Monday, December 2, 2013

My Ears Are Ringing

In my city is the Verdin Bell and Clock Company.  Since 1842 they have been making bells and clocks.
Verdin cast bronze bells ring from more than 50,000 installations around the world.
Why they are in The Netherlands.
 East Tennessee State University raised funds to build a Verdin bell and clock tower to create a focal point of their campus.
Bells for Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi's long silent tower in Sante Fe, New Mexico.
I am inside where they make the bells. You can see them making bells here.
My ears are ringing!  I hear bells. 
The Millennium Bell
 The World Peace Bell is one of more than twenty Peace Bells around the world made by Verdin.
The World Peace Bell was first rung in Nantes on March 20, 1999, in a public ceremony. It then underwent a month-and-a-half-long sea voyage from France to the U.S. port of New Orleans, Louisiana, where the bell was made part of that city's Fourth of July celebration. The bell was then transported by barge up the Mississippi and Ohio
Rivers, making stops in 14 cities along the way.
 Verdin tower clock overlooks the Brooklyn Bridge and the New York Harbor.
Look at the size of the weight for the clock above.
 Verdin street clocks are found in the finest communities across America. Mt. Holly, New Jersey created a gathering place on their main street.You can go here and see if one is in your city
Historically, church bells have served as timekeepers, used to mark the hour for work, prayer, and community gatherings.  In addition, church bells today often ring to commemorate occasions and events. The melodious sound of cast bronze church bells is timeless. Enclosed in prominent landmark towers and steeples, church bells are known and recognized, both by sight and sound, as local fixtures representing the enduring quality of community.
So when you hear bells this Christmas Season there is a good chance they were cast in my city. 
Thanks for being a friend
Traveling down the road and back again
Your heart is true and your a friend of mine
Signing Off
Sweet William The Scot  



  1. We didn't know you come from the city of bells, did you know we come from the city of dingdongs...bahahhaha...we have something in common for sure!
    stella rose

  2. We always wonder where bells are made. I think we make some here still. Thank you for our lovely card / calender. We have it in our study.
    Have a marvellous Monday.
    Best wishes Molly

  3. This couldn't have come at a better time. According to Ranger, Dec. 12 is National ding-a-ling day. I think it's for me but I'll share it with the bells.

  4. What a cool shop. You better run before that big thing rings. Thank you for my Christmas card

  5. Ringy-dingy-dingy-dong! The bells made in your city ring on and on!

    Oh Sir William, what a wonderful thing that your city has a maker of such fine bells. Thank you for the impressive tour of this fine establishment. When I hear bells this holiday season, as they ding-ding-ding, I will think of you and a Scottish ditty I shall sing.
    Your pal,

  6. What a great place to visit and we can imagine your ears would of been ringy ding dinging after that

  7. Thanks for that. We never knew where bells were made.

    Nice to know some are made near you.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  8. I thinks my head will explode...I hears bells in my head ALLLLLLL da time...bwhahahahaha.
    I had no idea so many famous bells was made right theres in your city. Dat is sumptin' to be proud of.
    Now, I is off to see how they makes 'em...I gotta gets my poppycorns furst.


  9. cool...they made da bell fur Gardner Webb near me.


  10. Hey Sweet William...just wanted to say Hi!!!
    Hugs Madi your bfff

  11. What an interesting post! Thank you, William!

    Love ya lots♥
    Mitch and Molly

  12. That is some cool info! We love bells!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  13. Mommys brother used to tell mommy when she was a child that penguins used to ring the bells in our church. Mommy believed him too for the longest time. She finally asked the priest if there were penguins up in the bell tower. Mommy was crushed to find out there were no penguins up there ringing the bells.

  14. Wow, SW thanks for the tour of the clock makers.

    The Mad Scots
    Pees; guess the governments here can't afford one after sticking all the money in their pockets!

  15. Sweet William, you are filled with a wealth of knowledge. Thanks for sharing.

    Aroo to you,

  16. It's the season of bells! Now we will think of them every time we hear some :)

  17. My peep used to play handbells and loves the sound of ringing bells. We both really enjoyed your post today! Thank you for the virtual tour! Oh, have you seen the Joe Boxer bell commercial? Heeheehee

  18. Thanks for the interesting and educational post. We didn't know so much about bells! Lee and Phod

  19. Sweet William, I rec'd your calendar in the mail today mom said that was pawesome idea your mom had. Thank you very much.

    Aroo to you,

  20. Wow that is way cool information and thanks Sweet William. I learn lots of fun stuff from you and I am so glad we are pals.

    Loveys Sasha

  21. Sweet willyum
    How wondewful to live in a city that makes such bootiful and joyous things..i love bells and will aways think of you when I heaw them
    smoochie kisses

  22. Wow what an interesting place. Maybe they made the bell of our church too? It's a very loud thingy and my windows vibrate every morning when this big bell rings. Have they silencers for bells there too?

  23. Thank you Rockin Wills and Mom for the womderful Calender, we needed one for next year, now I will see you everyday :) xxooxxx

    Mollie and Alfie

  24. Your back and I didn't know!!!! Oh how we have missed you!!! We got your Christmas Cheer the other day. What a nice surprise for us!!! Thanks for thinking of us!!!

  25. SW, we love reading about all these interesting aspects of your city on your blog. Next time Gail takes part in a quiz, and they ask where was the first Peace Bell rung, and in which city was it manufactured, she can astonish everyone by knowing the answer!
    Toodle pip!

  26. Those are just amazing! You look so small next to the bells, my friend!

    Your pals, Angel Pip & Ruby

  27. OMD!! That is just amazin' Sweet William!! Oh, and my ears ring all the time...I thinks it's Ma's shrill voice screamin' my name cause I 'did somethin'....pffffft!!
    oooo, and I loves those clocks too!!!
    Ruby ♥

  28. A really great post so informative!!! Sweet William I hava seen your comments on others blogs and I would love to be friends with you OK????

  29. We got your wonderful calendar card today William!
    Thank you
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Greta

  30. If only I lived somewhere cool enough to have bells!

  31. Where do I see that quilt you were talking about???
    Hugs to you sweet William!!