Thursday, January 5, 2012

Church Bells

My husband has his alarm set to ... church bells. They start out very quiet and gradually get a bit louder. It is a very pleasing sound and makes me happy every morning.

I learned to love the sound of church bells during our many summers of travel in Europe. We took students on short term mission trips with Royal Servants

We tented around Europe. I always said that we got to see, smell and hear the same wonderful bits in each beautiful city, as those who stayed in luxury hotels. 

Laying in our cozy tent beds, surrounded by fresh air, and hearing a church bell off in the distance was always a thrill for me. (Now, I dream of hearing those same bells from the comfort of a luxury hotel.)

One can never forget the first time you hear the church bells in Amsterdam ... the same bells Anne Frank wrote about hearing, while they were in hiding during World War II.

Here in our vintage Chicago apartment, I can periodically hear church bells when I am running our laundry up and down the outside back steps.

I love church bells.

What do you wake up to? 

image credit: church bells  

22 comments:

  1. I wake up to church bells too! They waft in from First United Methodist
    a block away and St. Mary's four blocks away. To have heard the same bells as Anne Frank was very special I'm sure.

    Where is our snow? It was very nice having snowless travel for the children and being able to attend all of our lovely functions in December. Now, January, I am wanting some snow (so is the earth) and a cuddle in front of the fireplace with good books.

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  2. As Mom was passing, one of the things I heard my sister-in-law whisper to her was "Give us one ring when you get there" Mom had always said that to us when we were traveling a long distance(in the days of high long distance charges) Mom died on a Thursday morning, not a day you usually hear church bells around here. Shortly after she passed we heard beautiful church bells in the distance. Somehow I like to think, she was giving us "one ring when she got there"!

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  3. My i-Phone: Dogs barking... not pleasant.
    My husbands alarm is "Strawberry Fields" which is very pleasant. Perhaps I should change?

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  4. Love church bells! I just wake up! No alarm needed for years. Sometimes the smell of coffee wakes me because Hubs already is up and has it brewing.....I love that =)

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  5. Unfortunately, it is usually a train. I am a light sleeper with good hearing. Ergo, I have no need for an alarm clock :-). I hope you had a great holiday. Happy New Year...Mary

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  6. Oh, my, church bells would be so much better than the morning news. It's either the TV coming on or the dog wanting to go out that gets me out of bed in the morning.

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  7. I too love the sounds of church bells, especially in the morning, so sweet! I spent a summer working in Switzerland and woke up to either church bells or cow bells! I love them both! I might have to look into a church bell alarm clock - so much better than the the harsh one I have!

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  8. Oh not something nearly as nice as you! The radio is set to my favorite station and I wake up to music or the morning crew making me laugh.

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  9. I wake up to whoever is preaching on the Christian radio station... Love it!

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  10. I love hearing church bells...I wake up by myself, my body seems to have its own alarm like it or not! I think church bells would be better

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  11. Whenever I click through to your blog, I smile as soon as I see that little sketch of you in your green scarf. This is such a cheerful place to visit.

    I know Aha! is a crazy word to choose for 2012. What would your word be?

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  12. I love church bells, too. I don't hear them often enough these days. They'd be nice to wake up to. (But I'd probably want to stay warm under the covers and just enjoy them...I have to have something obnoxious that begs to be turned off!)

    Happy 2012 to you!

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  13. Great post! Church bells are the best sound! When we were in Cologne, Germany, the hotel was by a church that pealed its bells every 15 minutes around the clock. I thought it was great! And in Amsterdam also, beautiful!!!

    You probably hear them more around Chicago, but further out, here in Cary, we seldom hear any.

    I usually wake up to WGN radio early in the morning. And how about you when you don't hear the church bells?

    Here's wishing you a wonderful, healthy, happy, prosperous 2012!

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  14. I love church bells , too . When I lived in Europe I used to use their sound for a moment of peace .I have never thought to set the alarm to church bells , such a great idea ...

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  15. LOVE church bells. In fact, they're one of the reasons we bought the house w'ere living in - it's about 5 driveways above a lovely old mission-style Catholic church and we heard the bells when we were viewing the house! Unfortunately, some neighbors complained (!!) and they were getting too heavy for the old roof - so now it's a recording and not nearly so lovely to hear. We also hear the Presbyterian church chime the hour with Westminster chines - they're a little over a mile away.

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  16. I love how you write so vividly and honest. I'm so glad I found your blog!

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  17. I've heard the church bells in Amsterdam, too, and love that I shared that experience with Anne Frank, too.

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  18. ipod alarm clock (usually playing sara groves) and the sound of my

    automatic coffee pot beginning to brew.

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  19. Over Christmas vacation my hubby, teen daughter and I were in downtown Nashville with our oldest son, his wife and our 4 grandkids. While we explored a local neighborhood church bells began to ring. It was then I realized my daughter had never heard them before (and she's 16!). How sad is that? None of my grandkids had heard them before, either. It's a good memory now! :-)

    We live out in the country, so typically we wake up to either absolute quiet or birds singing.

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  20. I love the sound of church bells...so beautiful!

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  21. The sound of church bells ringing, always lovely!

    Glenda Congratulations! You are the winner of the Jala Frames from Serena & Lily, so send me your mailing information. Yay!

    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

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  22. Church bells are my favourite sound in the whole world. For the same reason as you... they remind me of life in Europe. My second favourite sound is when an orchestra is warming up & they are all playing their instruments randomly. It's better than the actual songs. :)

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