Monday, January 5, 2009

Ruby Tuesday - Signed, sealed and delivered


This week's Ruby Tuesday theme is signs. And we see more than a few in our daily travels. I am staying local, and it begins with the sign for our neighbor, Derby, CT. The colors of their city is red and white (the HS the Red Raiders). The decorative red signs are seen here when entering from neighboring Orange, A simple slightly ornate wood sign. The next sign was taken from inside the David Humphreys House yesterday when the Derby Historical Society had an open house for Twelfth Night, with Christmas carols sung by the Society kids in period costumes. And food and mulled cider and the fireplaces roaring, the fires the only heat in this 17th century dwelling. The more clear sign next to the road is next...



Alas, I ran out of local reds, but I offer a view of one of the best ice cream places anywhere, the great Four Seas in Centreville on Cape Cod. Zero ambiance, but on a warm August day, you want your ice cream cold, and now, and this place delivers. Of course, the neon sign gives you a clue as to the age. Memories are made of these, a wise person said, Hear, hear says I. For more reds that you can imagine, visit Mary's weekly meme!

26 comments:

Sylvia K said...

What great photos! Love the first one, would love to know more about the history of the place. Thanks for sharing and Happy New Year!

Pia K said...

Such a pretty city sign, alas our Swedish city/village signs are plain, boring, standard and modern. I wouldn't mind a roaring fire and mulled cider and well, that summer ice cream doesn't sound half bad either, gems like that are the best!

Mojo said...

Derby apparently has good taste in signs at least. If the rest of the town is as trim and tasteful as this, it must be quite the address!

Leora said...

Such pretty red signs you found! I love the David Humphreys sign... who today is a "soldier, poet, diplomat and industrial pioneer" all rolled into one? Especially the poet part!

Your EG Tour Guide said...

You seem to be enjoying the Derby Historical Society! Red makes their sign standout. Good advertising!

Carletta said...

I gotta go with Mojo - a nice welcome sign like that is surely and invitation to more good things ahead!

I missed here last week so let me wish you a good beginning to a great New Year!

marcia@joyismygoal said...

Boy i like that sign i guess it is because it is red my favorite color but it is scrolly too :) which I like

ellen b said...

Great signs Ralph. I really like thos city signs. The neon one is a great choice! Have a great week...

napaboaniya said...

Signs in red and white definitely gets the attention it calls out for :)
Happy Ruby Tuesday!!!

Dora said...

I love the icecream sign. :)

Raven said...

I really like that first sign, but of course you can't really beat the worlds "ice cream" either.

MyMaracas said...

The first one is very spiffy, but the second one is offering ice cream. This is a tough choice. LOL

The Arthur Clan said...

Really nice photos ~ thanks for sharing them on Ruby Tuesday. The first one is so pretty!

Queen-Size funny bone said...

what a pretty shaped sign and surely red.

Catherine said...

If I lived in your city, I would directely go at Four Seas, no doubt.
Nevertheless, don't you have an Italian home made Ice Cream maker in your city? You make so often reference to Italian culture, especially concerning, food.

Your city seems to have kept its historical roots, no? Both first signs looks voluntarily vintage.

Robin said...

It looks like your town has some great character.

Gattina said...

You found a lot of signs ! I didn't know and put another picture, but there are red signs on, lol !

maryt/theteach said...

Love your signs especially the DERBY sign! I was going to use a neon sign for my post but didn't get to it, Ralph! Happy RT! :)

Dianne said...

the Derby sign is great! but of course homemade ice cream really caught my attention lol

Bond said...

Excellent Ralph...I blanked on red signs...Oh my

Linda said...

I didn't know that about Derby - it having red & white for colors. Norwich Free Academy has red for their main color but they're the Wildcats which has nothing to do with red at all!

Lisa said...

Great signs!

Felisol said...

Hello Ralph,
Being ill has it's benefits. For once that I work slowly, but use more time on each blog.
There's so much interesting to see and have has a part of my life.
Your Darby sign is a genuine decoration. Not at all like out dull and non inviting once.
Today is thirteenth day of Christmas here. Was Twelfth Night yesterday or is it another twelve number??
Four Seas Ice cream..must be moths ago that was attractive, if not years.
Congrats with the Van Gogh's Ear price.
You are in excellent company:
From Felisol

Terry said...

Dear Ralph...Your town looks like such a homey one!
It really reminds me of Port Colborne which is a town 10 miles from Welland. It is a ship town.
It has many quaint shops like the "Four Seas" and the Americans from Buffalo love to visit them, especially in the summer.
The 1675 Derby sign is just choice!
The David Humphreys House looks like a real interesting place to visit! Just imagine if the walls could only talk in that 17th century home. How interesting would THAT be?!
Really great Ruby Tuesday post as usual Ralph!...........Love Terry

Julie said...

I like the shots, makes you want to visit each and every place.

happily retired gal said...

I'm visiting late but am fascinated to see just how much RED exists on signs everywhere. These are both nifty signs and it's fun to learn a bit about them too. I confess I dug into my archives this week but was delighted to discover that my favorite sign ever had a bit of red ... so that's what I shared.
Hugs and blessings,