Monday, October 21, 2013

Cock-a-doodle-doo! (or neighhhhh!)

   When I was a kid, many barns and churches had a weather vane on top. 
    My grandpa's barn had one and we've often wondered what happened to it. It might even still be there.  Dad said that there were travelling salesmen who came around to the farms selling weather vanes and lightning rods to the farmers, important devices that had a job to do back when. How else could the farmer say with certainty what direction the wind was blowing?
    These weathercocks are part of a display of Americana at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.


Not all weather vanes are roosters.  Above is a horse and below is an old weather deer. And I've even seen weather angels blowing trumpets.

 
There is a story that a 9th century pope declared that churches in Europe would display a weather vane in the form of a rooster to remind the faithful of the denial of Jesus by the apostle Peter the morning after the Last Supper. 
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18 comments:

  1. Marvelous collection of weather vanes and a really interesting post!! Thanks for sharing with us and welcome to the fun world of blogging!! Enjoy! Look forward to seeing more of your posts in the future!! Have a great week!

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  2. Interesting thoughts about the origins of the weather vane. In my neck of the West Coast woods weather vanes are often depicted as whales!

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  3. Liked the story at the end about Peter. The first photo reminds me of the blue cockeral that is on the 4th plinth in Trafalgar Square. Not sure whether you saw it on your visit.

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  4. Bud and I love our roosters as well as my son. We have them all over the place. Liked your post.

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  5. Lovely post and divine collections of weather vane photos ~ thanks, carol
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  7. I love rooster weather vanes but since I married a fisherman guess whats on ours.. yup a fish :)

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  8. Interesting post. We have a weather vane, its a moose!! Go figure for northern Wisconsin.

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  9. I like that stag one I see in the background - that would look good here in the mountains. There is a pig one in downtown Breckenridge, not quite sure why!

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  10. What a fascinating display. I remember weather vanes from when I was growing up.

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  11. I would have been very tempted to buy that second bird if it was for sale!

    Stewart M - Melbourne

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  12. Good collection of weather vane photos!!
    thanks for sharing..

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  13. It is nice to see them alle together, mostly you see one high up in the sky.

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  14. WOW! How very interesting about 9th century pope. loved this post! Now I wish I had a weather vain.

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  15. Interesting informative post!! texture of weather vanes looking beautiful..
    Regards
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