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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.

Sunday, 18 January 2009

sounds of the garden

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 pmpolson@gmail.com.


8 comments:

  1. That was interesting - never gave a lot of thought to sounds in the garden, though I do like wind chimes.

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  2. thanks Hermes, historically I never heard of windchimes in a cottage garden, I think they must have come from eastern culture.

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  3. Hi Catmint, what a nice gift from your friend. Bird sounds are what tells me the sun is nearly ready to show its face around here, or if not the sun, daylight anyway. The thought of no car sounds is a welcome one too. Our neighbors have a golf cart that they use to travel around their large garden, they are elderly, with shovels in the golf bag holders at the rear. I can still hear that buzzing sound when they come by, maybe the electric cars will still make a sound like that, for the blind to know they are there. We have one of those giant windchimes and my husband won't let me hang it for it is too loud if the wind really picks up. It is on the shed with vines growing up it to hinder the striking of the tubes unless the wind is blowing hard. Sort of a compromise. I will tell him about the good kharma it brings, maybe he will let it hang free. Or not. :-)
    Frances

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  4. I love the birds sounds in the garden in different seasons different sounds. Love in spring the song of the butcherbird. I have windchimes around the garden and their lovely sound suits the garden well.

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  5. My neighbor used to play the same old Aerosmith CD as loud as he could on Saturday mornings. He finally moved away and now I can hear the bird again too!

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  6. Hi Catmint:) So sorry I haven't visited in a while...I've just been busy here & there...
    I look forward to a quieter world, too...if that's possible; the electric cars will hopefully resolve a few issues. I do so enjoy the birds. My yard is filled with all types during the winter. It's a wonderland of birds, really.
    Oh--and windchimes: I have 4 on my screened porch, on my deck, and 1 on my sideyard. Depending on the direction of the wind, they all move at different times and all make a different peaceful sound...which I very much enjoy. Take care;)

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  7. I've just come across your blog and it really hit a chord with me. I'm so glad I found you!
    I too have wind chimes - a bamboo one near the side of the house, a clay one made for me by my niece is on a tree near the back door where I can see it as well as hear it and I have a beautiful bronze and wood one hanging in my utility room waiting for the day that the tea house is built in my (as yet to be completed) Japanese Garden, where it will have pride of place hanging from the corner over the pond! I can't wait!

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  8. Catmint - Would be nice to have a video clip of the wind chimes like you did with the rain and birds.

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