Tuesday, 29 January 2008

Two Things Sign/Post

I've done another challenge because the last one was a bit rubbish. (and it wasn't a sign it was a plaque).

This is so typically eccentric and English. You have the door sign (which, as Bobbie has pointed out, is quite an English thing) saying Toad Hall which is from Kenneth Graham's 'Wind in the Willows', so perhaps they have some autocratic Toad figure causing general mayhem in his car and throwing his weight around. It is quite a small terrace house but 'an Englishman's home is his castle' so they have called it the name of a stately home, albeit a fictional one. (and it is jokey, the English sense of humour). They also have a Victorian looking lamppost, which lends the pathway up to the door a bit of gravitas. No need for it, it's quite light round there at nights. But it harks back to the last English golden age, and perhaps we like reminding of this. It's 2007 but I like the way people just do what they want round here, even if it involves a bit of slightly naff Victoriana and toads.

8 comments:

John (Copyright JMM 2007-2008) said...

For me the last golden age was the british invasion, followed by cream, led zeppelin, leading to the clash and elvis costello.

dianeclancy said...

Hi Bev,

I love this elegant sign/post .... it deserves all the wonderful stories you are telling.

I am actually quite taken with it!

But I hate to mention this ... but I believe you are ahead of us timewise ... which would make it 2008 ... unless I misunderstand your thoughts - always a good possibility!!

~ Diane Clancy
www.dianeclancy.com/blog

Bev said...

Whoops Diane, I'm really not quite with it, am I

Frances said...

I like this - a post about a post.
Lamp posts are so cosy and comforting - useful for dogs, too. Toad Hall is an excellent name for a house, I wonder if the man of the house drives around saying 'Toot toot' or if it's full of partying weasels.

Bobbie said...

lol, Frances! Yup, I can just see the Toads sitting around having a cigar and watching football :) I love this about Bev's world. The people just sort of thumb their noses at the poshes.

Good entry, nice that you did two.

Lisa Sarsfield said...

Great post! Funny and informative. Not sure if you meant to be funny but I was humoured. I like your way of seeing things and telling stories. Nice photo too, I love that lamp post!

Sandollar said...

I love this one. A sign and a post...in a great photo!

D.C. Confidential said...

I love this post (no pun intended) and the information you provided. If I ever get over to your side of the pond, I'll make a point of getting to Hull. It sounds (and looks) like a delightful town.