Monday, March 01, 2010


Norway is a small country situated at the outskirts of Europe, under the Polar Circle, with 6,4 million inhabitants.
In contrary to the rest of Europe we have twice chosen NOT to be a meme of the EU.
That doesn't mean that the great nations leave us alone. Recently they have forced us to replace the old traffic warning signs with new ones. This sweet one showing a boy and a girl on their way to school. I always identified with this sign when I was a small school girl with red ribbons in my braids.

No horse riding on this path, children and cyclists only.
My father crossing the road in a 1950 outfit.
Crossing place for deers. Let's hope they understand the sign. Too many deers and moose have been killed this winter.
Here the basketballs are buried for the winter under the EU approved sign. A sexless figure with its balloon head unattached too the body.
I wonder how will they get the balls out of the bottle?

Originated by MaryT, check hers for today


Kris said...

Hahaha, nice! I love all those pictures. You're amazing with that camera! And yeah, I always loved the old signs and still do. I wanna KEEP theeemmm.

From the Old InkWell said...

What a precious look at nostalgia! I agree. The old signs have so much more personality than the new ones! :)

Carletta said...

An interesting look at the signage.
'A sexless figure with its balloon head unattached to the body' - that made me smile.
Wonderful rubies Felisol!

Auntie E said...

Loved your comments on the signs.

Ralph said...

These signs make sense, and with so many countries in a relatively small area, with many languages, standardized signs are a good thing. In the US, all signs are yellow but for years they often had text instead of symbols. At least we are getting symbols that make sense.

Norway does well being around without being in the EU. A independent course!

Terry said...

i like the pretty signs felisol..
we have had them in canada for quite a few years now but most of them are yellow except for the stop signs.
with canada having so many nationalities moving in, the wordless signs are just ideal.
that way a person can read them in their own language!
how priceless is that?..the wordless signs, smiles and laughing and happiness and alas,tears and pain understood the same in ANY language!
felisol, your posts always give me such good thoughts!
god bless you my terry

Amrita said...

Dear Felisol, I never knew Norway is not a part of the EU.

Road signs are good indicators of order, direction and discipline. We have them in India too, but many times they are ignored.

Good post .

John Cowart said...

We need that second sign on our street--No Horses' Asses Allowed!

Oh, never mind, it's just that snow covers part of your sign.

Patti said...

Great ruby sign finds, Felisol.

It's good that Norway does its own thing and does not become a part of the EU.

I saw a cute photo in the post below..must go read!

EG CameraGirl said...

These look like the international version that we have in Canada. I guess the same signs will be used worldwide.

However, there is something to be said for individualism, which many countries are losing in so many ways. It's nothing new, though. McDonalds and Coca-Cola are evidence of that.

Mrs. Mac said...

The older signs are clear cut. But, honestly, I thought the last one with the balloon (unattached) head was a sign for shoveling compost material into some underground holding bin ... my mind wanders to thoughts of the garden (LOL)

♥ Kathy said...

Those signs are cool! Happy Ruby Tuesday

Mirage said...

lol @ (your father in his 50's clothes!)

Signs in red are easily visible and discernible by everyone (language difference and illiteracy speaking).

True, signs are signs of order, imagine being in Vietnam who doesn't have a traffic light :D

Mirage said...

PS: Hope to see your soup post too! ;)

Marice said...

another series of cool ruby finds! :)

u may view mine here

Snooze said...

the whole EU thing is awful isn't it ... making the whole world identical. make sure you get some of the old signs. i love them too.