Blackboard signs are made to educate or inspire us and it’s nice when they do it well or with style.
Bodnant’s Head Gardener’s notes are too beautifully done to be wiped out each month and forgotten. I hope someone has taken a photograph of them all down the years as a form of brand collateral. What a sweet resource they would be.
Some blackboard signs in my files are wry, others more serious, but am I the only one who can’t understand how heading a sign Polite notice makes it any more polite?
And am I the only one left imagining how a rude don’t feed the birds sign might be phrased?
This one made me smile although not for the first time, that’s more to do with me than the sign, which makes perfect sense. For those who do not know it, pecky cypress wood has holes, and I assume this means the more characterful the holes, the more valuable the wood. It’s a fool’s game trying to explain what amuses you, but the mere word pecky strikes me as funny too. I read that words with k in them are more funny than other words, so perhaps that’s it.
The Swan with Two Necks is one of Mum’s favourite eating places and as a woman of discernment, she knows. She doesn’t sample the ale when she has chance to visit, but for those who like the amber nectar, they are CAMRA winners.
I have such fond memories of the Sheffield plant swop that I still have their badge on my favourite coat. The last one I remember wearing prior to this was a Betsy Clarke All You Need Is Love badge.
Every good blackboard sign is evocative, of a place, a time, food or drink, a group of people, a mood or an opportunity. If you have some favourite ones, they’ll fit in with HeyJude’s colours for November, grey and black. She’d love you to join in.