Ting Ting, Ting-a-Ling

Welcome to Colleen’s Corner. This is a column meant for fun and some information About myself: I am Colleen Fielding, a Freelance Photographer you often see me on the side of the road  or in various places taking photos of different things animals, birds, places, people etc.  l have lived in Lumby just over 8 years,you have seen my photos in the newspaper (Lumby Valley Times) and once in awhile in the Vernon Morning Star, and the Lumby Art Gallery. Photography is my passion. Disclaimer:  The information on some of my photos that I write about a lot of times come from the Internet or books I research them, hopefully the facts are as close to the truth as I can come.

As I walk into my backyard now that all the snow has gone, there is a slight breeze, I hear one of my favorite sounds blowing in the breeze. 

Windchimes, how i love the different sounds they make, they only need the slightest breeze  to set them off. And when it is really windy, WOW you can hear them for quite a distance. 

Some are made of Wood, Metal, Aluminum, Shells,  Steel, Bamboo, Brass, Clay, etc. There are some cultures that will even use Bones to make Windchimes. Each with their own unique sound. As long as they are tuned properly, their sound can be a very relaxing sound. Although when it is very windy and all your chimes are blowing heavily in the wind, they may make too much noise for your neighbors. Try using smaller chimes as they are not as loud as the larger ones. The larger the Windchime the more noise this will make. The thinner chimes tend to be more high pitched than the wider ones.

Windchimes were thought to have been discovered in Asia around 1100 BC, they were created to ward off evil spirits, this is why some people hang them in their doorways, to let the evil spirits out and the good spirits in.

Windchimes will not keep away the birds in your backyard, at first they may be a little shy of the Windchimes, but once they are used to them the birds will return. A couple of years ago, a bird was sitting on the top of the Wind Chime as it gently blew in the breeze, I think it was using the Windchime as a swing.

When I go for a walk I am always amazed by the different types of Windchimes people have hanging in their yards. Some are very elaborate while others are just cute and simple. 

You can buy Windchimes pretty much anywhere, garden shops, grocery stores, dollar stores, etc. If you are wanting to make your own there are plenty of ways on the Internet.

Looking at my Windchimes I have discovered that some of them have lost pieces (from too much wind I suppose) time to go out and buy some more.

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