Wind Chimes Go Great With GardeningWritten by Lee Dobbins
What could be more relaxing than gardening on a nice summer morning? Listening to your wind chime while you garden! Wind chimes are not only fun to look at but they add much more to your garden then just visual appeal.
Wind chimes have tones and vibrations that soothe and calm mind helping to release all your stress. When you dig in garden and connect with earth, listening to your chimes tinkle in breeze can help you also connect with your inner spirit. Chimes have been used for much more than just decoration for centuries. In fact, wind chimes are used in many Feng Shui cures. You can hang your chimes inside as well as outside, metal chimes are best for North, Northwest and West while wood chimes are best for South, Southeast and East. The number of rods can be associated with cure you want. Use 4, 6, 7, 8 or 18 rods for luck and 5 rods to reject bad energy. Use bamboo for outside.
Of course, you should pick chimes that decorate your porch or garden area to your liking. Thereís plenty of styles and materials to choose from. I favor chimes with a stained glass decoration on top that comes in all kinds of whimsical styles. If you are more traditional, you might go for a simple bamboo chime with an Asian flair. You can even get chimes that are hand tuned if you are really into sound quality of your wind chime.
A Kids TreeWritten by Jason Canon
During my youth kids were required to pass through a tree climbing phase as part of transition from being a kid to becoming a teenager. Not just any old tree would do of course. The majestic oak was always a tower of strength but limbs were too high up for it to be a good climbing tree. Likewise, tall pecan trees that grew in our yard would have required a chain of ladders just to make it to first limb.
Back toward center of our property grew a very beautiful Sweet Bay Magnolia (Magnolia Virginiana) tree. The leaves were bright green with an almost wax appearance in sunshine. Inside green foliage it was very easy to climb right to center trunk where numerous low hanging limbs were perfect for any size kid. It was so much fun to make criss-cross climb across various tree branches winding my way up as close as possible to top. Inside foliage, cool air rustling leaves was only sound heard on a summerís midday. The beautiful, fragrant magnolia flower blooms were always a special treat in March and April. Only a kid knew that best views of flowers were from an inside tree limb looking out towards sun.