The first eyebolt and its rope loop.
The southeast corner above the ledge, with the new eyebolt, rope loop, and cleat for securing the loop at a specific height. We may have to shift the light to keep it from melting the rope. The two upper cleats are for a safety rope while working.
The first eyebolt to support the planned rain awning was installed today. The yellow 20′ ladder was taken up to the bell chamber, braced against the hatch rim and leaned over the 5, then extended out to reach the upper southeast corner below the rusted galvanized gutter. When extended all the way to the upper corner, it cleared the bell and was supported against the wall. A hole was drilled for an anchor just under the rusted gutter, 64″ above the ledge, and a stainless-steel eyebolt was anchored into the wall.
New ringers Carroll and Nancy held the ladder and helped; this would not have been possible or safe for one person. Everyone wore dust masks against the cloud of concrete dust from the drilling, and the dust under the hole was vacuumed up afterwards.
Now that we know how to do it, we can place an eyebolt in each of the remaining corners, then make and rig the awning. The current plan is to run rope loops through each eyebolt, attach each corner of the awning to one of the rope loops, and loft the awning by pulling the four rope loops around.
Twelve ringers for at least part of the ringing: visitors Alex, Bill, Carolyn, Quilla, Rob, and Ross and Miami ringers Judy, Kemp, Marguerite, Pamela, and Thomas, plus visitor Brian from England who happened to be in Miami today. Service ringing usually comprises less than half an hour of ringing, but in honor of the visitors and of Earth Day we rang a full hour before the 10am service, an hour beginning at 11:15 after that service and before the last service at 12:15pm, and two hours starting at 1:30pm after the last service.
During the last service, the ringers lunched in the parish hall on food prepared by Barbara.
The post-service ringing transitioned into a practice session with visitors helping local ringers, ranging from one-on-one coaching of new ringers to several courses of Kent Treble Bob for a few of the more senior Miami ringers, a method far more lofty than the Miami band can ring unassisted. Barbara and Eoin joined us for that session, and potential ringers Liam and Carmen listened (Liam, 6, fell asleep to the sound of the bells).
Afterwards everyone scattered, some taking the remaining visitors to the airport for their flights or to the beach for a well-earned time in the sun.
Thirteen ringers: visitors Alex, Bill, Carolyn, Mike, Quilla, and Ross and Miami ringers Barbara, Eoin, Ken, Marguerite, Nancy, Rob, and Thomas.
The band then went to Versailles for a uniquely Miami dinner.
Saturday’s peal attempt (Surprise Major, combining I believe four different Surprise methods) was originally scheduled for 1:30pm, but one of the ringers was unable to ring and the ringer who offered to substitute needed to leave Miami to return home before 4:30 when the peal attempt would have concluded. It was rescheduled for 10:30am.
The band pulled off into rounds at 10:28, began the first touch at 10:29, and unfortunately had to be called to stand at 12:33 after two hours and four minutes of ringing. A call to transition from one Surprise method to another had been missed, and no one noticed until the end of the lead. At that point it was impossible to correct the error. In order to be “true” a peal must not repeat any row (permutation) of bells, and the ringers might already have done so unknowingly; even if they had not, there was no way to come up with calls on the fly that would keep the band in the set of rows that had not yet been rung.
Ten ringers: visitors Alex, Bill, Carolyn, Mike, and Ross, and Miami ringers Anne, Judy, Marguerite, Nancy, and Pamela.
After practice these ringers, plus visitors Ed, Ed’s wife Diane, and Quilla and Miami ringers Barbara, Ken, and Thomas enjoyed a covered dish supper at Rob’s.
Today’s peal attempt was completed successfully, despite construction noise making it difficult to hear from about 10:45 onward. The peal began at 9:02 and ended at noon, for a time of 2h58. Ringers were Rob, Derek, Ross, Bill, Mike, Alex, Ed (conducting), Thomas (first peal).
Anne and Judy managed lunch for the ringers, a touch of the sabor Cubano from Pollo Tropical.
Bill, Alex, and Mike looked over the bells afterwards with Thomas and offered steeplekeeping advice, much appreciated.
We have a new, termite-proof door now. Jim included the replacement of our old door, which was just about ready to fall off, in the renovation work and it was installed this afternoon in time for tomorrow’s peal attempt.
[Photo of new door coming soon]