Ringing, 23 October 2021

We had three people today (Andrew, Jane, and Randy), so rang Minor. We got a bit of a late start, because Jane discovered a tree branch in her yard that fell from a tree in her neighbor’s yard, causing a little fence damage. After some discussion with her husband, we started ringing.

We started with St. Clements College Bob (we rang a LOT of that method today). We started with Andrew on the trebles, Jane on 3/4, and Randy on the tenors. After a plain course, we rang a small touch, but couldn’t get through it. So we moved on.

We then switched bells, with Andrew keeping the trebles, but Randy taking 3/4, and Jane on the tenors. The 3/4 pair is hard, and Randy struggled. But after a few attempts, he succeeded, and we rang a plain course a couple of times.

We then moved to a touch of a splice of St. Clements College Bob with Plain Bob. This was fun, and after one failed attempt, we succeeded. For this touch, Randy rang the trebles, Andrew rang 3/4, and Jane rang the tenors.

We finished our time (before the usual speed round) with a longer touch of St. Clements College Bob. By this time we were a bit tired, and could not succeed after two attempts, and so conceded the method.

The speed round was different today. We rang Plain Bob at a fast pace, but Jane decided we should do a “silent touch”, or “unconducted touch”. It was simple – a plain course with a Single at the end before coming to rounds, and then a Single again to make it come round (for a total of 120 changes). We got it first try, with Randy on the trebles, Andrew on 3/4, and Jane on the tenors.

Ringing, 23 October 2021

Ringing, 16 October 2021

It looked like we weren’t going to be able to ring today. Until about 40 minutes prior to our normal start time, only Jane and Randy were confirmed. Erik is busy getting his classes going, and Maggie is out of town. But at the last minute we had enough to ring minor, with Andrew, Jane, and Randy.

We started with St. Clements College Bob, with Randy on the trebles, Andrew on 3/4, and Jane on the tenors. We nailed a plain course on the first or second attempt. And then rang a touch. It took us two attempts, but rang a 120-change touch of St. Clements College Bob! It was quite a feeling to accomplish that.

We then decided to ring different pairs. So Randy and Jane switched, leaving Andrew on 3/4. Jane doesn’t ring trebles very often, and it showed. And Randy doesn’t ring tenors very often, and that showed as well. But after a few attempts, we finally rang a plain course, and then did it twice more.

Next up, switch Jane and Andrew, so it was now Andrew on the trebles, Jane on 3/4, and Randy on the tenors. This plain course happened much more quickly, with only a couple of mistakes before getting it right.

We next rang Little Bob in the same positions we were in, and again nailed that fairly quickly.

We decided to ring a splice of Plain Bob and Little Bob. One of the simplest compositions of Plain, Little, Plain, Bob, Little, Plain, Bob, Little, Plain, Bob to come round. There is probably a name for this composition, but I don’t know it.

We finished with a lightning round of Plain Bob with Andrew on the trebles, Jane on 3/4, and Randy on the tenors. We tried a touch, but at that speed we crashed after the first bob. So we decided to just do a plain course, and finished on a high note.

Ringing, 16 October 2021

Ringing, 9 October 2021

Apologies but it was not a very good day of ringing. Jane has just returned from a trip overseas, and seems to have caught a cold while gone. Randy had a very busy morning, and was pretty tired. So we were both a bit cotton-headed. But enough excuses.

We were 4 today, and rang most of the rehearsal in the same positions: Randy on the trebles, Maggie on 3/4, Andrew on 5/6, Jane on the tenors.

We started with St. Clements College Bob, and got through 6 of the 7 leads before crashing. And then we couldn’t even get that far. So we conceded defeat.

We then moved to Little Bob, and after a few attempts were able to ring a plain course. So that was a result.

We returned to St. Clements College Bob, and after a couple more attempts actually succeeded in ringing it! It was a bit rough, but we did the whole plain course.

We decided to do something easy, and so rang Plain Bob. To show how fuzzy-headed we were, even this took us a couple of attempts! But we rang it.

