Thursday, May 26, 2022

It was the worst of time

I would need to check for an exact date but this clock is about 100 years old. It was a wedding present to my maternal grandparents. The right winder is for the clock and the left for the gong striker. The gong striker has not been wound up since the 1980s. Funnily the unwound gong spring managed to get up enough impetuous to strike the gong once in the mid 2000s. We were sitting watching tv and we both looked at each other...spooks? 

It's accurate twice a fortnight, once to be expected when I wind it up and adjust the hands to the correct time. It then speeds up with its tightly wound spring. Then the spring weakens and the clock slows down and it will again show the accurate time but then will become slow until I next wind it up and correct the hands. One hundred years old! Few humans last that long, so if it not quite right, quite forgivable. It is useful when only needing a rough guide to the time. 


Post daylight saving adjustment, the oven clock remains nicely on time.


But not so the microwave oven. Modern electronic technology should keep time. How hard can it be to include an accurate clock?


This twenty year old wall clock is kind of useful because it shows the temperature and the date. I'd like to replace it but I haven't seen anything better. It too is an inaccurate time piece, having lost two minutes since its daylight saving time adjustment. While the temperature can be changed between Fahrenheit and Celsius, the American date format cannot be changed and it drives me mad. There are times when I look at the date and it takes my brain forever to convert it to what we understand, like the time it takes me to write this; the right hand number is the date and the left hand number is the month, yeah, that's right. It is not so bad with this time display, but a few days earlier when it displayed 5 10, I thought it was nearly my October birthday. (If you are considering, I am allergic to cheap metal jewellery, so just platinum, gold or cash. Thanks.)

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  1. Our microwave clock remains accurate. The oven does not. Himself's beside clock (digital) loses time too - whic does my head in.
    We too have a very old mantel clock. As you say it runs fast when it has just been wound, and loses time as a reminder.

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    1. EC a bedroom clock losing time must be maddening. My old digital radio bedside clock used to lose time but corrected itself when I turned the radio on.

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  2. Sorry. No birthday present for you if you don't do cheap. Ha.
    Our bedroom clock resets itself a week early. Why? I have no idea.

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    1. Sandra, when daylight saving dates were changed here, it caused all sorts of problems, including with street lights.

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  3. That's the trouble with American dates it's all back the front because we are used to our way. The old clock is amazing for being 100..love old clocks chiming.

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    1. Margaret, it is a plain clock and it doesn't play a tune but its gong is quite a sweet note. But it is just too loud.

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  4. I'm a mad clock collector. Oddly, this huge cheap station clock I have over the toilet in my bathroom keeps the best time of all, apart form the digital on phone and computer. I had one with the temp, baro pressure, etc., on it and loved it but it sadly died.
    XO
    WWW

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    1. WWW, I think I know what your railway clock looks like. They are pretty cool. A railway clock needs to keep good time, I should hope. I wouldn't mind one with a barometer...ah, we have one. A small digital weather station with an outside weather detection unit. I can't tap it to see if the pressure is rising or not.

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  5. Why are you taking photos of your clocks at half past ten at night? We have several clocks but I couldn't tell you the time to the minute unless I check my phone or computer.

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    1. Oh Caro, I misset the 24 hour clocks. It was 10.38 am. I must fix that 😉

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  6. I think the only accurate clock in our house is the laptop.

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    1. Cro, the place to go if you really need accurate time. I adjust clocks by my phone time.

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  7. I have a clock on my kitchen wall, so I don't need the microwave one so I turn the microwave off at the plug after I use it for my breakfast, in the living/dining room, I have a battery operated clock and that's all I need. My bedside clock died after the last blackout we had. I wouldn't put up with something that has American style dating.

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    1. River, I guess your lounge room clock keeps good time. It seems hard to find a clock with non American dating. I must really have a good look, perhaps online.

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  8. LOL at the birthday gift hint :D That's the spirit, don't accept cheap gifts! I like your ancient clock and feel it's doing well to be still ticking at all. One of our clocks is outrageously fast; it's almost at ceiling height so I have to take a yardstick to turn the hands back about once a week. I soldier on with it out of habit now (as you do with your elderly clock?). The only clocks I can absolutely trust are the ones that sync with the outside world: the computer, the landline phone, and my cell phone.

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    1. Jenny, when my grandmother died in the 1970s I took the clock and paid a fair bit, maybe $35 back then to have it put back to working order. It hasn't missed a beat since. Yes, we adjust ourselves to things that don't work properly. Our landline is supposed to time sync but doesn't for some reason and I don't have the will to find out why.

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    1. Nice work Diane. All in good time.

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  10. I still wear a mechanical self winding watch, it has to be reset a couple of times a week.

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    1. Mechanical TP? How interesting. Gosh I wonder if my self winding watch given to me by my father and step mother when I turned 21 still works. Last time I checked, it woke up and ticked away.

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  11. Ha! And I still struggle with British date format, which is the opposite of what you described. (And apparently what you usually use in Australia.)

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    1. Steve, I think the rest of the world uses the British date system, or the international YYYY/MM/DD and while it is not our system, it can't be confused.

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  12. My grandparents had this old clock ! I got crazy with the gong each hour !

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    1. Gattina, if you were having a restless night's sleep, midnight was the worst with twelve gongs.

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