As the song goes on about a ‘perfect day’ what do you consider is your ‘perfect day’? I’m not thinking of the great big days like you or your child’s wedding day or your first baby called Stewart, to keep up with the family tradition that goes back to the ‘old pretender’. I’m more thinking of the everyday – perfect day. Perhaps a day out with family or friends, rock climbing in the Somerset Levels, or driving a ford Capri at a vintage car rally. The problem I now get is that we might be dabbling in the realms of my nightmares ……..a day of retail therapy, I’m told that is a perfect day for lots of people! I call it shopping, at Westfield or Lakeside or more exotic, over the water at Bluewater; even worse for me, a day at a health spa, which then takes me into real life where one persons perfect day could be another persons wish to withdraw from the world and join a monastic order.
As with the title ‘bell notes’ the name really gives it away, so at this point the question is, what is a perfect day, for a bell ringer ? At this time of year, the ringers get a lot of dates so they can consult their diaries etc. and fix dates for the year. Don’t get me wrong, this is not the perfect day, bell ringers seem to be very busy and are booked up fairly early in the year. We’ve tried in the past to get a date for a ringers Christmas Sunday lunch, a meal near Christmas, it has now got moved to an annual Sunday lunch and so far has slipped to February half term. So for ringers, what would be their perfect day ?
Cleaning out the bell pits, oiling and greasing the bells – perhaps not, although some do and we do it regularly. Ringing a three hour Peal (without stopping), they did it on the Archers (B.B.C. radio 4.) this new year. It could be perfect but not if you don’t get the peal (lots of rules) after ringing for two and a half hours! Ringing for ‘open days’, good if they are very busy like Car Free day but not so good if we just have five visitors in five hours. Ringing for Weddings can be part of a perfect day for ringers, I always enjoy ringing for them, except if they start over an hour late and the Service goes on for over two hours…….but we still enjoy ringing for weddings.
So we will plod through our dates and hope to get them sorted out and out of which we might get a perfect day. I think we are more likely to get one from a bell ringing outing where we spend a day together, ringing other bells and a long lunch for the ringers. Another perfect day would be teaching new ringers to ring, but that is more of a dream, as none of you come along to learn and make it a perfect day for you and us!
So what is your ‘perfect day’, a day of memories, a day of fun and laughter. a day with family and friends, or a day of quiet reflection …….what is your everyday ‘perfect day’…..why don’t you tell us about it. I know what is not my perfect day – sorting out dates, or is it going shopping, or is it getting into small groups at a Christian meeting.