Friday, October 8, 2010

Rain Chains - Old Concept, New Styling...

The other day while it was raining, I heard rain water rush through the downspouts. It was loud and unsettling, not at all pleasing. While I love the sound of falling rain on leaves, on the walkway or the roof, the banging and clattering of water speeding through the chute is unnerving. I would like my surroundings to be more peaceful, a place to get away from the stresses of everyday life. A beautiful rain chain will help me achieve some quiet.

Japanese gardens seem rather simple, but have subtle details that invite us to see more. Upon closer inspection we notice subtle details and complexity. Each of the senses are gently awakened to the textures and sounds of the space. There is a balance between simple and complex resulting in quiet contemplation, in a place of serene beauty, where one goes to relax.Water is often a component of a Japanese garden. Japanese rain chains are often used in place of downspouts, to create a more soothing atmosphere.

I'd like to try a gutter rain chain. I can picture the water being guided down the chain to the ground, or directed into a rain barrel for later use. Water collects naturally under my downspouts, but it drains away as soon as the rain stops. A copper rain chain and a decorative
basin at the front of the house would look stunning and sound much nicer. Birds may even come for a sip of water.This spot is near the window to my office, so it would be less distracting while I work. At the back of the house, a rain chain leading to a rain barrel would be a great help in the summer. I grow tomatoes nearby and I could water them without moving hoses around.

I love my yard and I love to spend time in it, even when it rains.Rain falling on different surfaces is pleasing to me. A rain chain will be a welcome addition to our place.


  1. I love the sound of rain, but sometimes here when it really gets to pouring our rain gutters can sound like gurgling toilets the water moves so fast!

  2. I love the sound of rain... but I have long wanted some rain chains. Some of them are so pretty I would just hang them from the trees and let them be pretty. It does seem like it would be a GREAT solution for CLOGGED gutters though! Right?

  3. I've never heard of a Rain Chain! I think that's really cool. I also love the sound of rain :)

    PS I'm blogging again, woohoo! Wiped the dust off my posts this evening...


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