********************I have always loved grandfather clocks though I don't have any relatives that have ever owned one; at least not that I know of. I remember asking my parents once when I was younger why we didn't have a grandfather clock and was told that because of the constant moving we did (we were a military family) it wouldn't be good for a clock like that to have to be packed and shipped so often. Makes absolute sense once you stop and think about it but I still would love to have lived in a house with a regal clock whose chimes echoed throughout the house every quarter hour. I had thought about getting my parents a grandfather clock after my Dad had retired from his 20+ years of service in the Air Force and they had at long last settled down into what would be their home for the rest of their lives but my Dad said that there wasn't room for a big clock so I ended up getting them a wall clock that chimes instead. It's a nice clock but certainly not the one that I really wanted to get them.
I would really like to have gotten them a clock like the one pictured, a Howard Miller Raymour Grandfather Clock which stands an impressive 88-1/4" tall and features a swan neck pediment with embossed rosettes, crotch mahogany overlays, and an inlaid keystone at the finial seat. The polished brass dial has an astrological blue moon phase and the wood is a lovely Windsor Cherry. This particular clock has Triple Chimes which are Westminster, Whittington, and St. Michael's Church Chimes that ring every 15 minutes. If you aren't sure what the different chimes sound like, check out this blog post entry from the "1-800-4Clocks.com Grandfather Clocks Blog" that talks about Triple Chimes and gives you a link to a page where you can hear them for yourself. They sound absolutely beautiful!
Someday, when I win that elusive lottery that I like to mention now and again, I am most definitely going to buy myself a grandfather clock because I'll finally have the right kind of house to put it in and at long last I'll be able to hear the chimes echoing throughout the house every 15 minutes while I lounge in front of the fireplace in my library with a good book and a pot of tea! Now doesn't that just sound fantastic?