Views of the Neighborhood and a Surprise

Another slow day in the neighborhood, so I thought I would catch up on my top of the mailbox photo collection. Just as I was finishing up, I came upon a surprise.

Views of the neighborhood

The car in the foreground is a 1954 Cheverlot Bel-Aire. The one with the hood up is a 1967 Pontiac GTO. The green one is a 1956 Plymouth Belvedere. I was on a road with no pull-off and a truck behind me, so this was as good as I could get.

Views of the neighborhood

So, back to the mailbox toppers. Here is an eagle that made me cautious in taking the photo.

The sun makes it hard, but this is a bright metal bowl.

Here is a cute bowl of succulents.

Kind of mid-century modern.

Big ole yellow bowl. The sign says its a wildlife sanctuary. (In the middle of a subdivision? Right. I guess it makes the owner feel better.)

A non-descript rock. Looks almost like sandstone.

Here is that cute raccoon-like figure. I couldn’t resist.

Big gothic bowl. Looks like something used in sacrifice.

Perkey cat. Can’t help but smile.

An urn that looks like a fire should be burning in it.

Little white bird.

This is a pig but hard to tell. You can see I’m coming up on those cars.

I hope you enjoyed the tour. We had some rain today, and I wanted to take a photo of the rain gauge, but Twiggy kicked it over before I got to it.

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  1. Great tour, John. I love the mini car show. Those are classics. I love all the variations on the tops.

    Maddie welcomes Twiggy to the photo-ruined-by-dog club. Her membership certificate will arrive in 8-10 days.

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    1. Thank you, Dan. Twiggy is honored to be part of that club.

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  2. Nice collection. Wonder if the bowls double as bird baths after rainstorms.

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    1. Most are filled with dirt that you couldn’t see in the photo. I took the shots from below so the dead plants and weeds didn’t show. 😊

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      1. Oh well. I was close. πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ

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      2. Yes you were. Hahahaha.

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  3. What lovely pieces of whimsy for people passing by!

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    1. I think the same, Pamela. Thank you.

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  4. So much more interesting than a regulation-height slot in the front door, John.

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    1. Yes they are. Thank you, Keith

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  5. Gwen M. Plano · · Reply

    What a fun tour. How about interviewing some of the owners (by phone of course)? I suspect the owner of the mailbox with the “non-descript rock” to be an interesting character. LOL! πŸ˜€

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    1. I’m sure there is a story there. I’m also sure I would get a ton on hangups if I tried to get to the bottom of some of these things. Thanks, Gwen.

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  6. These mailbox toppers are so cool. And what a score with those cars. Too back you couldn’t pull up behind and get closer. Makes you wonder just what was going on there…

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    1. I read a little on “Next Door” which is our neighborhood site. This guy has seven such cars and they are parked in fromt of his house. His neighbors are apoplectic about it. I for one liked it.

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      1. Seven! Whoa! Wonder if he revs them just to annoy them…πŸ˜‰

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      2. Hahaha. I would think that would be one way to get their goat.

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      3. 🀭

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  7. I enjoyed the drive around the neighborhood looking at mailbox toppers and speculating a bit. The eagle is my favorite. It says people with gravitas live here, and we don’t suffer fools gladly, Speaking of which, when Twiggy kicked over the rain gauge, did she get the stink eye or the eye roll ffrom Lucy?

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    1. No she got a frown from me. Lucy couldn’t care less

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      1. Ha ha! πŸ˜€

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  8. That Twiggy! She’s like Dennis the Menace…always up to something. I love the succulents! Thanks for the tour. I always love to see the classic cars on the road.

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    1. Yes, these are all licensed as normal cars. So they are obviously driven around.

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  9. Very cool old cars! I am surprised no one has a fountain as a mailbox topper. That would be different. πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing, John!

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    1. Oh, what a great idea, Jan. I’m surprised too.

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  10. Thanks again, John, for showing those mailboxes. I really like the different mailbox decorations here. The most curious mailbox I once saw – and I still regret that I didn’t go back there with my camera – was one in the shape of an airplane on a 10 or 15 foot pole, with the inscription “air mail only”! πŸ˜€
    According to the weather map, you got more rain than we did. Our rain gauge barely registered any.
    Have a great Sunday,
    Pit

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    1. Thanks, Pit. I think we got about a half inch maybe a little more.

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  11. Oh don’t make Twiggy feel too bad over kicking over that rain gauge — you’ll probably be getting some more from those two hurricanes out in the Gulf. Loved the tour — those classic cars look like they’re in pretty good condition, and I like that bowl of succulents.

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    1. Twiggy usually gets instant forgiveness. This case was no different. Thanks, Debbie. We hope we get some and that the storms are no too vicious. 😊

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  12. Always enjoy your tours, John. And the idea of topping mailboxes like that is something I’ve never seen. Of course, in my neighborhood, they aren’t imposing structures like those, but even in places where they are, I’ve never seen folks adding toppers.

    BTW, any urban yard can qualify to become an official wildlife sanctuary if it provides shelter, food, and water for any species of wildlife, such as birds and squirrels. That yard was wooded enough to house all sorts of birds, I think, so I’m guessing they’ve either added some feeders or know that bushes bearing fruits or seeds are plentiful. Throw in a birdbath, and count the trees as shelter for nests, etc, and voila. A happy place for avian wildlife. πŸ™‚

    Twiggy and Lucy might have something to say about that idea in your own yard, of course. πŸ˜€ After all, that’s their sanctuary, and they’re probably all the “wild” anyone could ask for. πŸ˜€

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    1. Thank you for the information, Marcia. More power to them then. Yes Twiggy would put on her puma mode and that would be the end of all competition. Lucy would lick them all to death. 😁

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      1. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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  13. Loved the tour, John. It makes me wonder when people chose to start adorning their mailboxes? It is so rural here, everyone still has just a box on a pole in the ground. Very whimsical!

