Tuesday, April 22, 2008

You say wind vane and I say…

A little crooked, eh? I didn’t do it, honest! It must have been…the wind?

This photo was taken in the hamlet of Zephyr (meaning gentle breeze), so perhaps I should call this one a wind vane, although I’m used to calling such roof toppers weather vanes.

Weather vanes date as far back as the 9th century when the pope decreed that every steeple or church dome should have a rooster, a symbol to remind believers that Jesus said at the Last Supper that the cock would not crow until Peter had denounced him three times. This vane has a rooster but is not atop a church but above a small building next to a church.

5 comments:

dot said...

It certainly made a beautiful picture against that pretty blue sky. I like weather vanes but I don't see them much any more.

Ken said...

Thanks for the interesting bit of history.

Old Wom Tigley said...

I took such a picture yesterday a top a local church.. I did not know the story behind the cockral but do now.. :O)

Small City Scenes said...

Interesting story---I didn't know that. We have a weathervane atop our loafing shed in the pasture BUT it has a horse on it. MB

Ex-Shammickite said...

Ahhh Zephrt, a very cute little village. And a very nice, but wonky, weather vane.
BTW it's our annual Variety Show time. I sing in the chorus and I'm in one dance number, pics are posted on my blog. Shall I save you a couple of seats? You're not that far away from me.... in fact some friends from Holland Landing will be at the show on Thursday!!

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