We finished with another plain course of Plain Bob, but this time with different bells. Maggie was on the trebles, Andrew on 3/4, Jane on 5/6, and Randy on the tenors. Randy claimed he couldn’t hear the bells well, and so struggled. But we did ring this, and it was glorious, and a nice finish to our rehearsal today.

Ringing, 9 October 2021

Ringing, 2 October 2021

We again had three ringers today (Jane is still out of town). Maggie, Andrew, Randy.

We started with a plain course of Plain Bob, with Randy on 1/2, Maggie on 3/4, Andrew on 5/6, and rang it successfully on the first attempt! And a fairly good pace. It was a good start to the day.

We then rang St. Clements College Bob, in the same positions. We made a few attempts, and rang it correctly a couple of times. Another success!

After St. Clements, we rang Little Bob in the same positions. Again, we rang it successfully a couple of times (after a few false starts).

At this point, we decided to switch positions and see if we could ring the same things. So we shifted the bells left – Maggie on the trebles, Andrew on 3/4, Randy on the tenors. Little Bob was our first attempt, and we again rang that correctly, though it took us a few tries before getting it right. After ringing it correctly, we rang it again, and felt really good about ourselves.

Finally, we decided on St. Clements College Bob, not switching positions. This took us a little longer to get correct, but by the end of our hour, we got it! We were thrilled, to say the least. All of us learning a new pair, and we rang it successfully. After the successful ring, we decided to call it a day (Randy has an appointment this afternoon, and needed to cut short our ringing).

Ringing, 2 October 2021

Ringing, 25 September 2021

We had a small group today. Just Andrew, Maggie, and Randy. So we rang a lot of minor! Randy rang 1/2, Maggie rang 3/4, and Andrew rang 5/6.

We started with something we are all comfortable with – a touch of Plain Bob. It was a simple touch, with just a pair of Singles called, doubling the length of the plain course. Maggie was ringing 3/4, and so was the only one affected by the call.

We then rang St. Clements College Bob. This one took us a few tries to accomplish even a plain course. But we eventually got it, and even rang it a couple of times. At one point, Andrew decided to call a Single (again affecting only Maggie on 3/4), and we got through a couple of leads, but then failed.

We finished with Little Bob. This is such a fast a furious method! We were struggling with it, until Randy thought to call the special changes (when the treble is at the lead, and when the treble is at position 4). Once we realized how fast this was going, it was easier to get right, and we rang it a few times. Andrew was nice and didn’t call any changes.

By this time we had been ringing for more than an hour, and decided to call it a day. But we had a great time ringing!

Ringing, 25 September 2021

Ringing, 11 September 2021

Today there were four of us; the usual suspects: Jane, Andrew, Maggie, and Randy.

We started with a plain course of St. Clements College Bob, and succeeded! Randy on 1/2, Maggie on 3/4, Andrew on 5/6, and Jane on 7/8. A good start to the day.

And then we got ambitious, and decided to ring a touch of St. Clements College Bob. Originally, Jane thought she would just call random bobs and singles. But before we started she changed her mind, and went to look up a real composition. Not gonna lie – we struggled. The first bob is not until the 6th lead, so we need to get through almost the entire method before that first bob. You would think that, having just rung the method, this would not be a challenge, but for some reason it was. And of course, once we got to that first bob, it gave us all kinds of trouble. So we took a look at what we actually intended to do, and because we are ringing handbells, we can just jump to any point, so we started up at the point of the bob. We got through one more lead, where another bob is called, and we failed again. So we looked at what needed to happen, went back to the point of the first bob, and tried again. This time we got through that second bob, but crashed soon afterwards. OK, let’s instead ring something we know better.

So we moved to Little Bob. This is a fairly easy method, and we succeeded on the first or second try. Whew! We’re not losing it quite yet.

Next was a splice of Little and Plain Bob, with some bobs thrown in for good measure. We actually got quite far with this before we crashed. But it was fun and mind-stretching, so all in all a good time.

We finished with a fairly fast plain course of Plain Bob, rung twice in a row, and succeeded.

All in all, a good day of ringing.

