Friday, 5 April 2013

Light & Noise


In the winter this woolly hat is never off my head.
Not only is it a panacea to all of the negative elements the winter has to throw at me. it doubles as a handy chicken wrap ( Eric fits snugly inside it when I have to spray his sore arse on a daily basis) and it can hold a dozen eggs quite easily if I have forgotten the collecting bowl.
I will wear the bloody thing 24/7 if Chris allows it and I have even been known to wear it in bed ( pulled down over my eyes), as the arrival of British Summer time has meant that dawn bursts forth around 6 am......early morning light wakes me up as easily as a fat man banging a drum would do.

The cockerels ( all seven of them) start crowing before dawn.  It used to worry me, as we have three sets of neighbours that flank the field, but after taking a straw poll of opinions it is clear that non of the residents of the lane are really bothered by the noise. 
In actual fact most say  that when they hear a particularly loud cock-a - doodle - do, they are actually reassured by it for it means that the roosters are still firing on all cylinders......it's the same phenomenon of someone who lives next to a railway or under a flight path...........you get so used to the noise so much that you fail to hear it anymore.

This morning, as I lay half asleep in bed with my hat over my eyes... I tried to guess what time it was.
The cockerels were crowing intermittently , and the geese were honking their occasional reply but the dogs were still fast asleep in their untidy puddles on the bed and Albert was snoring from his place on the window seat ,so I thought it was still around 6am, and settled down under my hat to go back to sleep.

I think I will stop wearing the hat in bed.........in actual fact, it was well past 8am and the field animals AND my MIL were up and waiting patiently for their breakfasts
     

60 comments:

  1. such a handsome man up there! :)

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    1. Oh bless...you obviously don't get out much

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    2. oh but I do; didn't you see me with a bunch of handsome boyfriends 3 weeks ago at the east coast blogger meetup? I don't dig ugly boyfriends!

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  2. Hahaha foiled by the Hat. x

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  3. I think you need one of my garish knitted creations to wear in bed. I never thought of knitting and selling hats to the farmers in the village as chicken holders - might give that a go :o)

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    1. I will buy one off you!

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    2. For you or the chicken?

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    3. Measure your head, give me an idea of colour/style and I'll get cracking

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  4. Do you really put that back on your head (and over your eyes) after spraying Eric's sore "arse"? Also, do you suppose a skinny man banging a drum would wake you up or only a fat one?

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    1. A fat man would give the drum more gusto!

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    2. I noticed you ignored Mitchell's first question, which is one I was asking, too. Alas, I fear your reticence has provided the answer!

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  5. Hi John
    My hubby wears his hat all the time too when it is cold. He also wears it in bed and says he sleeps much better too. He even wears it with his suit and long coat when we go to work, but whips it off before we reach the front door

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    1. He's a top bloke your man

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  6. I also wear them around the house and out and about. I get strange looks though. Even though one of them is pink, and I'm 48 years old, they seem to think I'm a gangsta girl.

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    1. Chris says thehat makes me look simple

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  7. My little Alex is guaranteed to wake you at 5am EVERY morning.

    Fantastic tropical storm going on here as I write. The noise of raindrops the size of golfballs hitting the unlined wrigglyy tin roof is deafening. Alex and I are having to shout at each other to be heard. This noise isn't measured in decibels, it is measured on the Richter scale. Beats a portly gentleman on a drum!

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    1. You should record them and post the video tom

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    2. This is Angola, John. The very smart waterproof digital camera my brother brought out for me has already been stolen.

      Marcia has suggested we wait until we are properly secured in the new house before buying anything else.

      The night before last, and this is an incredible feat of engineering, they managed to dismount and steal a brand new outboard motor that Rico had just repowered one of his boats with while it was floating on the river. That's 14,000 US dollars gone so I suppose I shouldn't whine about a camera.

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  8. Hurrah for the knitted cap! I knit, and have an assortment of knitted caps for me and my husband to wear throughout the cold weather, indoors and out. The other day it was warmer than usual, and I took off my hat indoors and I felt naked.

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    1. The one in your photo looks very cool

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    2. thanks - I love it - but embarrassed-ly that is one hat thing I did not knit myself

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  9. You're a smart man and a handsome one, too. Nothing so unattractive as a man who doesn't have the sense to keep his head warm!

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    1. A woman with true taste!

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  10. This has tickled me so much!
    I can just imagine Chris going to buy a hat for you and being asked your size. "big enough to hold a dozen eggs" says he

    I can also picture your MIL sat at the table waiting for breakfast!

