September 25, 2012

Trains and Winter Rains

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Some while ago - back in February: was it really seven months ago? - I wrote a little post about some of my favorite things.  It occurs to me now that most of those were objects: things like family and books and pocket watches.  But I also have a number of sounds I love, for their own sakes or simply because they remind me of something else. 

things like...

the sound of distant train whistles and wheels in the night // butter scraping over toast // keys ringing on key chains // my cat purring // the mailman's truck on our street // book-spines crackling for the first time // my family's laughter // waves on the beach // the wind in maple leaves // the north-England accent // the sound of my church-family singing // my characters' voices // whatever happens to be my favorite song at that moment // high heels on hardwood // my clock ticking (and only my clock) // fog horns // rain on the street // gulls crying // percolating coffee

These are some of the things I love to hear.  What are some sounds that thrill and inspire you?


  1. Whippoorwills in the woods at night...lemonade pouring into a glass...the clink of a spoon against a china teacup...a truly Celtic singing voice...Scottish accents. Accents of any sort, really.

  2. Oh, lovely post! Some sounds that thrill and inspire me ... wind - whistling at the windows and rustling the trees, chimes, rain, streams or rain rivulets, Scottish and Irish accents, songbirds, my beaded curtain, church bells, chattering poplar leaves, whippoorwills, clinking glasses, Canada geese, mourning doves, a ram's horn trumpet blast, Celtic music, harps, flags in the wind and hitting the flagpole.
    It's fun to discover what other people love to hear!

  3. I love gulls crying! And "high heels on hardwood" sounds like the name of a novel or film. :)

    I love....pencil scratchings, little voices singing songs about Jesus, looking at the moon at the same time of my friend half the country away, typewriter patterings, rain on roofs.

    _ B

  4. Rachel - I've never heard a whippoorwill; isn't that sad? I do like the sound of sweet tea or lemonade being poured, though.

    Kelsey - I thought of mentioning Canada geese, myself! And I like chimes as well, especially at night. Why do some sounds seem better at night?

    B. - It does rather, doesn't it? Typewriter clattering is a fun sound, but I would hate to actually have to use one; they look like royal nuisances!

  5. Hm.... I love the sound of rain. It seems so rare and it is so peaceful. I love the smell of roses and tea but that's smell not sounds lol

  6. Aw...that is a little sad. (Though after encountering a whippoorwill's call 500 times in a row and being kept awake alllllll night, the charm lessened.) There's such a mournful, forced cheerfulness in the poor little bird's voice:
    "Whip-poor-WILL!" :)

  7. I collect typewriters, so I would have to disagree! LoL There are beautiful vintage ones...not for use, but for decor. I remembered one more thing tonight, with this in mind...the shuffle of cards. This was a great post to get one thinking about the little things! :)


  8. ...a cat purring, church bells, the wind when it stirs the leaves, the sound of high heels on hardwood floors, chimes of a clock, a mourning dove in the early morning hours, the crackle of a fire, laughter around me, family and friends' voices, the sound of pages turning in treasured books, a violin, the clack of my keys when I'm writing, and the soothing sounds of home-life.

    These are some of "my favorite [sounds]". :-)


  9. Such lovely sounds! Isn't it amazing the affect simple sounds can have on us, how we can "fall in love" with them? :)
    The shutter of the camera always makes me smile, but I also love brand-new pointe shoes on wood, and the sound of thumbing through pages quickly. Oh, and the sound of a paper-cutter chopping crisply through paper, birds chirping, and new wipe-off markers on a wipe-off board. :)

  10. A delightful post, Abigail! That's a novel and sweet idea to share your "favourite sounds" :-)... it definitely makes you listen out more carefully for the beautiful sounds around you. I shall try and squeeze some time during these holidays to write up a delightful little post like that!

    Oh, and I love this sound "the mailman's truck on our street" because it oft' singles such delights!

  11. Writer - I was tempted to put smells, too, and maybe one of these days I'll devote a post to them. Roses and tea, and also hazelnut coffee. Good, good smells.

    Rachel - I think perhaps I have a whippoorwill at the end of The Running Tide, but I may have had to cut him out. Ah, no, there he is! I left him after all.

    B. - Collecting them would be so much fun. If I open a bookstore as I would like to do, I want to have at least one nice, vintage typewriter in the decor. What's a cozy bookshop without a typewriter?

    Patience - I forgot to say a fire crackling, myself! Perhaps because it's only ever cold enough for a fire a couple nights during the year. I do love that sound, though. Especially on the rare occasions when an ice storm takes out our power, and we sit around the fireplace in the dark.

    Bree - Paper-cutting and hole-punchers! Those are good sounds; I like the heavy crunch as it goes through the pages.

    Joy - But even better than the sound of the mailman's truck is the clatter of the mailbox door as he crams in a package or a letter. Good times.

  12. Very creative, I like it a lot.

    -Keystone Contracting Corp.


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