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Catch the Wind with Chimes and Bells

Updated on June 30, 2020
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Mickie Gee is a retired librarian and a grandmother. She knows a little bit about a lot of topics. Life experiences are wonderful.

My 2 Windchimes--one is big and one is tiny.

I love sitting in my backyard and especially enjoy hearing my 2 wind chimes. It makes my day more pleasant when I hear the soothing and mellow sounds of my bells in the wind.

On a recent trip to Carmel-by-the-Sea, California I passed through one of the hidden courtyards and heard the most delightful sound. It came from a very small bell with a 6 inch piece of paper dangling from it. The tiny tinkling was so soothing and made the courtyard of a book shop a happy place to be.

I just had to have that wind bell, so I bought two. (I kept one and gave the other one away! A wind chime makes a very thoughtful gift for anyone in my opinion.)

Continue reading to find out what other wind chime I have in my backyard sanctuary. (I have reviewed two on this page.) You can also hear their tranquil sounds. (There are video links that lead you to those tranquil sounds!)

If you look closely in the upper left of the photo (look for the yellow arrow), you can see a rather large bell hanging from the tree in this garden image called Zen Walking (Public domain) by Effy Huang. Keep scrolling down to see the image in its entirety to get an idea of how big that bell is.

Duel: Ringing and Dinging of Bells Do Soothe My Soul! - Catch the wind with chimes and bells, anyone?

Chimes or bells. Are they welcome in your garden, yard or patio?

I read a tip in an article that suggests that several days after you hang them, ask your neighbors how they like your new wind chimes. If they answer, "What wind chimes?" you need not worry if you are bothering them.

Do you find the sound of windchimes or bells soothing?

Why should you have a wind-bell or wind chime?

To add the element of a musical sound to your garden decor.

The wind-bell has existed since prehistoric times. In eastern and southern Asia, these chimes are often decorated and hung from the eaves of sacred structures. The believed benefit? The attraction of beneficial spirits!

In the 19th and 20th centuries, windchimes became popular in western cultures as decorative art.

Source:"wind-bell." Encyclopdia Britannica. Encyclopdia Britannica Online Library Edition.

Encyclopdia Britannica, Inc., 2012. Web. 24 June 2012.

A small wind bell can make your garden a sanctuary. - This windchime makes a small "tinkling" sound.

I purchased the Owl Shaped Japanese Iron Wind Bell on a trip to Carmel-by-the-Sea. I am delighted that they can be found on Amazon. These chimes are only a little over an inch and a half in height and width so they can hang from even the smallest branch of a plant. The paper that catches the wind deteriorates over time, symbolizing the impermanence of things. I image that I will replace it with card stock or even price tags from clothing. I recycle, you all!

I suggest purchasing several of these small iron wind bells to keep on hand. A Windchime would be a perfect hostess gift if you are invited to an outdoor dinner. They are just the right size to pack in a suitcase when you go visit your Mom during Mother's Day weekend, too.

Owl Shaped Japanese Iron Wind Bell #TIR158
Owl Shaped Japanese Iron Wind Bell #TIR158
This is the wind bell that I own and that is hanging on my back deck. i love the delicate tinkling of this chime. It sometimes warns me that there is a rain shower on the way.

The tinkling sound of a Japanese Windbell:

Does it make a "ding" or a "tinkle"?

the tintinnabulation that so voluminously swells from the ringing and the dinging of the bells!


the ringing or sound of bells

The earliest documented use of this term: 1831, in Edgar Allan Poe's poem The Bells. (the quote above is found there)

Doesn't sound too soothing, does it?

I purchased my Japanese Wind Bell in California! - The chime reminds me of the lovely alley paths in Carmel-by-the-Sea

If you wish to read about Carmel-by-the-Sea, please feel free to visit the page link below. Enjoy your trip!

I also own Corinthian Bells toned wind chimes! - They are much larger than the Japanese bell.

We have a large place to hang these particular windchimes. If your yard or patio is small, you can find a smaller size on Amazon. We usually tie up the chimes when we expect a big storm. During a small rain shower, though, these bells make a lovely sound. Actually, the sound (bong) is very much like music on the wind. Not like church bells, but like the wind writing a symphony.

Made in the USA! Watch the video below to see why you need these particular chimes for your garden.

These Mellow Corinthian QMT wind chimes are made in the USA - Add tranquility to your garden.

Hear why you should buy the beautiful chimes that I own.

Not everyone lives in a house or a suburb. Some of you might live in a big city apartment building or a patio garden home with neighbors within an arm's reach. What soothes you when you go outside? My windchimes and bell calm my soul.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2012 Mickie Gee


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