Local Heart, Global Soul

August 14, 2020

Display Of Butchery…

Touring down Leiden’s Lange Mare in the Spring of 2020, I suddenly saw an unusual feature on a building on the opposite side of the road. There is a large bust of a cow on the top floor and, another decorative cow above the front door. I’d be prepared to hazard a not-so-wild guess that this must have been a butcher’s shop some time in this buildings former life.

We take for granted the high literacy rate the developed world enjoys today, but in past centuries when these buildings were built, this was not the case so signs such as these played a significant part in labelling what was within the premises.

(photograph copyright © Kiwidutch)

(photograph copyright © Kiwidutch)

(photograph copyright © Kiwidutch)

(photograph copyright © Kiwidutch)

(photograph copyright © Kiwidutch)

April 19, 2020

Is This My Cup Of Tea?

I love quirky shop signs. This one in the Hague is of a teapot, and advertises: “Groothandel. Vaste collecties, halve prijzen! Porselein, kristal, bestek” which reads in English as: “Wholesalers. Fixed / (Permanent?) collections, half price! Porcelain, crystal, cutlery.” What expresses this all better than a teapotsign? …even if this isn’t your particular cup of tea.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

July 11, 2016

Sneaking Up On The Deer And Tripping Them Up Is A No No!

Filed under: ART,funny signs,LUXEMBOURG,PHOTOGRAPHY,VIANDEN — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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One of the photographs taken by the family during their walk in the Vianden forest shows an unusual sign. I asked Himself for a translation of the text and he said that says ‘Give the animals space to live”. Clearly if you are out on these paths walking your dog, mountain biking or walking, then the idea is that the local wildlife is left in peace. So according to the sign,  sneaking up on the deer and tripping them up is frowned upon! Personally I think that the deer in the picture fell over because he hit the red edge of the illustration he was in (just joking!). The only wildlife they encountered was one dog being walked in the forest… it was a very warm day so probably the deer were taking  nap and waiting for the cooler end of the day to come out and forage.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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