Good Directions Rabbit Weathervane in Blue Verde Copper

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First of all I gotta say, this weathervane has been up and rocking my back yard for a couple of weeks now and I’ve been dying to share it with you guys. But the great Visalia goat fiasco of 2015 occurred and set my blogging back back, oh, just A WHOLE HECK OF A LOT.
The sad irony in all of this is that we mounted this Garden Weathervane on the goat barn before the goat madness went down, and now it’s out there, proudly presiding over an empty goat pen. BUT!! There is a VERY STRONG LIKELIHOOD that goat barn won’t be empty for long. I’d fill you folks in on the latest, but I’ve decided that in an effort to NOT flood my Domestic Geek Girl readers with post after post after post of goat related activism, I’ve started a new website, www.improgoat.com (CLICK HERE TO VISIT!) Go check it out to stay up to date on our efforts in the community!
But enough of THAT!! Let’s get on with this review, yeah?!
So, for those of you who have been following my blog for awhile, you’ll remember when I was excited to find that the previous owners of the house we bought left a wrought iron pig weathervane in the back yard. Then how I got frustrated with it because it was broken, banged up, missing a cardinal point, and just generally not in keeping with my backyard theme which is: goats, rabbits and chickens.
You guys all know how much work and effort I put into my little pen, and the only two things left on my list of “things to upgrade”, was wiring up some lighting / heat lamps on the inside and replacing the broken pig weathervane on the outside. So when I saw the Rabbit Weathervane in Blue Verde from Good Directions, I was crazy eager to put that beauty on my goat barn!
I may have done a little happy dance. Maybe. *cough*

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A Brief History of Weathervanes

weathervane is an architectural ornament used for showing the direction of the wind, typically added to the highest point of a building.
Although partly functional, weathervanes are generally decorative, often featuring letters indicating the points of the compass.
The earliest recorded weathervane honored the Greek god Triton, and adorned the Tower of the Winds in Athens which was built by the astronomer Andronicus in 48 B.C.
Archaeologists have discovered weathervanes in all areas of the globe. Vikings used bronze weathervanes from the 9th century featuring animals or Norse fable characters. They have been found on ships and on Scandinavian churches in Sweden and Norway.
In the ninth century A.D., the pope reportedly decreed that every church in Europe should show a cock on its dome or steeple, as a reminder of Jesus’ prophecy that the cock would not crow the morning after the Last Supper, until the disciple Peter had denounced Him three times (Luke 22:34). Because of this story, “weather cocks” have topped church steeples for centuries, both in Europe and in America.
But it is the banners which flew from medieval towers in Britain, Normandy and Germany which are the precursors to our modern weathervanes. The word “vane” actually comes from the Anglo-Saxon word “fane”, meaning “flag”. Originally, fabric pennants would show the archers the direction of the wind. Later, the cloth flags were replaced by metal ones, decorated with the insignia or coat of arms of the lord or nobleman, and balanced to turn in the wind. From these antecedents come the banners which the early American colonists favored for their meeting halls and public buildings.
Modern day weathervanes have a special history rooted in early American colonial art. America’s first documented weathervane maker, Deacon Shem Drowne, created the famous grasshopper vane atop Boston’s Faneuil Hall (1742), as well as the banner for Boston’s Old North Church (1740), the rooster now on First Church in Cambridge (orig. 1721), and the large copper Indian for Boston’s Province House (1716).
Our founding fathers made weathervanes an estate staple. Thomas Jefferson attached the weathervane on Monticello to a pointer in the ceiling of the room directly below, so he could read the direction of the wind from inside his home. And George Washington commemorated the end of the Revolutionary War by commissioning a Dove of Peace weathervane from Joseph Rakestraw in 1787, for his estate at Mount Vernon.
In the early 1800’s, Americans favored weathervanes in patriotic designs, including the Goddess of Liberty, and of course, the Federal Eagle. By the middle of the century, vanes of famous racing horses like Black Hawk”, “Smuggler” and “George M. Patchen” were being modeled after the popular Currier and Ives prints.
In the last decades of the 19th century, Victorian buildings had fancy weather vanes and elaborate metalwork embellishing almost every inch of roof space.
Weathervanes enjoy a rich world history and are a large part of early Americana art. Whether for function or for art, weathervanes add a unique and refined touch to the modern garden!

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About Good Directions

Good Directions offers fresh, unique and classic outdoor living décor from a growing roster of artisans. From weathervanes to birdhouses to fire pits, all of their heavy-gauge, high quality products are designed to last for generations.
From the president of Good Directions:
Outdoor living is booming. Today’s homeowners are bringing the same attention to beautifying their outdoor living spaces as they do their interiors. Good Directions is passionate about providing our customers with unique items that combine stylish form with durable function; elements that meet the high standards of house-proud homeowners. At Good Directions we believe excellent quality and service should be a given. We think you deserve more. We hope you’ll always look to Good Directions for outdoor living products that are unique and innovative.

