Monday, February 28, 2011
On Reflection It's a Golden Opportunity for A Little Light Music
I love windchimes. Several sets are scattered about our yard. More so now, with MM having helped me resurrect a couple last week that had lost one or two elements, but which were easy to repair. So I now have a set of seven tinkling dolphins on the east porch; a set of three "beefy" iron ducks hanging from the old skeleton of the now-deceased Catalpa; a set of three pottery bells hanging on the south side of the picnic shelter, and a very boistrous set of six aluminum tubes on the southeast porch.
You would think all that noise would be intolerable, but since they all front on different sides of the house, they don't all "sing" at the same time.
Windchimes aren't true weathervanes, yet they do offer an auditory message as to the direction of incoming weather. Right now, for example, the wind is piping up to around 30 mph or so and coming directly out of the west, and the chimes on the southwest corner are beyond musical. Their merry clanging is telling it loud and clear, sounding the alarm: batten down the hatches, we're in for a good blow. The dolphins on the east, however, are completely silent. They are unperturbed, and gently swimming through the air, coaxing tiny --almost inaudible--notes from one another, safe in the light breeze, protected from gusts in the lee of the house. On the other hand, the dolphins respond vigorously to the east breezes. That's when we can expect snow in the winter. "East wind shall blow and we shall have snow." So during cold weather, when we get an east wind, the dolphins are my messengers bidding me watch out for snow.
At night, especially, I find the "voices" of the chimes comforting and revealing. We've often been awakened by one or another of the chimes, and sometimes that's important.
Right now, the iron ducks are out there under the Catalpa tree, paddling vigorously and clanking against one another, so the wind has shifted some. Time to get this posted before the electricity decides to take a vacation!