I crave and rejoice in birdcalls in the garden. I also love lizards. Their slithering is intriguing but does not have the same uplifting feel as the sounds of birds.
On good days bird sound is louder than the sounds of cars. Over the years bird sounds trump those of cars less and less often –on long weekends and public holidays maybe.
I look forward to the coming of electric cars. As electric cars gradually replace regular cars, I look forward to a gentle humming sound instead of the present roar of engines. As well as saving carbon, they will significantly reduce noise pollution.
For blind people this is already an added hazard in their lives. They depend on engine noise to avoid being run over. The Blind Advocacy Group exists to pressure governments to resolve this issue. Maybe they could advocate for hybrid cars to reproduce birdcalls?
In addition to the usual suburban sounds of cars driving, dogs barking, birds calling and lizards slithering, on windy days I listen to the gentle sound of my new windchime. Paula, my friend who is a feng shui consultant bought it for me. She says it is a known way to enhance a garden through harmonious tuned sound. It’s true – it does enhance our experience of the garden. She can be contacted for consultations on 03 5981 0068, or email@example.com.
about this blog
This blog tracks the ongoing changes of my garden, and the wildlife I try to attract to it. It's a nature blog. It contains my thoughts and musings about anything and everything to do with nature - gardening, book reviews, philosophy, travel, science, history, art, design, politics. Catmint is my signature plant because it has all the qualities I value in a plant: resilience, beauty and the capacity to spread prolifically . Unfortunately it's not indigenous. If I was starting again I'd probably choose an indigenous plant.
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SOME OF MY FAVOURITE BLOGS
- Atlas of Living Australia
- Australian Marine Conservation Society
- Australian Plants Society Victoria
- Avaaz - The World in Action
- BirdLife Australia
- Bush Heritage Australia
- Eco Voice: Voice of the earth
- Encyclopedia of Life
- Field Naturalists Club of Victoria
- Indigenous Flora and Fauna Association
- Landshare Australia
- Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne
- Seedsavers: Preserving the genetic basis of tomorrow's food
- Stop Factory Farming of our Pets
- Sustainable Gardening Australia
- The Nature Conservancy Australia