Weathervanes by the Water



W is for Weathervanes





This week’s letter assignment is the letter W.


 The history of weathervanes can be traced all the way back to 48 BC, to the Tower of the Winds in Athens, Greece. An octagonal marble structure, that contained a huge weathervane in the shape of a Triton, a Greek sea-god that was part man, part fish. 







I thought I’d share some Weathervanes that we have run across on our boating excursions, viewed from the Water.


 Today weathervanes are more often used as architectural ornaments rather than measuring wind direction.  This pineapple is not the most common weathervane seen on the lake~   of course, this is not the most common house on the lake either. Here is the rest of the house~
















Weathervanes with HeronsFish, Ducks, and  Sail Boats are more often found~ perched on boat docks or cupolas on roofs and gazebos.















The city of Montague, Michigan claims to have the largest standard-design weather vane, being a ship and arrow which measures 48 feet tall, weighing 4,300 pounds.




World's Largest Weather Vane


According to White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce:


“The ship on top of the weathervane is the Ella Ellenwood, a Great Lakes lumber schooner whose home port was White Lake, off Lake Michigan, in Montague. In October of 1901, the Ellenwood ran aground with a full load eight miles north of Milwaukee. The crew abandoned ship, and the wind and waves of a fall storm broke the ship to pieces. The next spring, a portion of the ship’s nameplate, bearing the word Ellenwood, was found in White Lake. Almost miraculously, the nameplate had drifted back east across Lake Michigan to the ship’s home port.”




A challenger for the title of world’s largest weather vane is located in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada. The weather vane is a retired Douglas DC-3 atop a swiveling support. Located beside Whitehorse International Airport, the weather vane is used mainly by pilots to determine wind direction. The weather vane only requires a 5 km/hour wind to rotate.



File:Douglas DC3.jpg


From WeathervanesPlus:


“The popularity of weathervanes exploded when a papal edict from the 9th century A.D. help bring the weathervane to the skies of most of Europe. Rome declared that every church in Christendom must be adorned by a cockerel, a symbol to remind Christians of Peter’s betrayal of Christ.

While these cockerels were at first not intended as weathervanes, they were eventually combined with the weathervanes that already dotted many church steeples to create the familiar rooster-shaped weathervane common today. This is probably due to the fact that the cockerels atop church steeples were easily visible from anywhere in town, and so were a logical choice to become communal weathervanes.”




If you’re on the  lake you should have a lake dog, or at the very least, a dog weathervane :-)












I had to chuckle when I spied this one. . .



 He has a bird’s eye view :-)




 One of my pet peeves, since we are on a lake, easily three hours from any beach, are coastal images, like this pelican. . .



Or this sailfish. . .




or this dolphin~ to my eye they look out-of-place. . .more suited to a coastal home, but I am not the weathervane police :-)









 And this is probably the most common weathervane seen on the lake :-)





 I thought I’d set my table inspired by the water again this week. These salad plates were a birthday gift, so this gave me an opportunity to play with them :-)

























Salad Plates, Napkins & Dipping Bowls~ Pottery Barn’s Coastal Curiosity Collection~ thank you Annie :-)

Blue Dinner Plates & Rattan Chargers~ Kohl’s

Flatware~ World Market

Blue Wine Glasses~ Dollar Tree





Thanks to my hostesses to this week’s parties I’m linking to:


 Jenny Matlock’s Aphabe-Thursday for Alphabet Fun 

 Susan ~ Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday

  40 comments for “Weathervanes by the Water

  1. June 23, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    There is just something great about weathervanes…what great photos of them! I loved your table. Those dishes are something extra special. Joni

  2. June 23, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    Love those Pottery Barn dishes! You’ve put together a wonderful, appealing table with them! I really like those blue glasses, too. I need some!

  3. JDaniel4's Mom
    June 23, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    I think the pineapple and the flying pig are my favorites. The table looks great too.

