Here’s How To Find North Without a Compass. If you have an analog watch and the sun is visible, you can find north very easily. Hold your watch so the face is horizontal (parallel to the ground). Align it so that the sun is halfway between the hour hand and the number 12. The number 6 will point toward North
The word 'vane' comes from the old English word 'fane' meaning 'flag'.
A weather vane (or weathercock) is an instrument for showing the direction of the wind . They are typically used as an architectural ornament to the highest point of a building.
Although partly functional, weather vanes are generally decorative, often featuring the traditional cockerel design with letters indicating the points of the compass. Other common motifs include ships, arrows and horses. Not all weather vanes have pointers. source: wikipedia