Wednesday, June 20, 2012

DON'T FORGET THE ROOF

For my birthday many years ago, my sister gave me a vintage weather vane like this
it came from an antique store in Quanah, Texas
(Yes, as in Quanah Parker...he skulked around these parts a lot)

822 will be the 4th roof on Barkley Street this vane has lived on

Before we attach it to the turret, it needs some minor tweaking to make it strong
enough for our Panhandle winds that on any given day can blow in
excess of 50 mph

I think it will look very nice with the copper balls and spires

and the two amethyst balls..one on the front porch, one on the back

that match the purple leaded glass in the porch lights
this glass has turned purple over the years
it is incredibly heavy and thick
I think they date to 1921


I kind of wish they could all stay this bright copper color


but they verdigris over time and I like that too

When hubby agreed to put them on for me
I lighted a prayer candle and swished the flame his way
and did my part to hold the ladder
and screws

It was pretty scary
in the words of our friend Mary I also told him at each peak
"don't fall down"






7 comments:

designchic said...

It's going to look fabulous with your beautiful spires - love your lanterns on the front!!

Stacy Curran said...

I love it! What a gorgeous piece - it's going to look SO good! No one here uses them, but growing up everyone had them , so this makes me nostalgic!
Stacy

LA VIE EN ROSE said...

I would love an antique weather vane for our roof - I love them - but I haven't come across any :( I do like your copper balls as well - very tasty!!

Sharon
xxxx

Annmarie Pipa said...

what a gorgeous touch!!

Laura said...

They are really going to look amazing!!!! I love weather vanes too, I wouldnt mind one in my little garden!! hope you are having a wonderful day!
laura xx

Maureen at The Inglenook Decor said...

what a nice detail....love!

Reinventing Mimi B said...

Absolutely lovely and such an inspired idea!

Best,
~Mimi B~