The things Ellie B aka Dogamous Pyle and I spy on our walks beyond our Little Bitty in the Syracuse city neighborhoods of Eastwood and Lyncourt.
Tuesday’s eyeful started with odd. Eccentric. Provocative. Well, odd.
Anybody can put a basketball hoop at the peak of their garage. And it doesn’t take much chutzpah to hang your favorite pair of deer antlers up in the den, now does, it?
But to paint the rack white, split ’em wide and mount them up high at the end of the driveway to protect house and home, that takes special thought and execution.
Yes, they did. I went up closer to make sure this was indeed that. The arrangement does look like hands held open in a certain religious gesture, perhaps? I also thought the light fixture immediately below is a good touch.
Half a block down, this neighbor chose the fake and flat black dog mounted against the wood fence. It looks as if it could frighten certain scaredy cats, birds, folks creeping around where they don’t belong who upset easily … Heck, it looks fine, I say. Ellie B was not fooled. No woofing from her.
Next door, this happy-looking house had as its welcoming symbol a far more colorful character. The gent enjoying the sun on the front porch called out to me that he rescued this small but proud cock from an unlikely predicament. “I found it in the garbage,” he declared as I clicked my iPhone 6.
What’s the oddest thing you’ve seen decorating the outside of a house? What’s the most interesting thing? What would you like to have welcoming folks to your home, and why?