Monday, April 28, 2014

THE SOUNDS OF SILENCE


Not being a tall person I usually hang things within reach. And sometimes this creates problems for the people around me that are taller. Because our house is the way it is, you can not hang anything from it, on the outside. So... years ago I used the lower branches of a backyard pine tree to house all my wind chimes. I must have had a dozen or more dangling there. I loved it because each one had a different tone and when the breeze came through... it was like a symphony playing. Unfortunately the height of the chimes became an issue when my husband was cutting the grass. They were so low they hit him in the head. Needless to say, this made him an unhappy camper. And he would tug at the ones bothering him the most and they would sometimes fall to the ground. I would then pick them up and re-attach them to the tree. On a windy day, I had the same problem, though... on the ground they would go. Over time it just became too big of a hassle to keep doing it. So the sweet music of the chimes faded from my yard. At first it made me sad, then I got used to the sounds of silence. The other day I happened upon a display of wind chimes and I felt that old tug of my heart. I left without one, but I'm tempted to go back and buy one... to start my collection all over again. What do you think??? Is it worth the trouble or not? 

19 comments:

jack69 said...

I can see the problem with the low hanging chimes, but also hate for one to miss the sympathy, maybe work a deal with the hubby to string a line higher and use a foot stool to hang them!
Or rehang them to the limb and remove them on grass cutting days.
Oh well? LOL life does have a few little problems..
Nice entry, today I turned my hearing aid off and enjoyed the SILENCE!

betty said...

I think if you enjoy them so much I would find a way to make it work; I like Jack's idea to maybe rehang them or remove them on grass cutting days. They can sound so pretty as they are chiming. I hope you find a solution that works for you!

betty

Jon said...

I love wind chimes, but it's an impossibility to have them here in my area of Texas with the incessantly violent gusts.

I think you should start your collection again. Perhaps you could use a stepladder to hang them higher in the tree (or somewhere else) and tie them securely so they won't fall off.

Weekend-Windup said...

Sad about to hear the injury. In our house also since i am not tall i used to tell him to keep all the things some down which is uncomfort for him.

Paula said...

I like wind chimes too but the wind always seems to makes parts of them fall off or get tangled. Hope you figure a way to enjoy them again.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I love the sound of my wind chimes. I have one on the porch and one by the back steps too.

RoeH said...

I love wind chimes.

Jean said...

I love wind chimes and have one on the carport, but had to move it to hang my firms and now it doesn't get as much wind. Have a nice day. Jean

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

I have a couple of sets of wind chimes. But fortunately, mine hang out of the reach of heads. One hangs off the side deck where I hang my laundry; it has a wonderful deep tone. Another hangs just off the back deck and is small and tinkley. The last one is actually a gong; this one is at the front entrance hanging from a hanging-basket crook. I guess if I find a mate, I'll have to look for short guys!!

jaz@octoberfarm said...

i love windchimes and would never be without them. i have them hanging all through my gardens!

Formerly known as Frau said...

I've grown to enjoy silence.....but if you love them then find a way....life is too short! Happy Monday!

Roses around the door... said...

Yes i think you should try again with the wind chimes. The sounds are beautiful, i think you may have sown a seed for thought for my own garden :)

Ellen in Oregon said...

There is an item I found on Amazon that you may want to look at. It is called a Brick Clip & is under the category Patio & Garden. It is a small rectangle that grabs the brick wall without having to drill into the brick.It has a little hook to hang just grab the brick and I think they each hold up to 25 lbs. The cost is about $2.50 for a pack of two.
If you hang the chimes from a tree limb, don't forget to wrap a strip of old fabric around the limb where the chimes will be tied onto the limb. This will prevent the limb from being cut or damaged as the chines blow around in the wind.

Mevely317 said...

For what it's worth ... I think you should go for it. Life's too short for regrets!

Cheryl @ TFD said...

I like wind chimes, but I also like the sounds Mother Nature makes, too. My hearing isn't as good as it once was and I love to hear the birds singing. If you love the chimes, I say go for it!

DD said...

Yes, go back and buy your favorite chime and worry about where or how to hang it later. You are making me want to go visit a little shop in my area that specializes partly in wind chimes. I need one more...lol.
Thank you for the sweet comment on my blog. :)

Pat MacKenzie said...

Its definitely worth the trouble. They were something you loved and which gave you joy. Maybe you don't need a lot of them, but one certainly wouldn't be a bad idea. Now you've made me want to go out and get some for my yard. And I will! Thank you for the inspiration.

Rose said...

I like Jack's idea too!

Kay said...

I have always loved wind chimes. Actually I love anything that moves in the wind. I have wind chimes and wind spinners on my patio. My late husband and I used to visit a gift shop in northern California that sold wind chimes and they were hanging outside the store and sounded so soothing.