We will not ring next week, as three of us are otherwise engaged. I hope we can ring on the 25th, and I will report on our progress at that point.

Ringing, 11 September 2021

Ringing, 4 September 2021

There were 5 of us today. Jane, Randy, Andrew, Maggie, and Erik. Erik is new, and so we didn’t ring as much as we usually do, since we were helping him out. This is the second time Erik has joined us.

We started with Plain Hunt on 6, with Randy on 1/2, Maggie on 3/4, and Erik on 5/6. Erik rang this last time he was here, and was able to ring it again.

We then added Andrew to ring Plain Hunt on 8, with Randy on 1/2, Maggie on 3/4, Andrew on 5/6, and Erik on 7/8. With some slight coaching from Jane, Erik again nailed this.

Next we added Jane to ring Plain Hunt on 10. Randy on 1/2, Maggie on 3/4, Andrew on 5/6, Jane on 7/8, and Erik on 9/10. Erik nailed this as well, after 1 or 2 attempts.

At this point, Jane and Erik retired to discuss theory (Plain Bob!!), and Randy, Maggie, and Andrew rang some minor. We started with Little Bob, and had a hard time (those leads come fast and furious!), but did ring a plain course of Little Bob a couple of times. Part of the issue is that we switched up bells, with Maggie on 1/2, Andrew on 3/4, and Randy on 5/6.

While Jane and Erik were discussing the logic behind Plain Bob, Randy, Maggie, and Andrew attempted St. Clements minor. We failed, but had fun trying. Again, we were ringing new bells – Maggie on 1/2, Andrew on 3/4, Randy on 5/6. After the second attempt, Jane and Erik returned to us.

At which point, Jane wanted to put into practice what she had just taught Erik. So we rang Plain Bob major, with Randy on 1/2, Andrew on 3/4, Jane on 5/6, and Erik on 7/8. With some coaching, We got through the method. It was the second attempt, if I recall correctly. After that attempt, Maggie stepped in to ring 3/4, and we did it again. And again we succeeded!

We ended with some speed ringing of Plain Bob major in our usual configuration of Randy on 1/2, Andrew on 3/4, Jane on 5/6, and Maggie on 7/8. Such a joy to ring something well known, and ring it fast!

There are no new methods here, so I am not linking to anything today. Previous posts should have links to the methods I listed here.

Ringing, 4 September 2021

Ringing, 28 August 2021

We had 4 people today: Randy, Maggie, Andrew, and Jane.

We started with a short ring of St. Clements College Bob major. Randy on 1/2, Maggie on 3/4, Andrew on 5/6, Jane on 7/8. We struggled with it today. In the end, we rang the entire method, but not necessarily start to finish. We rang the start, got confused, started partway through, and were able to finish.

After we got that result, we tried switching bells, with Maggie and Jane switching. We got a similar result – starting the method, getting confused, picking it up partway through, and then getting to the end.

In that same configuration (Randy, Jane, Andrew, Maggie), we were able to ring a quick plain course of Plain Bob. It is always fun to ring a familiar method and do it well!

We finished with Little Bob. Here we had Randy on 1/2, Andrew on 3/4, Jane on 5/6, Maggie on 7/8. After a false start (where we almost made it to the end!), we rang the entire method without error. So we ended on a high note.

Ringing, 28 August 2021

Ringing, 21 August 2021

I have decided to make this blog more a record of our ringing, rather than a highlight of milestones. Starting today.

We had three people today: Jane, Randy, Andrew. Randy rang the trebles, Andrew rang 3/4, Jane rang the tenors.

We started with a touch of Little Bob spliced with Plain Bob. It was fairly short (12 leads, if I recall). We got it on the third attempt.

We then rang a plain course of St. Clements College Bob. We got it correct on the first attempt!

Next, we rang a (short) touch of St. Clements College Bob.

Andrew asked about other plain methods, and so we just looked on Mobel for a new method, and decided on Single Canterbury Pleasure Bob. This was quite odd, and we got it correct on the third attempt.

We finished with a speed run of a plain course of Plain Bob, rung twice through.

A very fun day!

Ringing, 21 August 2021