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    1. Thank you, Maggie. That is a good question on how it got started. Maybe some research is in order. 😊

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      1. That would be fun to read.

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  14. Some great toppers here, John. You have shared a picture before of one with a rock on top of it. An interesting decoration.

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    1. There are a few with rocks. Thanks, Ronnie.

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      1. It’s all in a name, John. Have a great new week.

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      2. Typo. Sorry about that Robbie

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      3. Haha, I thought you’d just guessed that a lot of people make this mistake. Giggle!

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      4. Well the N is close to the b. 😁

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  15. Loved the tour featuring such interesting and unique mailboxes. Our neighborhood is pretty dull with regular metal mailboxes…boring! We need to learn from your area.

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    1. I must say it does liven a trip down the road.

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  16. These stone mailboxes look sturdy. Nice that owners can personalize them a bit. I like the ones with a bowl. The cars were a nice surprise and a good way to start the tour. I had heard Austin got some rain but we didn’t get any of it here. Cotton farmers don’t want rain as they are still harvesting. Looks like we will miss the hurricanes this time.

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    1. Yes we got a nice rain, Jo. We so needed it. Looks like the ‘caines are staying East.

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  17. Sunday is certainly the day for classic cars, at least around here – now I see by you as well. I love knowing that someone has taken the time to keep them running.
    Those mailboxes are all creative. No one coping their neighbor, also good to see!

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    1. Thanks, GP. Appearently these are for sale. My wife filled me in when I got home. I would love that GTO

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      1. Good choice!! πŸš“

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  18. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

    I love how different they are are. I’m fond of the eagle and cat πŸ™‚

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    1. The cat actually looks like it sees something in the tree above its head. Thanks, Denise.

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  19. Thanks for a fun and interesting neighbourhood tour, John. I love the mailbox toppers, and those classic cars are the bees knees 😁

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    1. I know I was surprised to see them there.

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  20. I like GTOs so much I gave one of my characters one. You might borrow it and take us all on a road trip.

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    1. I loved the cover with the GTO on it

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  21. Wonderful tour John.. love how creative your neighbours are with their mailboxes and I think those vintage cars need further exploration.. some stories there I am sure..x

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    1. Thank you, Sally. Yes the story is the guy has cars for sale and all the neighnors are up in arms.

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      1. Oh dear.. sorry to hear that, but I suppose if he is tinkering a lot the noise of revving engines might be disturbing..xx

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      2. The fact our city does not allow stree parking is also having these folks see red.

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  22. Are those mailbox toppers a thing across all of America or just in your neighbourhood? Unfortunately around Australia they’d probably go missing or be vandalised.

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    1. Nop just in my neighborhood. I’m sure there are some somewhere else but not the rule. Thanks, Jessica.

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  23. Nice photos as usual. Sure would have been nice to get a better view of that GTO.

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    1. I couldn’t slow down or stop. There was this aggravating truck behind me.

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      1. Unfortunately, that always seems to be the case for me when there’s something I want to see.

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  24. I bet you were in all your glory with that first capture. And as far as the raccoon figure, that’s the way I like them . . . immobile.

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    1. Me too, Marc. Made of steel if possible.

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  25. A good mailbox tour, John. I wonder if the rain you got drifted inland from the two storms down that way. πŸ™‚ — Suzanne

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    1. The two storms are not involved in our weather yet. That may happen on Wednesday if at all. Thanks, Suzanne.

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  26. You know my favorite is the cat. Have a great week, John!

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  27. Wonderful car, dear John, while the eagle & the pig remind of “Angry birds” this or that way! πŸ™‚

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    1. Yes they do. Don’t they. 😊

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      1. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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  28. We have stone and brick mailboxes in my neighborhood, John, but no toppers. Maybe I’ll go first with something like the nondescript rock or the big ole yellow bowl. Loved the tour!

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    1. Yes, you should. Thanks, Linda.

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  29. That eagle looks as though he’s keeping an eagle-eye on the latest pronouncements from the hurricane center. I hope he has some good flight feathers!

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    1. I noticed we here in Austin are going to miss out on the rain. Mario petered out and Laura is too far East. Hope you will be okay.

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  30. Your mailboxes are always fascinating. Heaven help the resident that doesn’t have a topper. And you didn’t circle the wagons back to the old cars??

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    1. No, I had to keep going. Truck behind me and running out of time.

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      1. I hope you see the cars another time.

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      2. Maybe they will all get sold.

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      3. I hope not, or at least you need to check them up first.

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      4. Ok I’ll go back. Sheesh

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  31. My parents had a β€˜54 Pontiac Chieftan in the early sixties.It was running badly, so they needed to trade it in. Times must have been hard since they came home with a β€˜56 Chevy. Boy, was I disgusted. I thought we were getting a new car, not a slightly newer old car. They drove that β€˜56 Chevy until after I left home in 1968. It certainly kept me humble. They finally got a new Chevy Caprice in 1972, their first new car since 1953. A large family is such a blessing! Keeps your bank account from growing uncontrollably.

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    1. What a great story, Linda. I remember when we got our first new car. It was a 1951 Ford club coupe. I think we had it about six or so years.

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  32. Loved the classic cars and the Eagle Mailbox topper.

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    1. Glad you liked them.

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