Sunday Musings #188

I love the sound you make when you shut up.

– Unknown


OK I’ll be the first to admit that I have sensitive hearing, but still, some people are very loud and never stop talking. We all know one!

Noise pollution has increased over the years, along with all other pollution. (In Cape Town the air is often bad and we rely on the Cape Doctor (our strong winds) to blow it away.)

All day long I hear loud cars and motorbikes on the freeway; and jumbo jets, which even though they are high up by the time they pass our house, are still loud!

When the neighbours have their garden service around, we have hours of very loud noise from the petrol mowers and weedeaters (strimmers). Typically this will happen when I have a friend round and we are sitting out under the trees in the garden. You cannot hear yourself think, let alone speak!

But go back a few hundred years and while it may have been quieter, I am sure it smelled a lot worse!



30 thoughts on “Sunday Musings #188

  1. A Curious Introvert

    Loved the quote!πŸ™‚ I thought I lived in a very quiet area, but Harper, who is afraid of loud noises, stops in her tracks at the neighbors lawn equipment, the neighbors talking in their yard, the lawn equipment from two streets over, some birds and from the noise of anything I drop, which happens much more often than I realized.😁

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  2. pgraysurvival

    I don’t think I’ve ever heard ‘nothing’ but one of the things about boat living was that opportunity for quiet away from everyone . Except not even that was enough. Aircraft, the background noise of modern life, much as you noted.

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Yes, there is always Some background noise, even on the river, but luckily it is fairly quiet where we live – except when people do their gardens! πŸ˜€

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  3. Murphy's Law

    Sensitivity to noise and smells? Same for me. Loud cars, motorcycles, sirens, people arguing, gas and electric powered equipment and tools……the list is almost endless.

    Murphy has it worse because she hears everything I do PLUS those sounds I don’t. 😳

    My husband is hard of hearing. Won’t admit it. 😑😑 So our TV is on loud enough to be heard probably 3 blocks away!!

    I love today’s quote!!
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Thank you πŸ˜€
      Yes it really has become a very noisy world, especially for those with acute hearing like Murphy.
      My husband also has the TV really loud – maybe it’s just a guy thing! πŸ˜€
      I had to rescue your comment from Spam – which is why I am late in replying. But it’s all good now. πŸ™‚


  4. Garfield Hug

    I know the feeling and in lil red dot it is worst as heavy population, highways everywhere etc. Many in old age lose their hearing. My mum is an example and MR EX is already showing signs of being hard of hearing and he too, will need a hearing aid in old age for sure.πŸ™„

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Yes, built up areas are always noisier and I think today’s youth will have even more hearing problems when they are old, as they use headphones all the time!


  5. C C Cedras

    Wee Fergus and I have it good. Living in the mountains, closest neighbor a quarter of a mile away, it’s dead quiet. Once in a while, if the air and wind are just right, I can hear a train following the river, several miles away. And occasionally, a small group of fighter jets will zoom over the house on practice runs, driving Fergus insane and then the quiet is well and truly broken. πŸ˜‰

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