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It's Monday

 

Happy Memorial Day to all my American friends.

Please clean up after yourselves!

(what a statement since this holiday is more about picnics and BBQs than war memorials in the USA)

 

(somewhere near Katwijk aan Zee, NL)

 

 

 

It's Monday

 

Happy Memorial Day to all my American friends.

Please clean up after yourselves!

(what a statement since this holiday is more about picnics and BBQs than war memorials in the USA)

 

(somewhere near Katwijk aan Zee, NL)

 

 

 

comments (26)

You find the most wonderful weather vanes! I love this shot, Ginnie!
I know what you're saying... I can never bring myself to say "Happy" Memorial Day...
In Flagstaff we have a procession - not so much a parade, of the service members from Northern Arizona. I've never gone to it, but apparently the exuberance is kept to polite clapping and salutes, or hand over hearts, as the troops walk by. One day I'd like to make it to that.
Ginnie Hart: Some weathervanes are meant to be highlighted, Elizabeth, and this is one of them! Thanks.

As you know by now, I made a comment on your own post today: "The poster (below your image) is exactly what my own post is about today. I did grow up with small-town parades and memorial services in my childhood years, but almost nothing ever happened in my later years in the USA.

After living in Europe for 5 years, I've decided it's the difference between the continents and how close the war was to each. Our USA soldiers went far away to war while the Europeans fought in their own backyard. It shouldn't matter but it does seem to be the difference?"
you find the greatest weather vanes and your framing of them is always wonderful Ginnie...

that is exactly what Penny has been doing since the snow melted... she spends most of the day in her gardens... and she is so happy to be doing itsmile

As for Memorial Day:
"Lest we forget"
Ginnie Hart: As I just told Elizabeth, some weathervanes deserve special attention, Peter, and this seemed like one of them. I'd love to know more about this one.

But yes, Memorial Day needs to mean more about "lest we forget" than about a national holiday for BBQs and picnics.
  • Elaine-
  • Canada
  • 25 May 2015, 04:54
i love that one, and the blue sky is so pretty!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks you, Elaine. This was one of those vanes that stood out like a sore thumb. smile
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 25 May 2015, 05:43
Lady of the golden rake!
Ginnie Hart: Sounds like a good book, Ray! smile
  • Chris
  • England
  • 25 May 2015, 06:09
This is surely Astrid raking her pathway wearing full Dutchery
Ginnie Hart: You've probably nailed it, Chris! smile
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 25 May 2015, 06:19
Vanes in colour! What decadence, Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: I know, Lisl. Whenever I see one, I sit up and take notice. smile
  • Astrid
  • The Netherlands
  • 25 May 2015, 06:30
This is a wonderful weathervane, even the painted colours are so wonderful. Against the blue sky, what a day for 'Dutch cleaning'.... (that expression is more known in the USA than in Hollandshire)
Ginnie Hart: I grew up with "Dutch cleaning," which tickles me to no end when you say it's not a Dutch term...like "let's go Dutch." Needless to say, this was one of those vanes that really stood out that day! Thanks for stopping and letting me take time with it. smile
I love the dramatic outfit Ginnie, the style and the colour, oh and the photograph.
Ginnie Hart: Many thanks, Chad. It was one of those vanes to notice with more than just a glance!
This weather vane is a gem Ginnie. Wonderful picture!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Richard. A real keeper! smile
Love the weather vane. People should not forget...it is the best hope of stopping it happening again
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Bill, and you'd hope so. For Americans, our soldiers went far away off to war, while the Europeans fought in their own backyard. I think that's a huge difference in how the holiday is "celebrated."
Love the swirl of dust the cleaning has uncovered.
Ginnie Hart: Ah. So THAT'S what that is! HA! Yes, indeed.
Ha ha... I don't suppose they have to wear bonnets while they clean up, right? wink
I saw a woodpecker weathervane yesterday. smile
Have you got that in your collection yet?
Ginnie Hart: Her bonnet reminds me of a pitcher, LC. grin
And NO, I do NOT have a woodpecker vane. Did you save it for me??? But I do have a moose from yesterday. So I asked Astrid if there are moose in the Netherlands??? Nope.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 25 May 2015, 11:14
A fine addition to your weather vane collection. Unfortunately it reminds me that our drive needs raking - not a task I enjoy - I might stir myself after coffee.
Ginnie Hart: HA! Well, you should have seen Astrid today thus far. She gives the true definition to Dutch Cleaning, even though she says she never heard the phrase till she went to America in her 20s. Correction: Astrid said she never heard the phrase till I told it to her. We even have a cleaning brand in America called Dutch Cleanser, with a Dutch maid on the container. smile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 25 May 2015, 11:48
Doesn't matter what you have been doing, you still have to clean up after yourself - therefore a very applicable message smile

