3.30. a.m.

If it’s not one thing it’s another.

There’s an enormous tree just outside the open bedroom window. Something has taken to sitting in it, making an almighty racket. An owl? Maybe, but not the ‘too-wit too-woo’ of the tawny owls that we have grown so used to. A bit too squeaky for that. Whatever it is, there’s no option but to listen to it. Sleep is now out of the question.

And it wasn’t just the one night either. By the next time though I am ready. I’ve found a site on the internet with recorded owl calls, to play alongside the sound from outside. Isn’t technology wonderful? Perhaps I should just have figured out how the volume buttons on the iPad work. Maybe if I start up the audio clip and then hit one of the buttons and see what happens. Louder or softer? I’ve a 50/50 chance. In any case, Mike doesn’t have any trouble sleeping. He probably won’t even hear it. Right?

 Wrong.

“If that owl comes in here because you are playing that sound…..”

Doh.

The following night I went for the safer option. I did my own recording. I think it’s the sound of a juvenile tawny owl. Anyone know for sure? Listen very carefully and you can hear two of them, calling to each other across the wood. And if you listen more carefully still, at between 10 and 15 seconds in, one of them may even have caught a mouse!!

 
 
   
 

This is the first time I’ve experimented with audio files. Let me know if it doesn’t work and I’ll try something else. You may also need to turn your sound up!