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Rachel's Journal

Rachel's Journal

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The Chimes

28 July 2009 22:50:33
The Chimes

The Chimes

I inherited a set of chimes. Its sound is magical.

My husband hung it up on one of our pergolas and the sound echoing through the garden on a slightly breezy day is just enchanting.

The only problem is that on windy nights I lie awake, listening to the chimes blowing, thinking how I should have taken them down.

The string will perish if left out ovewinter and I am still not 100% sure how weather resistent the chimes are but I find it so theraputic to listen to the sound, especially on these rainy days when you can't actually go into the garden.

The sound is delicate and yet it carries. I do hope my neighbours like it too!


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J.D. J.D. 28 July 2009 23:34:05

Bamboo chimes, I think, give off a more natural sound. But yea, you're right, I would definitely take them in for the winter., The nylon, that the chimes are attached to, tend to rot out in the constant rain.


Mairin Mairin 29 July 2009 00:58:48

I had a bamboo one and the nylon rotted first so I replaced it and then the bamboo rotted and broke. Sorry afterwards that I hadn't brought it in for the winter. But yes, they are lovely.


J.D. J.D. 29 July 2009 01:05:57

We have to remember, nothing is forever. Once I replaced the nylon, the chimes were grand. The bamboo didnt rot. They're on the go now for at least 3 yrs.


Clara Clara 29 July 2009 07:28:05

I have the same ones hanging now for about 5 years I just put up the middle piece if it gets to windy and no problem maybe I have it in a more sheltered area I love the sound from it


Liz.M Liz.M 29 July 2009 08:48:19

I agree with you that the sound is magical. I have some heavy duty chimes that I keep in the kitchen window - they would wake my furthest neighbours if I put them out. I did buy a beautiful miniture Angel chimes from Ann's Angels in Wexford for my daughter after an Angel workshop I attended there, it looks so fragile, but we hung it from here playhouse porch outside and it just tinkles so beautifully. Every now and then it just captures your attention - beautiful.


Gismo1981 Gismo1981 29 July 2009 12:23:17

Instead of string tie them up with fishing line, its way more durable :O) I like the sound of them but I am a light sleeper so they would have to come down every evening.


Rachel Rachel 29 July 2009 13:01:19

The bamboo is lovely - shades of Japanese gardens and its sound is more natural. I would be happy to inherit one of those too : ) Gismo, you are right about that fishing line - I used it one year to tie my bamboo stakes together for sweet pea. It is incredibly still intact and wrapped around the top of the bamboos although they've been used for many other jobs since.


chrismcaleer chrismcaleer 29 July 2009 21:34:46

Am I the only one who thinks they are a nuisance, they keep me awake at night....sorry


kitty kitty 29 July 2009 22:41:41

i am maybe the only person thats find wind chimes creepy. hate the noise of them. freaky sorry rachel


kitty kitty 29 July 2009 23:01:16

rachel i was just reading jools journal and you mentioned in a coment that you sowed a lobelia is that kind of a tree lobelia with the magenta flowers say in on ground force a few times


Rachel Rachel 29 July 2009 23:28:33

Chris & Kitty, you are the only ones who don't like them - outvoted! Kitty, I was talking about Lobelia Cardinalis - preferably Queen Victoria. I just adore them.


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