Tuesday, February 14, 2012 Posted by Dina N
We certainly need the rain but I can't help feeling a tad melancholic when it's raining. It's not the thunder and lightning storm that puts me in a pensive mood. It's the slow, constant, steady drip drip drip from the sky. Sometimes it rains harder and I like to watch the water rushing through the downspouts. It makes me think of a beautiful rain chain I saw in a magazine recently.
When I first heard of rain chains, I vaguely thought it was something like snow chains - except for rain. I looked it up online and discovered I could not have been more wrong. Rain chains hail from Japan where they call them kusari doi, literally "chain-gutter". Their purpose is mostly decorative. According to Wikipedia, the Japanese rain chain transports rainwater from the gutters downwards to a drain or a storage container. Sometimes the industrious Japanese collect rainwater for household usage. Rain chains can be found on temples.
Rain chains are typically either a series of metal cups, chained together with a hole in the bottom of each, or chain links that span vertically. My favorite ones are made of copper and look like a string of metal tulips. So pretty! Our downspouts do the job well but are quite ordinary. I would love to replace them with these beautiful copper flowers. Then I'll sit by the window on rainy days and just watch the rainwater trickle down from one flower to the next. Maybe into a barrel to use for watering later. That's one gorgeous green idea.
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