02 December 2009

day 2:: bell

Every Advent calendar needs a bell so here is my bicycle bell. It was a Christmas present that was put to one side as surplus and found its way onto my new bike this year so it's is still bright and shiny. It is a most satisfying bell, with a lovely sound and it's been echoing round the borough over the last couple of months when I've been out on jaunts. With practice and a light touch, it will oblige with a gentle, polite tinkle, just enough to warn walkers on the Regent's Canal towpath that you are coming up behind them without demanding right of way. It can ring more imperiously when necessary to warn inattentive pedestrians not to step out onto the road. I like it, I like it.

The humble bike bell will do very well for the calendar until I find some bigger bells.

4 comments:

Snag Breac said...

Just visited your blog. I very much enjoyed your lovely posts too, particluarly your cemetery flowers, and your bee apron! Excellent!
best wishes
Caroline

Felix said...

I do love a good bicycle bell. The blend of practical considerations and seasonal references present in this advent calendar image are very pleasing!

And I do like your description of its sound.

60 going on 16 said...

Ding, ding! Loved this reminder of the importance of the particular sound of a bicycle bell. I do miss cycling; living high on a windy (and usually rain-lashed) Devon hillside, cycling is a bit of a challenge. However, there is the Tarka Trail not too far away, 31 miles of glorious traffic-free cycling. Something for the spring maybe . . .

jane said...

That is a lovely bell. I have a new-ish brass bell on my bike which I LOVE, and which also serves me very well on the Regent's Canal towpath.