  4. June 23, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    I thrilled you chose weathervanes. They have always fascinated me! I find I take photos of weathervanes where ever I see them. You have a fantastic collection of photos here. Some of those homes are spectacular!
    The table is also spectacular. You really know how to pull together all the details. I always leave feeling inspired! ~ sarah

  5. June 23, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    oh i could be lost here for hours… i love weatherwanes, dishes, of course, but those houses just send me! put it all together and i am not budging for another hour… thanks for sensory overload, i am just taking it all in over and over!

  6. Ms. Sharlotte's...Southern Reflections
    June 23, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    What a great table! I love all things related to the sea and this is a super table! I’ve seen your salad plates at PB and loved them. They look GREAT on your table. Thanks for sharing!
    Ms. Sharlotte’s…Southern Reflections

  7. June 23, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    Gorgeous, all of it…A

  8. June 23, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    Love that table! The plates are wonderful.
    Great weather vanes too!

  9. Kim
    June 23, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    That huge home on the water is gorgeous. I have always had a fondness of weathervanes. You found quite a few to take pictures of. I love your table setting with those wonderful PB plates. I love the Japanese floats, too.

  10. Jo
    June 23, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    gotta a love a good weathervane … i adore the pig one … very cute! What a lovely tablescape … those salad plates are just gorgeous!

  11. June 23, 2010 at 11:52 pm

    What a wonderful stop on my early little journey through Alphabe-Thursday’s letter “W”.

    I was so excited when I read weathervanes in your link. I adore them. What a rich variety you shared with us here. Absolutely enchanting.

    And your tablescape. Happy belated Birthday. It looks like you received a perfect gift. They are so unusual and rich.

    I always enjoy my stop here each week! I’m so glad you have joined us. Your posts are always wickedly wonderful!


  12. June 24, 2010 at 12:18 am

    I learned so much – I didn’t know the history of weathervanes on churches. What an interesting W post!

  13. June 24, 2010 at 12:31 am

    What a GREAT looking nautical themed table. I love all of your pieces. Comes together to make a mighty fine looking table. Thanks for sharing and happy TT to you!

  14. June 24, 2010 at 1:04 am

    What a beautiful beachy post! Those weather vanes were gorgeous and your tablescape is stunning! Thanks for bringing a touch of Summer to my wintry home down under!

    Best wishes,

  15. June 24, 2010 at 1:45 am

    Beautiful. Love how you displayed the salad plates. Fun weather vane post.

  16. June 24, 2010 at 4:03 am

    Mary, I had no idea that there exist so many different stilish weathervanes. Lovely to discover all of them. And your nautical themed table matches so nice. I love it.
    Greetings, Johanna

  17. Happier Than A Pig in Mud
    June 24, 2010 at 6:46 am

    Really fun to see all of the weather vanes, gotta love the pig! Your table is really pretty, love your new dishes-enjoy!

  18. June 24, 2010 at 8:16 am

    Dearest Lake Neighbor & Weathervane Police,

    Spot on the coastal weathervanes being silly on a lake that’s in the Piedmont! Come on, people!! I LOVE this post!! Although my parents do not live on the water, my dad grew up on Long Island on the water, and I’ve been wanting to get him a weathervane for their house. I love the pig’s flying one. Although my brother is a pilot – wonder if that big airplane will do?! :)
    Love your tablescape – as always! I’ve been jonesing those plates from Pottery Barn! I’m loving their coastal collection!
    Have a wonderful weekend on the Lake! We are headed up to Blowing Rock…although I doubt it will be much cooler!

    ~angela @ peonypatch

  19. June 24, 2010 at 8:44 am

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE your home!! Good spying of weathervanes. Great W posting.
    I’m wondering, do you own all the tableware you post?

  20. June 24, 2010 at 9:16 am

    Wonderful weather vanes and gorgeous table!

  21. June 24, 2010 at 10:04 am

    While I do love weathervanes, even as ornamentals, I do use mine to gauge wind direction. Some of these are great. My favorites are the traditional farm animals seen further away from the water’s edge. There’s something about these old standards that give me a feeling of peace.

