Saturday, 8 June 2013

What Do You Hear?

Today's blog is a bit of an experiment.
Don't worry I haven't gone all Avant-garde on you all......
I have only been thinking  that the sense of hearing, is perhaps the one I take the most for granted.
After a some what backbreaking watering of "bosoms" and an equally tiring " wound check" of Bingley's arse, I sat down to record a brief snap shot of today's Trelawnyd sound bite.

Now if you want to join in.....turn up your volume, play the video but DON'T WATCH IT....
It's piss boring anyhow, only having George rolling about in the grass to watch.... But I am interested in what you can hear!
There's the low drone from the traffic  of the A55, the main road into North Wales....and that is four miles inland!....wild bird song, the murmur and chatter from a passing hen, Bingley's gobble, mutterings from the geese, a distant motorbike,crows in the distance...........perhaps a faraway plane on its decent into Manchester........
How many times do we look..... But not listen?
Just a thought....

51 comments:

  1. Brilliant! Sometimes that's all you need to relax. Close yer eyes and just listen to the world rather than stare at it. That's one reason I like hammocks in the garden.

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  2. John: I've been conducting a census of birds breeding in our forest for the last 20 years. The censuses have to be conducted within 3 hours of sunrise, so I'm in the woods very early listening for birdsong. Though my census area is located at least two miles from a very heavily traveled toll freeway, the traffic noise often drowns out the birdsong during rush hour.

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  3. Sounds like Bingley and the dogs serve in tandem as an alarm committee. I love the muttering of the hen; I miss that sound. Your Bosoms are quite peaceful, to me. We get a good bit of road noise, plus a lot of planes taking off from the nearby airport. I think it would be great if we all shared the sounds of our backyards. I only wish mine had fewer engines and more hen muttering.

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  4. It was all going swimmingly until one of the dogs barked. One of the cats(Fleur)decided there was a dog in the room..she's calmed down now!
    Jane x

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  5. your animals all have welsh accents!

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  6. That was surprisingly lovely.

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  7. What lovely peaceful sounds..until the dogs went nuts of course...now I have to actually watch it because I want to see George.

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  8. Another video worthy of an arts council grant. Shame about the wind blowing into the microphone though - as they used to say on 'One Man and His Dog': "Oh dear, he's lost points there!"

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  9. Amongst all the lovely sounds, the Trelawnyd Grand Prix appeared to be taking place nearby. Snippet went crazy when your dogs started barking, shooting down the garden and then running up and down the hedge line snorting like a little hairy black pig.

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  10. That was lovely. I could lay on the grass and listen to chickens, geese and turkey all day... Hey ho, back to the ironing. :(

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  11. Lovely morning sounds, a little surprised at the bark - had a volume too loud, LOL!

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  12. Me thinks heaven will sound like that...
    Els

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  13. It was having such a serene soporific effect on me - and then the dog barked, rudely breaking the spell!
    You didn't put one of those subliminal messages on it, did you? 'Cos I suddenly have an urgent want to come to Wales - a country (or should that be 'principality' ?) I've not visited heretofore. Very strange (the feeling, I mean, not Wales).

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  14. I'm not entirely sure of everything I heard, but here is what I think I heard. Birds (wild and domestic), motorcycle, plants rustling against one another, a breeze hitting the mic, dog barking and Bingley answering, insects of the flying variety and...

    ... um, and there was also you breathing. ;)

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  15. That was fun, thank you John. I like sitting on the beach quietly but Dillon pants & barks & spoils my quiet moment ( must go without him )

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  16. I am quite deaf John and wear a hearing aid so am even more sensitive to lovely sounds than most. The cuckoo has been heard twice in our village this year for the first time in a few years - I do so wish he would pop down our end of the village. Bird calls are at their height aren't they? Good of you to remind us to listen.

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  17. I did enjoy that, even though I mostly heard the wind (or your breath?) in the mic and the constant ringing in my own ears. I was able to hear hens or ducks muttering a couple of times, a low engine rumble, but best of all - turkey gobbles. I think. And then, of course, your canine alarms - but gentle barks, no snarls or growls.

