Life is never dull here, and certainly not quiet. We moved to the country only to discover it is as exciting, chaotic and noisy (!) as city life, just in a different way.
We took over the Caretaker’s cottage of a small Chateau here in France when we first came to France, where we have been delighting in the dramas of its garden, and animals, ever since. Every day some new adventure comes our way, but with 8 animals initially ~ now up to 16 ~ and that’s not including the wild critters who reside in and around, how could there ever be a dull moment?
The first thing you notice about nature here is the bird song. Seriously, who said the country side is quiet? They obviously never lived in it. Birds twitter, tweet, hoot, screech, and peep infinitum. Keep your doors open and the birds are quiet happy to come in.
I had a lovely little bird join me the other day, coming in to check out the cottage and then decided to hang out on top of our kitchen cabinets and watch our life at work. A nice twist for the bird watching books.
We had a little red squirrel living in our attic for awhile. He was collecting nuts and just as we were going to bed he would start rolling the nuts he had collected down the eves into his hidden storage areas. I kid you not. It made a racket.
Unfortunately, one day we heard this loud ‘wummpphh’ in our garden and saw a big bird taking off. That night we noticed that there was no more rolling of nuts down the eaves. A truly sad moment of nature’s realism.
The chickens often have a wander in as well, if we aren’t paying attention or leave the door open. They have curious souls and are always up for checking out new areas. There have been quite a few times I have been sitting and working only to hear an excited clucking from behind me if they find a crumb on the floor. (They are better than a hoover.)
Chickens make this particular clucking sound when they find food. It’s a really happy sound. But what I find very funny is that the sound alerts the others to the possibility of food and there is a mad stampede. Have you ever seen a chicken run? It’s more of a lope, side to side, like a ship, but with short legs. You can’t help but smile.
And who can forget the waterfowl? Our ducks are the biggest gossips you have ever heard. Natter, natter, natter. Honestly, they remind me of the old fashioned image of women gossiping over the back garden fence.
They have various different quacks and sounds they make, so they can really have a full conversation with you. They wander the garden and can be heard no matter where they are, whether happy, worried, or preparing to fly (which involves a very prolonged conversation amongst them all before they embark.)
Along a quiet county life theme…