  22. June 24, 2010 at 10:36 am

    I cannot tell you what a delight your post today is!! I was uninformed about weathervanes, their history, etc, though, in my worldwide travels this past sixty-five years, I have seen hundreds of them.
    Some are quite elaborate as are many of them along your beautiful lake but some are quite simple.
    It’s a good thing I was not one of those who waited until retirement to travel or I wouldn’t have been anywhere at all! I raised two out of three sons with no child support, a struggle, but I was an RN and, thankfully, managed – in the last 21 years as a forensic nurse for the city and county of San Francisco. I was a sexual assault nurse examiner, sad work but my reward was travel! However, 15 months ago, in MASSIVE budget cuts to the Dept of Public Health, I lost my position and retired. My income went from $140,000/year to under $50,000 so I’m grounded. It’s been hard as rent for this house is $2325 a month, almost the same as my half time city pension – though four of us covered 24/7, they avoided paying us full time benefits by giving us per diem pay for anything over half time!

    That is quite a magnificent house along the lake. I imagine there are many such, with their boats, etc as well as more modest properties.

    Your table setting is lovely…it would be just as beautiful on the Florida shore or in the Caribbean!!!

    At 65, I’ve done it! My poetry book – Life’s Journey by Carmen Henesy – is out on Amazon!
    ( Poems about the things that have been important to me in my journey through life, some humorous, some sad, some that may have meaning to you as well )

  23. June 24, 2010 at 10:49 am

    Your table looks just stunning!!! I’m totally in love with those vintage nostalgic looking plates!

  24. June 24, 2010 at 10:51 am

    Such a pretty table! I love the way you pulled everything together. I really enjoyed seeing all the weathervanes too (well, except that one – LOL!).

  25. June 24, 2010 at 11:06 am

    What a beautiful ocean inspired table!

  26. June 24, 2010 at 11:13 am

    Lovely post. Informative and beautiful. I can’t believe the score you got on those glasses from the dollar store. Don’t you love a good deal?

  27. June 24, 2010 at 11:25 am

    What a neat collection of weathervane pictures! “When pigs fly” was my favorite. Your table looks very inviting!

  28. Riet
    June 24, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    What a Wonderful idea to show weathervanes. Great W word

  29. June 24, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    I love your photos!! And I so agree, as a person who has lived on the ocean, that the salt water icons have no place at the lake! Oh, and thanks for the history lesson.

  30. June 24, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    the flying pig is my fave :D

    great tablescape :D

  31. June 24, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    very beautiful table…..perfect for a dinner by the water….I love the flying pig weathervane…it is my favorite.

  32. June 24, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    I like your play on nature and objects imitating the art in your plates and linens – such a lovely tablescape.

    All the Best,


  33. Viki
    June 25, 2010 at 9:16 am

    What a fun post this was. I loved looking at all the different weather vanes. I’m sure there’s a story behind why each one was picked. It would be interesting to know. I loved the tablescape. You must have a lot of storage to hold all the different place settings you have. Great W post.

  34. June 25, 2010 at 9:59 am

    I loved this post!! I have always loved weathervanes, but I have never seen such a variety. I like the biplane one the best. I think the dog one is a little creepy! Thank you so much for the education and lovely pictures!

  35. June 25, 2010 at 11:57 am

    Beautiful post! Learned a lot about weathervanes. which is also an excellent choice of W-word. Equistite photos!
    Best wishes,
    Anna’s W-Words

  36. June 25, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    Just a fascinating post! As I scrolled through the amazing array of weathervanes, I began to wonder if I’d lost my way from BNOTP. But then I saw the images of your lovely table appearing — great colors, spectacular setting, wonderfully photographed! The blue stemware really captured my attention … Dollar Tree? Amazing!

  37. June 25, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    Absolutly lovely post! I love the weathervanes and your tablescape! Inspiring!

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  39. June 26, 2010 at 11:26 pm

    The weathervanes are amazing! Such a number of them that you were able to see :o) I love the heron one and the bi-plane one the best. And what a beautiful tablescape you shared!

    Blessings & Aloha!
    It was fun to read more about weathervanes. Thank you for sharing!

  40. June 27, 2010 at 9:22 am

    I enjoyed all the weather vane pictures and the history of the large ones. Very interesting. I agree, the dolphins, sailfish, etc. are out of place at a lake. I had to laugh at the last weather vane.

    Your table setting is lovely!

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