It was certainly not designed as a Totem Pole. It is however, a very useful sign that serves as a warning to large turning vehicles at the entrance to the HoBB.
It was initially designed to protect a support wire for a nearby post but as it is the first ‘symbol’ you see on approaching the HoBB, it has evolved into a seasonal ‘totem pole’ and is often adorned with decorative dried plants and seeds in Autumn.
It is a welcoming post for visitors – “back to the days when Ancient signs for villages were in the form of landmarks and road signs hadn’t been invented!”
Most UK village signs are now simply ‘traffic signs’ but I have noticed a growing movement to emblazon these flat sterile indicators with rich plantings. One village towards the west coast had planted out a rowing boat alongside their entrance sign and I have seen wheelbarrows of flowers
and of course, the half barrel!
These villagers are not specifically entering some ‘Village in Bloom’ scheme, they are however being proud to be ‘there’, they are putting an individual stamp on the map and saying ‘Welcome’.
I’ll see if I can remember to take some local pictures and put them up on a HoBBlog for you, and if you see any you think should be shared with a far greater world than those that ‘pass-by’ , then take a picture and let us know.
~~~~~~~~~~ <+))))))))>< ~~~ waves from Grant