It’s not uncommon for East Bay homes to feature an unexpected detail in their front yard or garden. You might find a garden dwarf, a windchime, or a wrought iron animal, perhaps collected on a faraway trip. Some even have entire menageries, tiny treasures placed between plantings, that only slow-paced passersby will spot. The spectacles that live on the stretch of Colusa Avenue between Solano and Sonoma Avenues are in an entirely different category. I don’t have the backstory or know who is responsible for these installations, but they appear to be contagious.
At least four homes along this stretch feature some surprisingly enormous front-yard decoration. This sign sits in front of one of the most, er, eccentric presentations.
You’ll find it on the East side of Colusa Street, about a block South of Solano Avenue.
An after-dinner walk or wagon ride in search of what I am calling “curiosities” would be a perfect multi-generational activity. You could begin or end with a treat from La Farine.
Driving a napper around in the car? Head for this North-Berkeley neighborhood and cruise the streets to see if you can find anymore surprises to add to my photos.