Thursday’s Special: Dinner Bell

I find the dinner bell on our ranch in McCall, Idaho fascinating. I can’t stop taking photographs of it!

dinner bell

I’m not sure why exactly.  Perhaps it’s the shape, or the texture, or the imagined history… I just know that when I look at the photos I’ve taken, my heart lifts and I smile in delight.

The curves of the bell against the deep blue of the Idaho sky create such a pleasing contrast of positive and negative space.

Blue Sky Bell

The bell stands beside the porch and evokes a sense of family history when generations gather together in the summer.


This past summer we were looking at old family photos and realized that the post the bell is on was taller, so somewhere along the line, it must have rotted and was re-posted.

Shorter Now

The dinner bell has simply beautiful lines.

Ring that Bell

but as Oscar Hammerstein wrote:

A bell’s not a bell ’til you ring it,

A song’s not a song ’til you sing it,

Love in your heart wasn’t put there to stay,

Love isn’t love ’til you give it away!

I take great pleasure using it to call my husband up from the barn where he works on his collection of motorcycles and dirt bikes.

Calling the Hubby

All of the photographs above are iPhone 4 shots that I posted on Instagram and Facebook. But I’ve also got a few shots that I took with my Lumix FZ35.  As you can see, I’m not the only one who loves the bell! (Look closely for the FireBonnet Fairy) 😉

Dinner Bell ... FireBonnet Finds Fairies, part of a series.
Dinner Bell … FireBonnet Finds Fairies, part of a series.

And of course I love this bell because it is a reminder of our delicious time each summer on the ranch. To say our month in Idaho is magical is an understatement. This was the last shot I took of the ranch as we were leaving last July.

Our Ranch
Goodbye Dinner Bell

That my artwork inspires me is why I do it. Granted, I’d love to inspire others with the work, but the sense of “rightness” I get when I view a wonderful image of mine is priceless.

As always I welcome comments on this or any other part of my blog.


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12 thoughts on “Thursday’s Special: Dinner Bell

  1. Thank you Moon! This post did feel really good to me. I appreciate the encouragement! Little by little I feel like I’m growing as a blogger.

  2. Oh, roses on an arbor over a bell would be so beautiful! Yes, the ranch is our heart home. We hope to retire there, although probably only spend 6 months a year there… mighty cold in the winter! Thank you so much for stopping by Lisa.

  3. I take pictures of bells too. 🙂 My grandparents had one on their farm with an arbor of roses growing over the top and now there another one outside our local museum that I always stop to see. Your ranch in Idaho looks like a wonderful place to spend the summer.

  4. Thank you Paula! It’s a little funny though… I don’t cook so I would be ringing the bell to remind my husband to come cook the breakfast, lunch and dinner! lol Maybe it would be better if I rang the bell to let him know I have lots of kisses and hugs up at the house for him. 😉

  5. 🙂 Magical place. I am glad you have shared it with me Meghan 🙂 If I were there, I would ring it for breakfast, lunch and dinner 😀 All of your photos are great, not just the iPhone ones 😉

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