Thursday, 14 July 2011
It is early morning. I am staying with a friend, Anna, near Glasgow in a sub-urban environment. It is quiet. Very quiet. In fact cocooned in a double-glazed, well-insulated house with the windows closed it is hard to realise that there is anything going on outside. For all I know there may not be! So when I just read Librarian's comments on her blog post All that NOISE!!! I suddenly started to think. As my regular readers and friends will know, making me think is an achievement in itself!
I'd started reading blogs this morning because, although I'm off on my travels again in a couple of hours, I thought I would try and get my Thankful Thursday post done. Now the annoying thing is that something happened last week which made me very thankful indeed and I set out at one stage to write a TT post and schedule it for today knowing that time would be at a premium. Somehow ARADD intervened and since then I've been unable to recall what it was. So this morning I was sitting trying to think of a TT post subject when an angel of mercy provided one to me.
Like most, or at least many, people I find noise stressful. I live in a rural - very rural - environment. In Eagleton on the Isle of Lewis the most noise comes from natural causes - usually related with the weather in the form of wind and rain. I hear relatively few birds and no agricultural noise. The occasional vehicle turns near the house because I live at the end of the road. Occasionally people use motor-mowers to cut their grass - I am probably the worst culprit in the neighbourhood in that regard! In New Zealand the noises I hear are natural - the birds are exceptionally 'noisy' - or agricultural. I have few neighbours within earshot even when they are using things like motor-mowers.
So today, thanks to Librarian, I am thankful for the fact that I live with the noise that I want to live with, the noise of music that I initiate, and that, for the most part, I live in the 'quietness' of nature.