Off and on over the last few years there have been one or two objects of desire that have captured my imagination. At first this cause an increased my desire to gather them close and start small collections. I learned quickly that I'm not about "the quest" as much as a collector should be and I quickly lose the drive and the "collections" languish.
You all know how I love the weather and how the sky infuses my daily life. That love was the reason behind this small collection of wind chimes. Our patio is partially covered by a roof which offers the perfect place to hang the chimes and, as luck would have it, the wind often swirls through the open area.
The wind chimes have been collected as we travel and when I look out and see each one I remember when and where it was acquired. This clanging, sturdy bell is a reminder of our trip to Martha's Vineyard in 1992. It's one of the noisiest in high winds. The color has been faded by years in the weather, but nothing else has worn.
This is our oldest chime and it's rusted over the years, as it was meant to do. It's been hanging here since the early 1980s and what I knew about the maker is lost in the ether of time. As with the other chimes, it is noisy and easily rung by a gust of wind.
If the winds kicks up when someone is in the guest room the chimes are taken down or the guest will never sleep. Together they produce a cacophony of sound.
The hanging fish are my very favorite of all the wind chimes on the patio. Their sound is not beautiful, and as you might guess, they sound like clanking terracotta pottery. The fish were purchased from a catalog years and years ago (long forgotten which company) and about 2 years ago the thick string they hang from broke during a winter storm. The fish hit the cement of the patio and shattered to smithereens. A Google search produced the website of the designer who still had several of the same wind chime in stock. He was so pleasant and, also, delighted to know I loved the chime so much I wanted to replace it. Sadly, I could not come up with a link for you today and I can't remember anything about the company name. ETA: The Chain of Life Chime is from Wiltjer Pottery.
This post has helped me decide that this collection must start growing again. New additions to the patio wind chime symphony will help with my new found resolve to have a good winter season. The chimes will help create a winter wonderland of sound.
W is for wind chimes in the windy weather of winter.