Today's treasure is a new acquisition--a country bell--and one I have been interested in enjoying as a decoration in our yard since last summer when I wrote a post about finding a wonderful old bell at a yard sale. However, that bell was a lot out of my price range, so I put one on my wish list for the future.
My mom gave me this bell last month, and Tom and Jonathan recently installed it--after many trial and error placements. Hannah and I were pretty good at telling them to move the heavy post here...and then move it there...and there...and eventually we moved it back to almost the original spot again. :)
Hannah then worked with a string on the lawn to scope out the exact shape of the new flower bed we wanted around the bell, and Tom killed the grass there. Over the past weekend Hannah and Sarah tilled the area because we originally thought plants would go in that spot this fall, but the ground was much too hard to dig. We'll scoop some manure at stables close by and add it to this flower bed so it will be enriched through the winter and ready for planting next spring.
Here's where the bell finally ended up--right by the driveway--and I like where it's placed. It's a good thing, because (I've been told) that's where it's staying! We still need to attach the cord/rope so we can hear it ring occasionally.
I've taken pictures of old bells that I spot when we've been traveling so I would have pictures to go by whenever we planned our bell area. Here's the bell we saw when we were on the tour of Sherwood Forest, John Tyler's plantation home, during the History of the World Conference--the bell's post is an old tree!
Do you like country bells? Do you have one? Do you call your kids in from play with its ringing? I'm looking forward to enjoying mine in the months to come. Now this winter I can dream and plan what I'll plant there next spring. Any suggestions?