3 bells

3 bells


so, perhaps you’ve heard someone say, “how many bells is it?” when they wanted to know what time it was. that saying comes from people who remember bells chiming the number of the hour from a clock tower.

this image contains two structures; a courthouse in the forefront and a church building behind it. both structures have a clock tower and both chime at the top of the hour. one of them has a “don, don, don…” sound, much like a gong and the other one is a more pleasant, higher pitched “din, din, din…”

the church building also has the capability of playing songs through the pipe organ and sometimes in the middle of the day, a melody wafts through the air to our home. i’ve heard remarks from people in town who don’t care for it, but i personally love the songs, the chiming and the dins and dons.

since we’re only about two blocks from here, if i happen to be awake in the middle of the night and it’s during the top of the hour, i know exactly what time it is.



To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place. I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.
— Elliott Erwitt said that


a penny for your thoughts?

Michael Rawlukreply
May 7, 2018 at 5:04 pm

I hope the church and the court house are both set to the right time otherwise you could get 24 bells for 12 o’clock.

May 7, 2018 at 6:59 pm

I love your Elliott Erwitt quote

This is also a wonderful image – balanced, detailed and interesting

May 7, 2018 at 9:28 pm

perfect pairing of quote for this lovely photo. I have always loved the peal of bells whether they are the din din or the don don. I’m in pleasant envy of you living close enough to hear the peal of the bells. We do have a clock tower in our downtown and I always enjoy hearing the bell at the top of the hour though we don’t live anywhere close enough to hear it otherwise. A lovely photo and lovely story.

May 7, 2018 at 11:26 pm

Do you find the dins and dons ever keep you awake, sherri? In a town in Somerset (the county where I live) the church clock has to be silenced at night as it is so loud and keeps people awake

Bill Phillipsreply
May 8, 2018 at 1:19 am

A handsome court house with a fine Italianate looking tower.

May 8, 2018 at 2:13 am

A beautiful view and photo in fine nostalgic colors.

May 8, 2018 at 5:42 am

C’est tout beau!!! Bise, bonne journée dans la joie!

May 8, 2018 at 10:37 am

Superbe église et ces horloge avec le store rayé mervielleux.

May 8, 2018 at 10:50 am

Still the case over here: bells chiming…) A beautiful church and quiet village scene.

May 8, 2018 at 11:34 am

These old court houses were amazing structures and this one still is in good repair. A beautiful image.

May 8, 2018 at 1:14 pm

A beautiful courthouse with a stately presence on the corner!! Great capture!

May 8, 2018 at 1:45 pm

Lovely picture – but the bit about bells and time is wrong 🙂 It comes from the use of bells to mark time on board ships – and to indicate the time when the watch would change.

May 8, 2018 at 2:37 pm
– In reply to: Tom

thank you for that, tom

my father-in-law served in the Navy in WWII and i’m sure he would have known that as well

too many origins become lost or misspoken as i have done here

May 8, 2018 at 1:49 pm

i have always called out three bells etc… i love the clock towers in your town Sherri… we have a chime clock in the house and after a while it doesn’t effect anything we do… but we always know what time it is….peter:)

claudio maurireply
May 8, 2018 at 2:22 pm

I wonder why some images always come to me a lot of people too much, I like it

Elaine Hancockreply
May 8, 2018 at 8:03 pm

I would love to live close to where a church bell chimes on the hour. To hear two at the same time would be fabulous! A beautiful image!

May 9, 2018 at 2:34 am

hehe, dualing bells!! i love it… when i grew up it was right across the street from a church, but no dins and no dons 🙁

May 9, 2018 at 8:15 am

Une très jolie place avec son église ****

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