Summer has managed to arrive in the Black Forest. After taking of what appeared to be an eternity, the sun has at long last, now managed to penetrate even the sleepiest parts of this world. Don´t get me wrong, habitants of the Black Forest are no more sleepier than people in any other part of the world, but that´s what seems to be the problem – because of this sudden, unexpected heat-wave, many of us are so overwhelmed (and sticky!) that we are unable to sleep properly at night. Most of us tend to slugglishly trudge through the day with eyes half-closed (nothing new there then!) 🙂 visibly struggling with the strains of wanting to find a shady place with which to rest.
It´s terribly difficult trying to keep one´s home cool (we´re just not used to so much heat) and the temperature in my sleeping quarters is akin to living in a tent having had the sun beat down on it all day. That´s why I (try to) sleep with the window wide open – and that´s the second problem! I´m just not used to all those noises outside! (sensitive me).
At approximately 4 in the morning (I know because when I can´t sleep, I tend to keep looking at my alarm clock!) the birds living in my neighbourhood just love to burst into song. That´s all very nice but would they appreciate me playing a CD from Mr Midnight´s favourite group, Depeche Mode, full blast at 2 in the morning? I hardly think so.
And then there´s the bells. Living in a sleepy village (it´s no wonder we´re all sleepy!) does have its setbacks because noises outside appear to be that much louder. I often wonder why we still have to keep ringing church bells all through the night. Every 15 minutes a gong! Every hour a full melody of chimes. Fantastic stuff – if you DON`T wish to sleep!
Now that I´m fully awake, I may now listen to the early morning traffic. I live near the main road which runs through the centre of my village so it´s probably not surprising that I should also get to know at what time the first commuters speed through my village on their way to work.
My solution: Deal with it, sweat and close the window!
What are those frequent, strange, disturbing noises Sir Winston? I hear them when it´s light and when it´s dark. Continual, deep clanging noises all day long. It´s enough to drive a cat round the bend!
Is it those humans again? They are always up to something.
The “lads” had had a strenuous night “on the town” (or “on the village” as the case may be!) and were both cat-napping in the cellar. It was just after 4.30 a.m. and Mr Midnight was becoming restless and slightly aggitated.
I didn´t realise that you crawled through grapevines Sir Winston. I´m not too fond of grapes myself. They play havoc with my stomach; but those “bell-things” should be abolished – they play havoc with my well-being.
Some of my mates down the road wear dinky, little bells around their necks but I´m just not into “bells” at the moment. They´re annoying things. Why do humans need to keep making noises with bells? Are they still in the kindergarten?
Must be one of the reasons why early German electronic (analogue) 🙂 music originated; you know, Kraftwerk etc.
I´m not quite sure why humans seem to have a passion for noisy things Mr Midnight, but there must be some reason to it all. Humans are not really logical beings but the “bell craze” must have it´s origins somewhere.
A long time ago, I heard that most humans couldn´t read and write (whatever that means) so some clever devil invented the bell with which to inform everybody what time it was.
Is this Church thingymajig an important place Sir Winston? It seems to show no mercy, especially towards cats. I mean, hitting pieces of metal at all times of the day – it´s just not on is it.
And what is this God thing anyway? Can´t humans talk to him in the solitude and comfort of their own homes?
Humans seem to think so. It´s called “a tradition” and because every human who walked the earth before the present human generation believed in a God, humans of today also want to believe in God. It´s their belief.
We cats, all other animals and humans, all have the same life-force – what humans call “souls”. Cats and animals are instinctively, constantly in-touch with their souls. Humans obviously need to have a God as well.
If it helps I suppose it´s fine, but please humans – please consider turning your “bells” off for a while. Your God can hear you without you having to wake him all the time. 🙂