The sound of a grandfather clock as it sounds the chimes on the hour. I'm quite fond of grandfather clocks although they were almost unheard of in my childhood in Australia. I certainly did not know anyone with one and they would have been too large for our modest houses in any event.
Although I have a large house now there still isn't just the right place for one. My friend with Alzheimer's disease had a lovely one which he had had for many years and when the Trust company was selling off his household items I bought the clock for my son who had been intrigued by it since he was a child.
The clock had not been in working order for some time since my friend had neglected its upkeep in his latter difficult years so it was valued at only $500. A clock of that quality would retail today at over $6000 I discovered later, but I simply wanted to find it a good home. I found an old German clockmaker and for another $500 it was restored to perfect working order and every Saturday my son faithfuly winds the clock by pulling on the weights. Sometimes I'll be talking to him on the telephone and hear it chiming in the background. He has it set to chime every fifteen minutes and sound out the hour.
So I couldn't easily have a grandfather clock in real life, but once I set up house in my Canadian log cabin in Second Life, I went shopping for one there. I found quite a few that kept time, Second Life time which fortunately is my time zone, and went tick tock, tick tock and chimed on the hour, boing, boing, boing. Yes the pendulums do swing back and forth. But most of them were of dark wood and often ornate. Not quite the style for a log cabin. On my rounds I happened into a store when the owner, Fuene Nishi was there and we began to discuss her grandfather clocks. She said, I'll make you one to suit. She took me to her workshop and began to build a sample. We discussed the type of wood, I thought cherry might be a nice wood rather than pine which would disappear against the walls of the cabin. Give me a few days, she said and I will send you a message when it is ready.
Sure enough, several days later she sent me an instant message. Your clock is in my shop, go take a look. Well I did and for 480 Linden dollars, or less than 2 US dollars I purchased the clock and hurried back home to install it. Well easier said than done, I'm afraid.
When I was unpacking it, it totally disappeared as is often a problem in Second Life. But no matter where I looked, in and around the cabin, I could not find it. Usually such items are returned to your inventory within a day, but not this time. Very distressed, I sent a message to Fuene who lives in Tokyo. She immediately refunded my money and said come to the store and buy it again. So I dutifully went there, where she met me and after I purchased it again she accompanied me to the cabin where she installed it herself, as you can see above. So now I find its tick tock sound a very comforting one when I spend time there, sitting by the fire, listening to music or reading a book or rearranging the furniture.