Whimsy ranges from non-sensical to bizarre, giving a place a sense of humor about itself
The Carousel, Jubilee Gardens, London
Funky windmill drives a parade of wooden soldiers delighting children and adults alike
From the legacy collections of Charles Wade, Snowshill Manor and Garden, Snowshill, Worcestershire
Bizarrely fearsome devil-in-devil image in a stained glass window.
St. Mary's Church, Fairford, Gloucestershire
Elusive Mr. Fox in a Painted Glass Window
Women's Loo, The Fox Inn, Oddington, Gloucestershire
Painted window scenes beg the question of why were they painted?
Monteriggioni, Sienna, Tuscany
Fanciful Painted Morning and Evening Scenes
Garden whimsy of paperwhites in a Cleopatra wicker chair
Keukenhof Gardens, Lisse, the Netherlands
Garden contest of clay pot-headed scarecrows
Hidcote Manor Gardens, Hidcote Bartrim, Gloucestershire
Famed BIrd Topiaries add humor at Hidcote Manor where the gardens were designed by American-turned-British Lawrence Johnston
Hidcote Manor, Hidcote Bartrim, Gloucestershire, a National Trust Property
TIlty clay cloches resemble stocky monks on their way to Evensong
Barnsley House Gardens, Barnsley, Gloucestershire
Glass cloches look like bubbles bobbing downstream
Winter Garden, Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia
A lock left here with the key thrown away and love last forever . . .
Ponte Vecchio, Florence, Tuscany
A big bucket of wooden tulips could only be found in Holland
Marken, The Netherlands
Cute polka dot wooden shoes tacked to a wall, one worn and one spanking new
Zaanse Schan, The Netherlands
Wooden shoes in rows and in motion
Zaanse Shan, The Netherlands
The Sculpted Hares of Cirencester -- Nothing says Whimsy quite like a Hare. Made by local artists for the March 2014 Hare Festival, they ultimately were auctioned off to benefit children's charities.
Startled Gargoyle embedded in vined wall
Expressive Gargoyle -- imagine waking up with a mouthful of cobwebs
Lords of the Manor, Country House Hotel, Upper Slaughter, Gloucestershire
Contemplative Man Or did he just have a naughty thought?
The Duomo, Florence, Tuscany
Oddly-proportioned clad but barefoot praying children
Part of the Harmon Memorial, St. John the Baptist Church, Burford, Oxfordshire
Remnants of 1st century BC statues; odd that the archaeologists left them lined up and not restored to their stone bodies further up the hill
Mt Nemrut, Turkey
Verging on the absurd rock formation
Chocolatiere places candies in colorful tins that replicate the shops and houses of old town
Fun, sophisticated soap shop could only be called "Bubbles"
Bubbles at Home, Bruges, Belgium
Fanciful shop window speaks to the child hidden away in each of us
Big whipped meringues are pretty in pink and in wicked in white
Halls Quality Bakers, Cirencester, Gloucestershire
Flying Hippos in tutus bring the Disney Dance of the Hours from Fantasia to a bookshop
Octavia's Bookshop, Cirencester, Gloucestershire
Schagen, The Netherlands
The holidays give free rein to whimsy almost anywhere, including in this Christmas window
Fortnum & Mason., Piccadilly, London
A collection of cotswold Christmas wreaths show a homey individuality
Mostly from Burford, Oxfordshire
Stars, hearts and shiny garlands give this Christmas tree a magical touch as if decorated by gossamer-winged fairies
Unusual hunt wreath contest entries use materials likely available in Colonial Days
Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia
A bicycle, an advertisement and a display of spring seedlings ready to plant
A vintage pink bicycle that while old and rusted still needs to be chained to a lamppost
Village of Hoorn,The Netherlands
Red Bicycle by a Red WIndow -- Just Coincidence?
Artsy photo of another red bicycle
Artist's fence of old gears and wheels
Dahmen Barn, The Palouse Country, Uniontown, Washington
Where else but the Dingle Peninsula?
A doorstop to steal the heart
Up on the top of a deserted swale made eerie in the fog, I came across this sign.
When Whimsy meets Quaint and Cozy
Muker Teashop, Muker, North Yorkshire
Orcas Island, San Juans, Washington
Alluring Stack of Fall Treats