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My Thoughts on my Good Directions Weathervane

This garden sized Rabbit Weathervane in Blue Verde Copper (CLICK HERE to view the product page) was designed by American craftsmen and handcrafted using Old World techniques in sculptural detail.
This is a maintenance-free garden weathervane that actually works – none of this immovable in the wind garbage you see with cheaper models like my pig weathervane. (It’s actually EXTREMELY windy as I’m typing this!) It moves smoothly, but isn’t so loose as to fling around at every breeze, and it’s sturdy enough to allay any fears of breakage. Every aspect of this product is thoughtfully and artfully designed. Good Directions cuts no corners in quality – the figures, directionals and spacer balls are made of copper and brass for beauty and longevity.

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Not gonna lie, I was a little nervous about this weathervane initially, not because of Good Directions (they are a trusted company with superior products) but because our goat pen, the size of a small garden shed, was pretty much made from scratch, using no plans. I was afraid the pitch of the roof, or the tin on the roof, would not allow the weathervane to sit securely or snugly. Really, I stressed out about this like crazy.
Every step up the ladder to the pitch of the roof I thought, “Not gonna fit.. not gonna fit.. not gonna fit!” But guess what?! It fit!! Whew! Not sure what all my internal fuss was about! The mounting hardware is tough and sturdy, but designed in such a way as to be flexible enough to fit some variations in roof materials and angle of roof pitch.
I am just in love with this weathervane! I am a huge fan of the blue verde copper, which provides an attractive patina and a unique sense of depth and character to each piece of art.
I am EXTREMELY pleased with the strength and quality of this weathervane, it’s definitely a pass down to the children keepsake / garden heirloom! As I’ve said before, Good Directions does not sell product, they sell art.
Good Directions has an amazing variety of unique and classic design and featuring high-quality craftsmanship. (CLICK HERE to see their full online catalogue of weathervanes in estate, standard and garden sizes!) My husband and I are pretty much already sold on their Victorian Arrow weathervane for our greenhouse when we’re finished building it this fall!
[Disclaimer: There are no affiliate links in this review. I am an independent product reviewer. I only review products I am truly interested in. I don’t accept payment for reviews. The products I take the time to jabber on about are either items I have personally purchased, or the product has been provided for review after me initiating contact and incessantly nagging for a sample. All of my reviews are unbiased regardless of how the item was obtained.]
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Gingi is a photographer, cosplayer, amateur chef, crazy cat lady, anime otaku, bookworm, generic geek, world traveler, conservative Christian, homeschooler, devoted military wife and stay at home new mother of two little girls. Gingi blogs about anything and everything that is relevant to being a supermom, stay at home wife, homeschooler and geek girl! You can contact her at gingifreeman@gmail.com or via the contact form on her website at www.domesticgeekgirl.com

58 thoughts on “Good Directions Rabbit Weathervane in Blue Verde Copper

  • 7 May, 2015 at 9:39 pm
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    Gingi this weather vane is so cute… I like the color and how rustic it looks too ♡ … The bunny is really sweet, I’m glad you found a weather vane you liked ♡ xox

    • 8 May, 2015 at 4:14 am
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      Yeah, I’m a big fan of the bright copper, but this blue verde is soooo unique and great in a rustic setting!

  • 7 May, 2015 at 10:57 pm
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    I’ve never seen a bunny one before. I’m a fan of bunnies! We had a weather vane on top of our backyard playset growing up. I hadn’t thought of it in years. I used to watch it flutter around when a storm was coming. It was very soothing. Thanks for reminding me 🙂
    ♥ Jill

    • 8 May, 2015 at 4:15 am
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      Isn’t that crazy how childhood memories come back like that?! Glad you like the post! <3

  • 7 May, 2015 at 10:58 pm
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    Can I just say how much I love that this weathervane is a rabbit. Seriously perfect and if I get one soon, this would be the one I want 😉

  • 8 May, 2015 at 1:36 am
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    Hi Gingi! I’m sorry to hear about your ‘goat fiasco’, but maybe you’ll be getting some new ones?
    I think your weather vane is adorable. I like the patina on it, it looks so vintage. I don’t have a vane myself, but we do have a wind sculpture in front of the house. It spins with the wind, and I love it. We bought it in New Mexico to celebrate our anniversary one year.
    It’s got that green patina too.
    Happy Mother’s Day this weekend 🙂
    Ceil

