The phrase “ring in the new year” apparently stems from an old practice of church bells tolling a somber end to the previous year and a cheery ring to the entry of the new year. I never knew that. I suppose the modern equivalent would be using firecrackers to do the job. How I wish they used church bells instead of burning up a phenomenal amount of gunpowder while maiming or injuring thousands of people at the same time. Personally, I am all for large public fireworks displays rather than everyone and their personal pyromaniac tendencies… :)
We have this rather large bronze bell at the beach, old but probably not yet really an antique, from our days living in Indonesia and frequent side trips to Bali. The bell gives off a wonderful ring–loud, deep and piercing all at the same time. When we didn’t have any neighbors for a 200 meter radius around our home, we used to ring the bell loudly at meal times to call guests to the table. You could hear it at the beach just 60 meters or so away… Today, I ring it to wake up the Tee if it is approaching noontime and she is still fast asleep… :)
It’s been a while since I looked at the bell closely, and was happy to rediscover the details which probably attracted our attention to the bell in the first place…
In this last photo, a few “cobwebs” were visible, and this was part of the reason for the discussion over spiderwebs vs. cobwebs, in this previous post. So here we are, the end of 2011, and an auspicious(?) 2012 ahead of us… a DRAGON year (think even more babies than usual in some cultures), an olympic year, and the year the world will come to an end, according to the Mayans… I will be writing out my New Year’s resolutions for 2012 sometime later today, and hope that I meet at least 80% of them by the end of the year. This year I did about 70% of my goals, a solid “C” grade… :) From our family to yours, we wish you all a very prosperous and healthy 2012! Happy New Year!!!