. Lovely sampling, John. The Blessings Box is a loving thing to have. Hugs for you. Xx

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    1. The box is amazing. Thank you, Jane. 😁

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  2. Impressive, dear John! True pirate & shark spirit!

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    1. Thank you, Maria 🏴‍☠️

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  3. Gwen Plano · ·

    What a fun excursion, John. I am amazed by Hurricane Harvey’s water line. Scary! Hope you have a delightful Sunday. 🙂

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    1. I could not imagine two feet of water running through my store. They were one of the first places back in business too. Thanks, Gwen. Hope you have a great day as well. 😊

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  4. Thanks for the tour! Hopefully they patch that poor dolphin up soon.

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    1. I think it may lay ther another year or so. Thinks move slow here on the island. Thanks, Mark.

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  5. Love the signs of your neighborhood. It kind of reminds me of the imagination of the fishing island I was born on and their mailboxes!

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    1. Where was that, GP? Sounds like a good story.

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      1. Up in New York. It’s about one mile long and 5 blocks wide. A very unique community.

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  6. I LOVE this feature, John.
    And the local lending library is beyond cool.

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    1. Thank you, Hook. Have a super Sunday.

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  7. Potpourri is the perfect word for this stroll around town. Seems many enjoy the face cut-out boards. Could a future post be of the belt sander races?

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    1. I’ve done the sander races twice. Not sure folks can handle another episode. Thanks for the suggestion though. 😊

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      1. Oh … and I missed both? Please give me the links. 🙂

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      2. These are awesome. Love the second one because it shows the vehicles. Even went to YouTube for videos. Amazing … even in other states … and there is a Belt Sanders Racing Association! … I like your track! … thanks for the links!!!

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      3. Any time. It is loads of fun.

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  8. Great tour! I love all of the colorful signs. Happy Sunday, John!

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    1. Thank you, Jill. Have a great day as well.

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  9. I’ve never seen so many face boards in one place, but my favorites have to be the painted waterline and Gaff’s truck. The dolphin and chambered nautilus remind me of the parking lots of various marinas here after Ike — except in that case, it was sailboats that were scattered around. Well, and there was the Mercedes that ended up in the pool at Portofino marina, and the French provincial love seat that got pulled out of a slip, and…and…

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    1. Hurricanes do weird things for sure. Some of the results are so random. Thank you, Linda. 😊

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  10. I like the neighborhood signboards, John. Tourists always seem to love those. Good pictures. It’s very colorful. 🙂 — Suzanne

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    1. Thank you, Suzanne. Glad you liked it. 😀

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  11. Great collection. Having one of those face boards in a bar should make for good entertainment.

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    1. I would think so for sure.

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    1. Look at you. Thank you, Geri. 😀

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  12. This post scratched my every itch. From pirate bars to lending libraries, sharks and go-carts. And that water level . . really?

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    1. I know right? Thanks, Marc.

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      1. Thank YOU Boss.

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  13. I echo what other’s have said about the ‘blessings’ box, John. It’s a great idea. I can see myself being photographed at the Chilla’s face board. What a hoot!. Were you not tempted?

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    1. Of course I was tempted but was the only one there. A selfie is hard without a selfie stick. Thanks, Hugh.

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  14. Thanks for thinking of me, John. There are a few places there I wouldn’t mind hanging out. Face-holes in signs are a good idea. Let’s the wind blow through when the storms come.

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    1. Ha haha. I guess…..sort of. 😂

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  15. Yeah… Harvey won’t soon be forgotten there. Sorry for the continued reminders, John.
    The face-boards are so fun! That one at the vet’s office begs for the faces of you, Lucy, and Twiggy.
    Happy weekend hugs!

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    1. It does. I should have had them with me. Thanks, Teagan.

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  16. Wonderful potpourri (perfect title, as well). Who’d a thunk there were so many face boards in one place? Love, love, love the Blessing and Library Boxes.
    You really do live in a groovy town, John.

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    1. This place makes Woodstock seem conservative.

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      1. I can only imagine! Well… get a little of an idea, thanks to your shares.

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  17. I have never liked these boards, John, but the kids certainly do. I am sure Craig will appreciate the shout out.

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    1. Thank you, Robbie.

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  18. D.L Finn, Author · ·

    I am one of those people who likes to take pictures when I come across faceboards:) What a great collection of them. That poor dolphin still on the ground though, but I love the legend of the sand dollar. Thanks for the fun tour.

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    1. Thank you, Denise.

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  19. Love it! What a fab neighbourhood!

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    1. It is a great place. Thanks.

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  20. Great photos, John! I love all the boards, but the little lending library and blessing box take the prize! I have a friend who manages a bar there in Port A, a place called Coconuts. If you ever stop in for a drink, tell Mark Alan Atwood you are a friend of mine. 🙂

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    1. Gee I have not heard of the bar. I don’t get out much so I’ll have to find out where it is. I’ll definately go in and say Hi. Thanks, Jan

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  21. What a fascinating post, John! I love the blessings box! What a kind and generous way for the neighborhood to help others!

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    1. I know right? It has been up since the hurricane.

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  22. Great views of the neighborhood, John. Love the Blessing Box and Lending Library. And the water line of Hurricane Harvey – wow!

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    1. I know right? The flood line is new so I thought I would include it.

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      1. I’m glad you included it!

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  23. What a cool town you live in!

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    1. It is very cool, Jessica. Thank you. 😀

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  24. I love the idea of a blessings box, John. That and the little free library are pretty cool. I can’t believe you don’t have a tricked-out belt sander ready for the race. Maybe next year, you can pose behind each of these 🙂

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    1. Ha haha. I used to have a sander that would have worked well. The neighbor wanted it back. Thanks, Dan

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  25. I’ve seen the Little Libraries before, but not the Blessings Box – what a wonderful idea.

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    1. I know right? There are some good things in a small town.

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  26. I think this takes the prize for the most face boards I’ve ever seen in one outing!! Nice collection, John. I, too, like the lending library (we have a couple of those) and the blessings box (we don’t have any of those, though there are all sorts of outlets designed to help the needy!)

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    1. Thank you, Debbie. The blessing box is pretty unique.

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  27. I love these shots, John. So much color and life. 🙂

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  28. Reblogged this on Art by Rob Goldstein and commented:
    from John Howell

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    1. Thank you, Rob.

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  29. They are fabulous, John. I love the Blessing Box. And the Sand Dollar legend. I have one from my only trip to the States but I won’t ever break it in half to release the doves!

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    1. Yes, you should keep the doves with you.

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  30. What a lovely colourful saunter. I too love the idea of the blessing box. We have boxes in shops to donate for the local food banks, but I like the idea of the blessing box, no official hoops to go through. I have no idea what a belt sander race is, but I see I can look that one up.

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    1. Yes you can. I think you will be surprised, Janet. Thanks for the visit.

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  31. A fantastic neighbourhood. Congratulations! In summer i will post something from here too. Horrible! 🙂 Best wishes, Michael

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    1. Thank you, Michael. 😀

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  32. How cool are these?!!!

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    1. Thank you, Laurel

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      1. Most welcome. 🤗

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  33. Love all the colors but especially love the blessing box and the lending library. 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Rhonda. I love them too.

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