That is about wars. If the soldiers are of the dear and near, it is a solemn business. If it is about other people, it is more a picnic.
Ginnie Hart: You always have to clean up after yourself, Louis, yes. I agree. No matter what!

And yes, if it doesn't hit you personally, it''s more of a picnic. For some it's both, I guess.
  • Pat
  • France
  • 25 May 2015, 13:46
Ginnie Hello,
It is a quality ironwork and a picture of hope through the beautiful blue sky! Have a nice week
Ginnie Hart: That's a nice way to put it, Pat. Thank you.
This is a precious one!! I just love that you collect these! It amazes me that you remember what you have versus if it's a new one or not. I know it would be a challenge for me, ha ha! Wonderful start to the week and so nice to be back home...even though Peru was fabulous!!
Ginnie Hart: It's easy to remember if I have a weathervane or not, Robin, if it's the first time I've ever been there. HA! But seriously, closer to home it's easy to go back to spots we've seen before and then hope I remember. So glad you're back home safe-n-sound. Looking forward to your new stories.
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 25 May 2015, 17:01
What a great weathervane!
Ginnie Hart: I thought so, too, Anne. Thanks.
Another great weather vane. I wasn't really aware of this day in your annual national calendar Ginnie, there are those in this country who, for reasons I don't understand, hate to acknowledge the people of your nation helping us in both world wars, but in all reality we couldn't have done it alone and we should always be sympathetic to the loss of so many of your boys as well as our own.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you for saying that, Brian. That means more than you know. I feel so much closer to these wars now because of living here in Europe.
splendide girouette!!! amitiés
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, JP. Some seem more splendid than others!
I think I'd like one like that!
Ginnie Hart: Some really seem very special, Tom!
Very interesting weather vane. We came upon two different parades today on our travels but I have to agree... our national holidays are more about getting a day off than understanding the meaning of the holiday.
Ginnie Hart: My sense about this, Hollie, is that we sent our soldiers off to far-away places to fight the wars, while here in Europe, most soldiers fought in their own backyard. It makes a huge difference! Here in the Netherlands, there is a 2-minute period of silence at 8 p.m. on Memorial Day and the entire country S T O P S. If you're on the road, you pull to the shoulder and stop for those 2 minutes. Seriously. And that's to say nothing of all the memorial services everywhere. I think it's 95% observance...and that's high for us Americans!
That would look great on my shed.
Ginnie Hart: HA! I bet, Michael. grin
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 26 May 2015, 08:59
This is a joy.I lobve the colours of the character. We had a day off yesterday, too, in the UK.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Alan. Whenever I see a vane in color, it seems extra special, as this one was.
  • Focales
  • Focales
  • 26 May 2015, 14:53
Excellent ! I love !
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Marie. When they're in color, they seem that much more special.
  • jpla.
  • Anjou
  • 26 May 2015, 19:49
Belle trouvaille
JP
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, JP. I got out of the car for this one. smile
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 26 May 2015, 23:23
A beautiful unusual weather-vain smile
Ginnie Hart: I thought so, too, Cherry. Thanks.

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