Wind chimes have been a fixture in homes and gardens for centuries. Here are a few facts about wind chimes:
In ancient Rome, they were used to ward off evil spirits and as a symbol of good fortune. In Asia, they were used not only to ward off evil spirits, but also to attract benevolent spirits and to scare away birds and other animals from their fields. They were crafted from bone, wood, bamboo, stone, or shells.
By 2000 B.C. wind chimes were developed along the shores of the Mediterranean and were being cast in bronze by the ancient Egyptians. When the Chinese started casting metal around 1100 BC, bells were incorporated into wind chimes.
Before weather forecasting was developed, farmers and sailors were able to make short-term weather predictions with the help of their general knowledge about local weather, and observations of wind speed and direction. Wind chimes were used to determine the direction of wind. The rate at which the striker hit the tubes was used to calculate wind speed.
I believe this wind chime is predicting cold and snow.
While the chimes below may not have the musical style of those made from bells or tubes and they may not ward off evil spirits, they will add some fun to your garden.
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Do these photos inspire you to dig through your utensil drawer? I'm sure I can find a few items in mine to make a wind chime with. Of course, a trip to the thrift store could help you to find a few pieces to make your wind chime uniquely yours.