Some thought it was an act of vandalism, others went as far as saying it was criminal damage to garden property, but everyone agreed that it was certainly an act of trespass.
Word got around the small village fast and eventually to Ian. But of course, he already knew. He'd heard them talking out in the fields when no one was listening, and no one was watching.
Why would they? Scarecrows stay put. They stand and scare and once erected to do their job are significantly ignored and undervalued. The Cooperative was always busy; soil to dig, seeds to plant, vegetables to water, yearly pursuits for a timely harvest.
Growers would work on the sloping field overlooking the beautiful Tyne Valley, exchanging stories and giving advice. Friday and Saturday were especially busy as members called in to collect their veg baskets, then quiet would fall on a Sunday when only Ian might visit the field to do some small job.
People connect with nature at different levels; many have a screensaver of a beautiful landscape; some avidly watch a television programme while others enjoy tending to their gardens but occasionally a person is in tune with nature. Earth is a precious commodity for those insects and plants that live and feast on it.
It has a rhythm that gives an awakening to things that should stay inactive or at best, dormant. The scarecrows were awake and knew there was more to see in the village, so had gone to visit...