From Wikipedia Commons
From Wikipedia Commons

The welcome mat above resembles one I used to have outside my door, but this post is not about welcome mats. Rather it’s about some other ways that people make other people feel free to knock on their doors, or at least, look at them.


The rest of the photos in this post were all taken in my neighborhood, on a sultry summer day. welcome-four

I like this one, because it seems so inviting. I’ve always been a fan of Victorian photography, especially those pictures everybody rushed out to take because, well, they could (which I suppose is what we still do). They have a way of looking quaint, sometimes exotic, but really, they were just what was all around.


The emblems of everyday living.welcome-three

I especially liked the gnome, lurking in the far left corner.


And I very much admire both the topiary and the planters here.

welcome-sixBut this is my favorite. What is more welcoming than happiness? May all our days be filled with grand announcements!

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