I have a ton of archive photographs on my hard drive and in recent years have been slowly turning these into blog posts, so that my “diary of life” can continue via the WordPress schedule even if some days I am not well enough to post myself.
Many of my readers know that I love discovering the quirky parts of everyday life.
I have photograph collections of funny shaped letterboxes, painted electrical substations, street art and murals, statues, street paving stones of all shapes and sizes, patterned drain covers, and now, introducing yet another addition to my collection: weather vanes.
Even before my blogging days I was captivated by weather vanes that are the norm in some areas of the Netherlands.
Mostly they are found in villages where houses, unlike in Dutch cities, are free standing, stand alone structures. On the outskirts of the Hague and around the Westland there are whole groups of houses that sport weather vanes, the main problem when trying to document them is that they also the houses that have gardens and large trees, so getting photographs can be tricky.
The owners of these houses seem to like to add not just the usual cap on top of the chimney’s to keep out rain and snow but also to decorate that cap with an ironwork adornment that incorporate figures, birds and animals as well as the odd human figure.
Structures such as ships also make an appearance, but so too do thing like the humble plough so I think that the only limit is the imagination and wallet size of the house owner.
The most expensive looking one I’ve seen is of a gold coloured heraldic lion of the sort that’s found in the Dutch royal coat of arms, but I’m only saying that because the gold colour looks expensive (which is of course probably the impression it was meant to convey if it was expensive or not).
As usual my lack of mobility in the last four years has meant that I have had to build up my photographic collection from the confines of a moving vehicle, so as usual some of the photographs could be framed a bit better, but it was the best I could do at the time. I love pattern, design, ironwork and decoration so what’s not to like about a weather vane? Life needs all the decoration it can get.