Susan emailed me yesterday afternoon with a photograph and mysterious message:
If you know what this attached picture is, you'll know what I've spent a very happy hour or so researching and reading about this afternoon. Not sure why I happened upon this course of study but I did... and I've enjoyed every minute of it.
I emailed her back, Wheels falling off wagons??? :)
It turned out to be:
The bells of Alvechurch
Susan whiled away a few hours on Sunday afternoon doing research on bell ringing!
She wrote again later:
I kept reading about "change ringing in the English pattern" and decided I needed to know more about what that is like. I found this video from the Washington Cathedral. I love the description: "Change Ringing is a team sport, a highly coordinated musical performance, an antique art, and a demanding exercise that involves a group of people ringing rhythmically a set of tuned bells through a series of changing sequences that are determined by mathematical principles and executed according to learned patterns."And then, later, came this video clip, which she found on You Tube of the bells of St. Laurence. This is the sound that peals over the village of Alvechurch every Tuesday evening for several hours of bell ringing practice. And apparently they welcome visitors! :) It was fascinating to get a glimpse of what lies behind a sound that is integral to growing up in the village.Thanks to Susan's sleuthing skills and the internet, I was able to enjoy the bells of Alvechurch while at home in Bond Head.
I thought of Mum and Rob who would have heard these very peals one Tuesday evening in January of this year--and how cool to see young people carrying on this art. It looks like a great workout for the arms!