Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Come with me to Cuddle Court

A friend posted the above photo on my Myspace on the weekend. I don't know if it's real or not, but I thought, 'Wouldn't it be cool to live in Happy Lane?' (Not least because it looks very pretty.)

This got me wondering if there was a Glee or Gleeful Street in Melbourne. The closest is Gleeson. There are, however, numerous streets with names relating to happiness. A selection -

Bliss Street
Elysium Court
Elysian Road
Halcyon Avenue/Court/Drive/Grove/Way
Happy Valley Court
Happy Jack Way
Jolly Street
Joy Street
Laughing Waters Road
Merry Street
Nirvana Avenue/Close/Crescent/Place
Utopia Street

And then I got to wondering about funny/weird/street names in general. Here are my favourites for Melbourne.

Budgie Court
Cuddle Court
Doona Avenue
(a doona is what Aussies call a quilt/duvet)
Sesame Street (x2!)
Goodenough Court
Hit or Miss Road
Pick'n Pan Way
Tingle Close
Upsndowns Road

I would love to live in Cuddle Court even more than Happy Lane. Were I a less law-abiding citizen, I would steal all these signs and hang them on my wall.

For my full compilation of funny/strange/cool Melbourne street names, visit my listography page. And yes, before you say anything, I do have too much time on my hands!

Are there funny/odd/cool street names where you live? (I know you have one Julian!)


julian309 said...

Well, seeing as I've been called out 'n all. ;)

The funniest sign I know of in Melbourne is along the Nepean highway. It says, quite simply: "No Right Turn Into Marriage Road"! :) The second funniest sign I can think of is the large brass one with black lettering on the side of a building I saw years ago that proudly stated: "Manipulative Physiotherapist". ;)

Heheh, I like those lists you've got. :) Cuddle court sounds great. A block just near me has streets named after Arthurian legend: Camelot, Galahad, Jousting, and so on. :)

julian309 said...

Okay, I think I was probably guilty of at least one hyphen misusage in my comment on the other topic, but I have to play grammar police here:

"There is, however, numerous streets"

*ahem* *taps foot* ;P

Abbeysmum said...

Some years ago a friend was moving out of town, they were using house plans from "story book cottages" builders and they were building in Happy valley road, sounds quite idyllic.

victoria said...

i have a very dear friend at home in the UK who lived in a cottage in Devon for a while...his address was Teapot Cottage, Shoestring Lane hahaha. talk about living in an Enid Blyton storybook!!!

Urban Panther said...

Not sure about street names, but now I am going to keep my eyes open for them! I like looking for signs where people have 'named' their properties or houses. My favourite one so far, is posted on a country property not too far from me. A simple wooden sign post in the corner of the property: Hell's Half Acre.

DiscoveredJoys said...

Over here in Leicester (UK) there is a street called Every Street. A common treasure hunt clue is, therefore, "Walk Every Street in Leicester".

Well it made me laugh.

julian309 said...

Victoria: Teapot Cottage, Shoestring Lane; I like that. :)

Frisky Librarian (formerly known as GleeGirl) said...

Hi Julian. Did you also know that, as well as Marriage Road, there are streets/roads called Husband, Wedding and Bride?

Jousting Street (or whatever) is actually on my full list of funny/wierd/cool names.

And thank you for pointing a big sign at my grammatical error. Whoops! What a dill I am!

Hello Abbeysmum. Yes, Happy Valley does sound idyllic...but it also has a vague hint of mental institution about it. Or maybe that's just me.

Hi Victoria. Aw, Teapot Cottage, Shoestring Lane is adorable.

Hi Urban Panther. Hmmm...Hell's Half Acre doesn't sound very welcoming. Maybe that's the idea. Have you ever seen the people who live there?

Hello DiscoveredJoys. You'd think after a while the instruction to walk "every street in Liecester" would have lots its ability to befuddle...

Tilly said...

not sure which one of these links will work, but have a look at them - on the PDF you'll need to scroll down a couple of pages for the full lists.
Woodford Folk Festival has made an artform out of street names - some of them you have to say out loud to work out the joke. hope you enjoy




julian309 said...

Jayne: I've seen Husband before, but not the other ones. :) It makes me think that there's probably been at least one cynical person who's wanted to a negative street sign or two on the same theme. (I'm almost certain that the person who was responsible for creating my favourite one was chuckling as they were doing it, though!).

Jousting street is pretty neat, and now, for the first time ever, I'm having images of actual jousts happening on it. ;) (A slightly overtaxed brain is probably part of the reason.)

Nope, you're not a dill, I was just being silly. I wouldn't dream of suggesting that that was anything but a slip of the fingers/brain. :) Feel free to throw things at me. ;)

Frisky Librarian (formerly known as GleeGirl) said...

Hi Tilly. Thanks. The Mutant Barnyard sure sounds interesting!

Hey Julian. S'orrite.

Anonymous said...

Nothing like having a gander at a good bit of voluminous cloudage.