Tuesday, 15 November 2011
These two postcards arrived within the last month. I was struck with just how similar they were in spite of coming from almost opposite sides of the earth. The first - clearly - is from Ohio while the second comes from a little boy in Finland.
I would have called them haystacks. The Finnish postcard translates heinäseipäät as hay poles, while the postcard from Ohio describes them as wheat shocks, so it seems they are two different things.
When I was a child I can remember "helping" the local farmer who must have been a very patient man. He made haystacks that were dumpier, not as long and thin as the Swedish ones. Monet produced a whole series of paintings of haystacks but his looked like small, round houses. There must be all sorts of local traditional haystacks but I must say I had never thought about it until I received these two postcards.