Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Scarecrow time of year !
It is that time of year when all the crow better run for the hills !! The scarecrows are out in full force! I love it, they are one of my favorite things . There are so many different kinds and each one is better then the last .
Did you hear about the scarecrow that won an award?
Apparently he was out standing in his field.
This is Miles Scarecrow. He is a very smart little scarecrow. He wants to tell you something about scarecrows: "Farmers work very hard planting and harvesting their crops. The scarecrow is an important "farm hand" whose job is to stand in the garden and frighten away birds which might eat the fruit, vegetables, and grain before they're harvested. People all over the world rely on the figures to keep their crops safe."
Miles Scarecrow also wants to tell you: "Scarecrows have been used for 3000 years all over the world, and have been called by other names like the jack-of-straw, scarebird, tattybogle, shoy-hoy."
This is Michael Scarecrow. He likes to play fun video games. He would also like to tell you something about scarecrows: "Scarecrows have a long history, dating back to the ancient Romans and Greeks who carved wooden statues of their harvest gods to stand guard in the fields. Germans created wooden witches for the same purpose, and they believed that the figures had special powers to draw the "evil spirit of winter" into their bodies so that spring would come. People in Japan protected their rice paddies with scarecrows made of oily rags and fish bones attached to tall sticks."
Michael Scarecrow would also like to tell you: "Hungry birds have always been a problem for farmers. Sometimes the birds ate so much corn or wheat that a farmer and his family would not have enough food to last through the winter." SO "Farmers get hoppin' mad when crows and other birds snatch their crops. That's why they started making scarecrows. They stuffed old clothes with straw. Then they put these scarecrow "people" on poles in their fields. Did the scarecrows do a good job of frightening the birds away? Maybe for a few hours. Pretty soon the birds were using the scarecrows as places to rest between meals!"
This is Mathew Scarecrow, he is the youngest and funniest scarecrow brother of our adopted three. Mathew Scarecrow likes to make people laugh and he is very good at it too. He is so sweet and funny. Mathew has something to tell you about scarecrows too: "As you can see, scarecrows are created from whatever the farmer has on hand. In America the figure is usually made of some old clothes and a hat, and the stuffing is straw or hay."
Mathew Scarecrow also wants to tell you: "Neither rain nor snow nor dead of night can make the scarecrow leave their post as guardians of the crops. They also weather the through the wind, sleet and blazing sun. They protect young corn in the spring; in the summer, beans and cabbages, in the fall and winter, the early plantings of wheat."
Well no matter what ye use ye Scarecrows for, or what they be made out of !
Let your imagination run free and create your own protector of the Fields !
Enjoy the season !
Posted by Laura at 9:44 AM