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May 11, 2013
The two RV Gypsies, Karen & Lee Duquette
and Karen's cousins, Penny and Charlie
visited Whimzeyland - the Bowling Ball House
in Safety Harbor, Florida

Charlie, Penny, & Lee Duquuette
Karen Duquette, Charlie, Penny

The entryway had a Book Box - leave a book and take a book - and the book box provided chalk so visitors could write a message.

the entry to the Bowling Ball House at Whimzeyland
book exchange at the Bowling Ball House at Whimzeyland

history book clipartIn 1985 the house on Third Street was small, brown, and ordinary. Then artists Todd Ramquist and Kiaralinda bought it and moved in -- and the neighborhood has never been the same. The house is now the center of "Whimzeyland," a riot of bright paint, tile, and yard sculptures. It's also known as "The Bowling Ball House" because hand-decorated balls are a big part of the landscaping. Bowling balls are arranged in piles, wind along flower beds, and perch on pedestals, embellished with smiley faces. The main house is painted in bright, happy colors, with murals of star fields and rainbows. The yard is layered with lush foliage, tile work, found objects, and sculptures. There are blue bottle trees, a fountain, junk art animals -- something unusual no matter where you look. And lots of bowling balls. - quoted from their brochure

Below: the Bowling Ball house and some close-ups of parts of the house

the Bowling Ball House at Whimzeyland
the Bowling Ball House at Whimzeyland
windows on the Bowling Ball House at Whimzeyland
Whimzey sign at the Bowling Ball House at Whimzeyland
window at Whimzeyland in Safety Harbor, Florida
Whimzey sign at the Bowling Ball House
live well and look to the stars
bottle tree at the Bowling Ball House at Whimzeyland
Lee Duquette at the Bowling Ball House at Whimzeyland
house window at the Bowling Ball House at Whimzeyland
house and walkway at the Bowling Ball House at Whimzeyland
Karen Duquette at the Bowling Ball House at Whimzeyland

Below: the Walkway and close-ups of some of the tiles in the walkway

the walkway tiles at the Bowling Ball House at Whimzeyland
circle walkway at the Bowling Ball House at Whimzeyland
walkway tile - Love
walkway tile - eat drink and be merry
walkway tile, live love laugh
walkway tile - creativity
walkway tile - think outside the box
walkway tile young at heart
walkway tile - big bites
walkway tile - not a moment to lose

Below: The ceiling of the front porch

peace and love ceiling at the Bowling Ball House at Whimzeyland
porch ceiling at the Bowling Ball House at Whimzeyland

Poles on the porch were written on by visitors

The roof above the porch

pole signed by the two RV Gypsies and her cousin
porch roof at the Bowling Ball House at Whimzeyland

below: some of the many bowling balls at the Bowling Ball House and much more...

bowling balls at the Bowling Ball House
bowling balls at the Bowling Ball House
bowling balls at the Bowling Ball House
character and bowling balls at the Bowling Ball House
character and bowling balls at the Bowling Ball House
bowling ball decorated at the Bowling Ball House
bowling ball with stars
notice the background

More wild stuff at the Bowling Ball House - Whimzeyland, in Safety Harbor, Florida

bottles and more at the bowling ball house in Whimzeyland
bottles and more at the bowling ball house in Whimzeyland
cherub in a tree
fan at the bowling ball house at Whimzeyland
hot tub at the bowling ball house at Whimzeyland
face at the bowling ball house at Whimzeyland
tree umbrella at the bowling ball house at Whimzeyland
tree deco at the bowling ball house at Whimzeyland
wild suff at the bowling ball house at Whimzeyland
wild stuff at the bowling ball house at Whimzeyland
wild stuff at the bowling ball house at Whimzeyland
wild stuff at the bowling ball house at Whimzeyland
lion at the bowling ball house at Whimzeyland
statue at the bowling ball house at Whimzeyland
lion at at the bowling ball house at Whimzeyland
tow zone sign
frog at at the bowling ball house at Whimzeyland
pig at at the bowling ball house at Whimzeyland
bottles and stuff at at the bowling ball house at Whimzeyland
wild stuff at at the bowling ball house at Whimzeyland
hamburger at the bowling ball house at Whimzeyland
wild stuff and hamburger at the bowling ball house at Whimzeyland

continue on to see the wild volkswagon The two RV Gypsies went across the street to see a wild Volkswagon and more