    • 8 May, 2015 at 4:16 am
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      Hopefully my goats will be coming home SOON! They are at a friends in the meantime. Happy Mothers Day to you too!!! <3

  • 8 May, 2015 at 2:19 am
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    Oh my goodness we need this!! We do the rabbit project for 4H and this needs to be a part of our backyard landscaping! We will name it Lancey after our Loppy 🙂

    • 8 May, 2015 at 4:17 am
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      AAWWWWW, I love lop rabbits!! <3

  • 8 May, 2015 at 2:28 am
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    What a beautiful weathervane! The history of weathervanes is so interesting 🙂

  • 8 May, 2015 at 3:45 am
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    So adorable! I didn’t even notice it the other day when I walked out there. Now you just gotta get some bunnies!

    • 8 May, 2015 at 4:17 am
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      Yeah, we replaced that broken pig! You want a broken pig weathervane? hehehe…

    • 10 May, 2015 at 4:59 pm
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      Thanks! <3

    • 10 May, 2015 at 5:00 pm
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      I bet you’ve seen some cool weathervanes in your travels!!

  • 8 May, 2015 at 5:02 pm
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    …and now I suddenly want a weathervane. This is all your fault, Gingi. It’s so darn cute.

    • 10 May, 2015 at 5:00 pm
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      Mwahahahaha!!! Twas my evil plan! 😉

  • 8 May, 2015 at 6:04 pm
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    I love love love old fashioned type things like this. So cute.

    I hope the goats get to return soon!

    Corinne x

    • 10 May, 2015 at 5:00 pm
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      You and me both.. I am optimistic it will happen soon! <3

  • 8 May, 2015 at 8:15 pm
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    I just learned a lot! I love the rooster on the churches part! I never thought of that symbolically. 🙂 Now to check out the goat thing. I’m pro goat!

  • 8 May, 2015 at 9:05 pm
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    Hmmm, I’ve never had a weathervane before, I do love bunnies so this is super tempting… I’m glad it worked where you wanted to put it and I hope the goats will be home soon.

    • 10 May, 2015 at 5:01 pm
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      Thank you Lisa! <3

  • 9 May, 2015 at 12:26 am
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    I am ashamed to admit that I wasn’t aware you could even get a rabbit weathervane, I thought they only came in cockerel, but yours is lovely and full of character! Instantly made me think of the Flopsy Bunnies, and I love rabbits, I’ve had a few over the years and they are lovely creatures 🙂

    Amanda Winchester ♥ | AmandaSays

    • 10 May, 2015 at 5:02 pm
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      Yeah, check out the Good Directions website.. TONS of designs to choose from! It’s kind of fun!

  • 9 May, 2015 at 11:54 am
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    I do like weather-vanes, and was pleased to hear that you ended up liking your new one. Very intereting read on the History of them too – thanks.

    Have a great weekend

    All the best Jan

  • 9 May, 2015 at 1:13 pm
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    Well this was timely! The weathervane on our garage snapped off and we’ve been looking for a nice copper replacement. Thanks for the great review and the cool history lesson. Keep the fire going Gingi and get those darling goats back where they belong! 🙂

    • 10 May, 2015 at 5:03 pm
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      Thank you Linda!! <3 <3

  • 9 May, 2015 at 10:33 pm
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    Man, when you review something, you really do it in style!
    My mom wanted a weathervane for her birthday one year and I really researched the perfect one. Personally, I want a moose one.

    • 10 May, 2015 at 5:05 pm
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      Yeah, I kind of go cray cray with reviews, hahaha..

  • 10 May, 2015 at 10:15 am
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    Oh wow, I love weathervanes!This one is absolutely perfection because obviously I love anything rabbit-related! Thanks for sharing!

    • 10 May, 2015 at 5:05 pm
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      I’ll stop by and check it out! <3

    • 11 May, 2015 at 2:43 pm
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      <3

  • 10 May, 2015 at 7:34 pm
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    I’m always trying to spot on interesting weather vane – especially love the ones with animals or birds)
    Sorry to hear about the goats – wishing them to be back home soon!

    http://www.stripesnvibes.com
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    • 12 May, 2015 at 4:14 pm
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      Thanks Tanya! <3

  • 10 May, 2015 at 9:15 pm
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    We used to have one back at home too, with a bird on top! (I was going to say cock but that always sounds weird, hehe). I think it add that little extra to your garden, and I really like it!

    XO IMKE // http://www.pastellics.com

    • 12 May, 2015 at 4:14 pm
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      Hahahaha, yeah, I’m waaaaay to juvenile to NOT snicker when I typed that! lol

    • 15 May, 2015 at 4:10 pm
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      <3 <3

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