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  11. whoops (MIL up, oh dear, oh dear)! rather intriguing your wooly hat and so many uses! back when I had chickens and eggs, if I forgot the egg basket I had to make do with using my shirt (pulling it up from the bottom to make a container)...on the odd occasion the neighbors got an eye full :)

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  12. A multi task hat, I like it.
    Briony
    x

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  13. What you need is a stylish eye mask. My husband sports one because he's a delicate flower, and during summer the sun comes up half an hour before it goes down here.
    It's like sleeping beside a butch Bette Davis.
    Me? I'm not so femmer. Back in the day, the house next door burnt to the ground during the night, with four fire engines attending, and I slept right through it.

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    1. I used to have one ( nicked from an international flight) the dog chewed it

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  14. In my Lovely Hubby's case it is a flat cap, no good for pulling down over his eyes in the morning but brilliant for sitting poorly chickens in and carrying a dozen or so eggs, and yes he pops it straight back on his head after any use!!

    I hope you got the breakfast served in the right order this morning after your late start...... the field animals and THEN your mum in law :-)

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    1. Yes it was in THAT order x

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    1. NEVER!....I an too virile

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    2. The bald patch would be a solar panel for a sex machine!
      Jane x

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  16. I've got one on the needles right now. If I ever finish it I'll send it to you. Keep it in your pocket for emergencies. That way the one on your head won't be exposed to chicken arses.

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  17. I fell back in shock at the sight of you minus hairy accompaniment... apart from your chin that is!

    LLX

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  18. i slept in to 8 this morning and could not believe it. i am usually up at 4:30! i felt as though i slept through the whole day!

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  19. Yes, it dawns too early for me, too. I have a hat i keep under my pillow and will pull it on some nights when it's cold. It's been very cold so far this spring, so i've worn it most nights. I'd have to have a spare hat for Eric's arse, as i wouldn't want to put the hat back on my head afterwards.

    Good on Sorrel and the animals for letting you sleep in.

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    1. Ah so I. Am NOT as mad as a box of frogs then

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  20. Please tell me your MIL had at least prepared some tea or coffee for her wonderful SIL!

    When I wake up after sunrise, I feel like the whole day is ruined.

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    1. She's an ideal house guest jon

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  21. Ah, the thought of you holding your chicken in your hat and spraying his sore ass, warms my heart.

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  22. Someone once told me that a poultice of chicken poo would help fight baldness, can’t imagine doing it myself but perhaps you and your chicken arse hat have something there.

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  23. LOLOLOL of course its the hat's fault!

    bad hat! you must be punished and sit in the corner while you think upon what you have done...

    LOL

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  24. My eyes blurred a bit between the jump from hats to chicken poo to chicken arse, but I caught the gist of it all.

    Weather news says the UK will have winter until early June, when there will be a brief few hours for spring. Another few for summer, and then back to winter. You'll need a new hat.

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  25. Cannily avoiding the Benny from Crossroads look. Not a lot of people can do that...

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  26. Um, after you use your hat to hold the poor chicken while you spray his arse, do you spray the HAT before popping it back onto your head? Maybe you could treat yourself to a couple more "single use" hats. One for your head, one to collect eggs, one as a receptacle for holding chickens with a pain in the arse.

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    1. Well the arse sticks OUT of the hat so it's not mucked up!

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  27. My gran never ever took her hat off indoors. I can remember her clearly in her kitchen in a huge fur Russian hat as though it was normal. Worryingly as it has been so cold here in Normandie I seem to have inherited her habits and I am very loathe to take off my woolly hat. Mind you as long as that's her only habit I inherit I won`t worry, she was also incontinent!!!

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    1. A wonderful story and memory shirl

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  28. "...early morning light wakes me up as easily as a fat man banging a drum would do" Oh John, your command of the English language is TDF (to die for) I would LOVE to have the exactness with which you describe something. I'm surprised too: a cat that snores? Albert looks such a sleek, neat lad, it's hard to imagine him snoring. Have a cracking great weekend. Greetings, Jo

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    1. Thank you jo.... You are very sweet x

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  29. Leaving a MIL waiting can be dangerous!

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  30. Not mine Al......she has not got a bad bone in her body

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  31. You obviously needed that sleep.

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  32. You're right about railway lines. As a kid, I lived next to a railway line for over 20 years and I just never noticed it unless I deliberately listened.

    I have a similar woolly hat but I only wear it when it's really really cold. I know people say a tight-fitting hat will make you bald, but I've never seen the evidence....

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  33. A man and his hat should never be parted. I have a RipCurl woolly hat, bought from a surf shop a hundred years ago. Never been near a surf board, but been just about everywhere else with me! Not sure about treating chickens areses in one though, better left to the professionals.

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