Scarecrows of Mine
These guys have been intriguing me for the last couple of months. Everyday – to and from work – they’ve caught my eye. Either because they’ve been standing to attention, or because they have been running.
I know they are the latest in a long line of scarecrows – first recorded in English literature in 1592, as creatures to”scare crows.” And I know they are one of those amazing things that have simultaneously evolved across this blue green planet of ours.
From Ancient Egypt, to Japan in 712; the scarecrow has captured our imagination either at the centre of horror stories, within the pages of DC comics, the lyrics of the Scarecrow from The Piper at the Gates of Dawn Pink Floyd’s debut album and – of course – Doctor Who .
As you can see… they’re not your ordinary family, are they?
Those are fascinating and frightening at the same time.
Aren’t they amazing? So different from the usual scarecrow!
When I first saw them, they reminded me of people in those suits they use for fencing. Some of the poses rather resembled that as well. Amazing. I wish I could see them in real life.
Oh yes… I hadn’t made that connection, but they do look like fencers! It’s a shame I don’t have a better camera to get a close up!
We had someone make up ‘people’ in a boat. first one sitting, thena few weeks later one standing. They were a lot like scarecrows, but I couldn’t see their purpose, unless it was to keep water-birds away from baby fish
I know what you mean… there’s a cottage on the way to work with a really small garden. Last year they had two scarecrows sitting out in the garden. They had sun hats and were drinking beer. I could see the sense in that! But Scarecrow in a boat?
Nope. Does not compute
Now you have me thinking. I am sure I have heard folk tales about scarecrows. Most unsettling. And yet I went to HInton Ampner and the had the most affable one in a green boiler suit scaring birds in the walled garden. Each one has a different character, don’t they?