Monday, 6 August 2007

Scarecrow Parade

For those of you out there in "Blogland" who liked my allotment "Scarecrow" photo, some summer fun for you.
Barking is a the closest village to Neeedham Market, the small market Town where I live here in the U.K. and the resident of "Barking" call themselves "Barkonians" which I think has a real quaint "Old English" sound to it.
It is really a small little village (almost more like a Hamlet) with one street and all the houses (all 40 of them!!) in a row along the road and facing the "Green" with no Shops, no Post Office no "Pubs" just a Village Hall. Despite this (or perhaps because of it) the village has loads going on. Playgroups, W.I, Bowls Club, Over 60's, The Rambling Club, A Christmas Bazaar, A Harvest Festival, A Summer Fete and this.... the annual "Scarecrow Week" competition.
Some of the "Scarecrow" entry's are just so totally amazing you wouldn't believe it... so I'm goin' to show you... The official poster. It is taken very,very seriously and pretty much every household in the Village makes a "Scarecrow"Now these ones I do so really like. They are great fun with a bit of a modern twist, but still made like the traditional "Scarecrow"!I didn't quite believe that this was a "Scarecrow" at first and when it hadn't moved for a while I had to go and check. It would have been just my luck if at that point he had turned around and said BOOOOOO!
Some collapsible over 60's "Scarecrows"......I think the poor old thing would have fallen down if she hadn't been in a chair!

"Shrek" and some!!

A "Scarecrow" made by the resident Vet.... I'm not sure that I want to know what she's doing to that sheep!!!This one just made me laugh.... It looked like a little dwarf with it's tiny little legs, but the detail to put the sawdust down as well is soo cool.
This jolly old fellow looked just about as traditional as a "Scarecrow" can be and being a big "Scarecrow" fan was definitely one of my favourites.

Hey, eat your heart out "Darcy Bussell" Just how super cool is this little lady?

The Ladies of the W.I are famed for their hats. I think that "Queenie" looks just fab in this one.

A member of the "Barking Indoor Bowls Club" complete with her score board.

Once upon a time, this house used to be the site of one of Barking's 3 "Pubs". This "Old Boozer" is a tribute to "The Blackbird" and all who drank in her.

I don't know anything about this little lady....I'd hazard a guess that perhaps she is the product of a local hairdresser....I've gotta say, boy does she freak me out!!!

This one looks as though she gave up on the way home from a boozy Garden Party. Damn I knew that I should have accepted that invitation!

This "Water Board" man is lucky not to have been lynched after all the mammoth flooding some bits of our country have just had.

"Elementary my dear Watson". To my knowledge Barking doesn't have a resident detective, but it' a nice idea. A psychologist could have a great time analyzing the mind of the "Scarecrow" builder!!
Now, how superb is that? I don't think that I've ever seen a "Scarecrow" dog before....and definitely not one having a "widdle"!!

I'm so glad that I'm not related to this old chap... although it does rather remind me of someone!

"This Little Piggy Went To Market" I had to save this one 'till last just 'cause it made me laugh. It was made by the owners of the local "Pig Farm"!!
I didn't manage to get good enough piccys of all the "Scarecrows" (Like I said, practically every house joins in with this) and I have no idea who won in the end...I don't think that it matters, they were all truly amazing.
I just hope that you have enjoyed a small taste of "Bizarre British Entertainment"and I would love to know what you think and which "Scarecrow" you like best?
Who knows, maybe if enough of you register an interest we can have a "Scarecrow Swap".... If it hasn't been done already. Any one up for it?


Amy said...

Daisy, I LOVE this. And I'm definitely up for a scarecrow swap. Would it be for a full-size scarecrow to assemble? You know I've got minis on the mind of late.

Maija said...

What fabulous fun you have in your little village!

The Polka Dot Pixie said...

Oh these pictures are absolutely delightful!!! What a treat!

Yes I'd love to do the swap. I would like to do a mini scarecrow too :-)


Hiya Daisy ! Just had to pop on by your Blog after i have heard soooo much about you from the lovely and crazy Jullie :)
Im adding you to my favs, your Blog is great and so re-freshing !
Luv the scarecrow week, how fantastic is that!

Pop on by any time and say HI
i'll be back to visit you often!

Paint Mine Pink


P.S a Scarecrow swap sounds sooo fun! Count me in!

Shann xo

Natasha Burns said...

Daisy what FUN, loving those photos of the scarecrows. It freaked my little guy out though, some kids are scared of clowns, mine is terrified of scarecrows.
THanks for your lovely comments on my blog, you are so sweet!
Take care,
Natasha : )


Hi again......just me....
I wanted to tell you also that i am hosting my very first SWAP, c'mon over and take a peek!

Shann :)

randi---i have to say said...

The "Barbie-ish" scarecrow is a little odd, for sure!