Here’s hoping you’re having a fabulous Friday, and will enjoy the weekend ahead. Thank you Soooooo much for all the responses and imaginative guesses for my ‘seasonal sound’. I realise it was a pretty tough call, even with the additional clue about insects, although the most popular answer has proven to be particularly apt this week.
I would love to have replied to all of you, but having been away for a few days in the Welsh mountains with my sister, I honestly didn’t have the opportunity. Very many thanks though to just a few of you who suggested rain/raindrops:
Miserable Me1, David Prince, Kasia Lewandowska, Stephanie tsang, Sarah Goodman, Claire Chapman, Tom, Sue Masterson, Karys Jones, Danielle Goddard, Janet King, Adam , Julie feathers, Christine Dodd, Caroline Pritchard, Justine Hughes, Alexa Cesaretto, Gillian Holmes, Lisa Collins, Joanne Mapp, Catherine Plant, Elaine, Linda Bilsom, Terence, Sheila McLean, Lucy Walker, Carole, Rosieomie, Sally Lea, Nicci, Jo Dunthorne, Janice Ox,main Blue, Cairlin, Lesley, Kathryn Proto, Debbie Timms,Kerry, Kathleen Marsden, Jan Beale, Claire, Brigitte Prince, Paula, Irene Bolton, Claire Jeffreys, Leanne Easedown, Verity, Elllie Fletcher, Amelia, Adele, Emma Pike, Elaine Hodgkinson, Trish, Sandra B, Mary Bell, Julie Henderson, Rebecca Muncastser, Clare White, Alison, Velma Stokes, Lorna Kennedy, Louise Dawson, Karen Delaney, Emma Louise Hogan, Kelly Curtis, Claire Simms, Gilly, Laura, Helen Swales, Vicky S, Bakhida, Bonita Sefton, Rebecca, Lynn Lewer, Naomi Harrison, pJ Bates, Rachel Bartlett, Sarah Jane Laycock, Laura Site, Janet E, Helen Lloyd.
Also, Danika Lloyd, Alan Chung, Jacki Hamer, Corrin Davies, Rachel M, Charlotte T, Rich Tyler, Jane Lethbridge, Cher!, K Beer, Luisa Lauren, Sarah Donaldon, Emma Jeffery, Sharon, Danielle Vedmore, Katie Prentice, Suzanne Brown, Gillian, Angela, Sarah Morris, Rachael G, Vivien Baird, Elodie, Tara Clover, Pauline, Gemma, Lucy Winter, Kathleen Kerr, Mary Judge, Jan Mooney, Karen Slight, Laura C Martin, Kazza Ham, Jo Carrol, Emma Heath, Debbie Davis, Pauline Hill, Jim Milligan, Laren, C. Kennedy, Angela and Loraine…..
As you’ve probably surmised that wasn’t the right answer, and neither was “food frying on a BBQ”, but bless you for trying Thanks also to Nigel Hollingsworth for thinking it might be ‘twinkly little stars pinging off a window’, and Steve Fairbairn who thought it might be ‘the sound of Rhubarb growing’ – brilliant!
As it was so difficult, and genuinely sounded like rain or food cooking, there were very few correct answers, but thanks so much for getting into the spirit of the competition and making it such a success. The sound was, in fact, wasps creating a nest in our loft!
I heard it one night just inside the bathroom wall and was so convinced we had a water leak that I had Colin get the ladder out to investigate the tank in the loft. However, as soon as he opened the hatch we realised we had a problem. There was a second nest – much larger – in the little porch roof over our back door and so I had to ring the local council and get the wasp exterminator in!!
I was expecting a white clad chap in a big hat, but Eric was in jeans and carried a small case containing something that looked like talcum powder. He told us to stay inside and keep all windows and doors shut for at least four hours after he’d done his work, as the wasps would be “none too happy”…! They weren’t but, as he’d promised, our infestation was no more.
VERY MANY CONGRATULATIONS therefore to Wendy Gordon whose name was pulled out of the hat, and was one of several folk suggesting the sound was ‘a wasp chewing wood’. Apparently they ingest wood, which is then secreted as pulp to make their nests!
I will make sure your box of Liz Earle goodies is sent out to you on Monday. I thought you might like to have a chance to hear the sound again, so my lovely editor Mark has re posted it for you. I also thought you might like to see a couple of photos taken at Portmerion and Cricceith in Wales where I had a splendid time with my sister Jenny, Linda and Colin … and so, for now, Hywl Fawr am nawr!! Goodbye for now
Have a wonderful weekend, and I’ll be in touch again soon. Do check the previous blogs as I am still writing back to those of you who are keeping in touch.
With my love, Ali xx