Although it is feeling a lot like spring here today, the weatherman is saying there is cold weather still to come later in the week & I know that many of you are bracing for yet another snow storm. With so much changing weather this year, it makes one think how dependent we are on all those weather reports. It is funny to think how not so long ago people relied on regarding nature & the direction of the wind to predict weather patterns.
When in France I love to look at the lovely old weathervanes that were lovingly made for just this purpose. One of my favorites is the funny little one above, so simple in its homemade design. It is on the house just across from mine & I see it every morning when I open my shutters.
It is fun to look up in search of unique & pretty weathervanes. They can be quite lovely, simple or ornate.
Rosters seem to be a popular choice. I love these double rosters on a slate roof.
This tower in a town center with its unusual belfry is toped with a tiny weathervane, which can be seen better in the closeup below. This was a way of sharing information with the whole village. The bell tolled the hours while the weathervane gave wind direction.
Another favorite has to be the farmer below with his oxen plowing his field. To me it is a beautiful piece of folk art. But it is also a reminder of its real use & how weathervanes helped generations of country people foretell coming storms.
While I am thinking of the French countryside & these artfully created weathervanes, I am linking up with Paulita's meme Dreaming of France.
Wishing all of you the best in weathering the next storm.
This being Valentines week & all, I thought I would express my love of France with a few hearts.
I love how so many of the houses from the middle ages in France are decorated with them.
When in France, I never tire of looking for hearts. On doors or windows, elegant or rustic, up or down, I always keep my eyes open. Whether, a child's happy drawing or heart shaped confetti this symbol of love always makes me smile.
A heart felt wish for a very happy week to each & everyone.
I had every intension of posting this on Friday, which was January 31 & the commencement of the Chinese New Year. As you probably already know, this year is the year of the horse.
In fact it is the year of the wooden horse. I read a little about what all of this means & what to expect from the year of the wooden horse here. One of the things that caught my eye was that education & intellectual growth, is associated with the wood element. So this year is a good year to take a class or learn a new skill.
As it turns out I learned only yesterday that the beautiful College Of Charleston offers a special admissions program for senior citizens. Students over 60 years of age can take courses for free with only the cost of $25 for registration plus the price of books. What a wonderful opportunity! I am thinking that perhaps some further education might be in my future this year.
Wishing all of you a Happy Year of the Horse! May you find happiness in the pursuit of learning & person growth!
Having recently relocated to Charleston SC, it seems that I am now all over the map. I have left my home & studio in Boston for warmer climates but will continue to visit often. Summers are always spent in a tiny village in the southwest of France. So I am indeed between here & there. I am happy to have you follow along.