    Nancy in Iowa

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  18. You made my day again!!!!!!!!

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  19. I sat and listened with my Jack Russell Diggers. When your dogs barked he shot out of the cat flap to find them!!

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  20. Very peaceful! George is so cute rolling around in the grass. Do the dogs ever attack the chickens?

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  21. Thanks for that, it was lovely.
    Briony
    x

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  22. When I teach people to meditate, it is also important to hear, recognise and then let drift away every sound you can hear (in order to go deeper into meditation) but the point is when you really do listen to what is around, the amount of 'noise,' the number of sounds is incredible.
    Great post

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  23. Traffic noise drives me bonkers. I walk the dogs in a place where you can't here it. In Penyffordd they are building 500 homes within 200yds of two trunk roads. Noise does not seem to bother the insensitive. Bikers hammer along the bypass with illegal exhausts doing 120mph We also have very slight noise from the cement works. Locals complain about that. Funny how they can discern the factory noise over the trunk road traffic which is a lot louder.
    You may wish to know John that the EU are on the noise case.............
    The A55 as within 2 miles over Penyffordd you cannot however hear it. Not so with regards our bypass.

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  24. Talking of noise. Radio 1 blaring out of the garden over the back this morning........

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  25. You live in an absolutely beautiful part of the world! I have always lived in the country and cannot imagine how I would cope in a city...I love days like the one you showed when it is sunny and quiet and you can enjoy all of those"background" sounds...very comforting!

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  26. the puppy video was good! I heard birdies, bingley, dogs barking, wind, you sniffing. I admit my laptop speaker ain't that great!

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  27. Was the brief moment of passing breeze natural or from you ?

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  28. Lovely! :-) It is one of the real treats of living out in the country. We have nightingales and hearing them trying to out sing each other [and waking us up in the process] is a real joy.

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  29. Trelawnyd village distance from the A55 as the crow flies is 2.3 miles according to google maps. That's why you can hear it John. Sorry for being a clever clogs.

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  30. Nope! Played it twice and can't hear a thing. Mind you, I guess it might help if I plugged in the speakers. I wanted to hear but I just didn't look!

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  31. John, I felt very tranquil as I watched your vid, I needed a bit of tranquillity so thanks for giving me a moment of peace.

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    1. A bit drier than you are eh?

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  32. Yes, I liked that. the Trelawnyd Terrors are having fun too

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  33. I grew up in the country to the sound of 'Moo-ing" on one side of us and the heavy traffic of the national highway on the other. I always preferred the Moos.

    Can you tell us why, at the point where the barking cut in, the two brown dogs disappeared to the left and the one SMALL black dog seemed to be holding off the imminent threat by himself? haha perhaps I have misinterpreted :)

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    1. There was a couple I knew in the graveyard..they waved and the dogs went all silly about it x

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    2. Ahhh ... dogs are friendly like that :)

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  34. We are dog minding and the barking dog set off a right kerfuffle. I'll listen again through earphones.

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  35. Good to do this....just stop and listen. Good advice John.

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  36. Stop and smell the roses and stop and listen to the world. Great words to live by. I think I'll do that tomorrow when we head to the farm. Thank you John!

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  37. I love all the little chirpy birds you have in the UK. The birdsong is always lovely. Our birds are on the whole much louder and in some cases not exactly pretty (kookaburras) though we do have a few " singers" (magpies).

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  38. Stop and smell the roses, see the sunshine, taste the sweetness of the air, hear life around us. We so seldom do this. Thank you for reminding us to take in our surroundings.

    DG

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  39. Very peaceful. Love your videos.

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  40. I did listen, but I have to admit that I watched as well. Watching a happy dog is a goooood thing.

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  41. Goodness, so much to hear! Our bit of earth is pretty darn quiet.

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  42. Was that you or the dogs sniffing at the beginning...damned motorcycle!

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