Premise: I like signs.Ā 

I like reading street signs or signs that I see in shop windows or tacked on people’s doors. Signs of all sorts. Mostly, I enjoy taking photographs of signs…the funnier, the better.

Yes, photographing gorgeous landscapes or handsome buildings is all fine and dandy…but when I get back home from a holiday, what really puts a smile to my face is looking at the quirky photos I took.

And many of those photos are of amusing signs… šŸ™‚

Therefore, here follows a collection of some of my best “sign” photos from Somerset, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall…

The top two–Volvo and Opening Times–were taken in Dunster village, Somerset. I found other “-ish” shop signs during our trip…and they always amused me. Besides, that Volvo sign is precious…one of my favourites!

I took the third photo (“If you want breakfast in bed…” on the right) in Lacock village (see yesterday’s post). Inside the organic soap shop. Hehe.Ā 

Photo no. 4 (on the left): this “One way…Another” sign was stuck on the roof of a thatched cottage in Porlock Weir, a small, cute village and harbour located about 1.5 miles from the coastal village of Porlock (which apparently boasts the most elderly population in England!) in Somerset…Ā 

Photo no. 5: This “Slow!…” sign (on the right) stands at the entrance to the “prettiest village inĀ England,” i.e. Castle Combe (see yesterday’s post). I thought I’d misread it as we were driving past, so, as soon as we’d parked our car, I walked back to have a second look.

Castle Combe also had some handwritten “Slow please. Ducks on road” signs, which was nice for the ducks… šŸ™‚

Land’s End, photo no. 6 (above, left), is a headland in south-western Cornwall. It’s actually the most westerly point in England (mainland, of course)…

I wondered about the “John O’Groats 874” reference (btw, sorry about the shadow that almost entirely obscures the lettering) until we returned to Florence, or rather, until I finally got my hands on a computer and was able to look it up. From Wikipedia:Ā Land’s End toĀ John O’GroatsĀ in ScotlandĀ is a distance of 838 miles (1,349Ā km) by road and this Land’s End toĀ John O’GroatsĀ distance is often used to define races, walks or charitable events in the UK. Ah, ok. All clear, now…Ā 

Photo no. 7 (also on the left): I took this “Thank you for…” sign inside a tea room in the city of Wells (Somerset) where we visited the cathedral, of course, as well as roaming around the Saturday market located near the cathedral, where Stefano and I bought some Stilton cheese to bring back with us to Florence. I still can’t believe we actually did that…but yes, we did, and in fact we ate our bits of Stilton last night, together with my parents. šŸ™‚ Does “perky” have a different meaning in British English? If not…well, then that definitely is a bit of an odd sign…

Last but not least, here is the helpful “Keep Calm” series. Hehe. I found the complete series (of which these are but a few) in a shop window in Exeter, in Devon, which we visited mainly for its famous cathedral…but where we also ended up having perhaps the best meal of our entire visit, at Angela’s, in New Bridge Street.

After raving with Angela about our meal (I had sea bass surrounded by a lovely sauce that included caramelized ginger, spring onions and definitely some chilli…), the chef, Richard, came out of the kitchen to meet us, which we enjoyed very much…

Okay, now, since you might begin thinking that this is turning into a travel/food blog (NOT!), let me add a link to an article I just finished reading about a new study suggesting that MGUS patients do not receive adequate evaluation, follow-up, or treatment for their condition:ĀĀ Eh…


  1. I like your signs Margaret! A clever idea to help you re-visit a favorite place! They brought a smile to my face too! šŸ™‚ I don’t understand the “perky” sign either…I think perky is a good thing in the US…beats being grouchy!! šŸ™‚ It reminds me of a Chinese quote I read once, “No one without a smiling face should open a shop.” Thanks for sharing your memories with us! Donna

  2. Well as British English I can say I thought that sign was funny! Thanks for not being perky! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    Right, if I had to break it down for the non-British English, and I would say it’s not good to over analyse funny, it would have to be that you were in a TEA shop and the PERKY referred to PERCOLATED as in COFFEE! But I could be wrong! (And yes they probably sold coffee too but did they do the whole latte, expresso shinanagins?) šŸ˜€

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