Thursday, 4 March 2010
The Owl(s) and the Pussycat
Every night as I tap tap on my keyboard, I hear owls.
Not the kind of owls that go “ooo-woooo”, like wise ol owls do. Nope. They’re the kind that go “yeeeeeeek” “yeeeeeek” “” “yeeeeeeek”.”yeeeeeeeeeeeeeek – oooooh”
When I first moved into this house, and I heard them I remember thinking, Oh my goddess the estate agent lied, this isn’t a nice quiet area, this is where Jack the Ripper’s descendants live.
Which isn’t really fair on the neighbour’s that my small office window overlooks – because they have a nice big garden with these mature Cedar trees and they have a yappy dog, a couple of teenagers, and the dad likes mowing his lawn at least three times a day.
Anyway, I’ve gotten used to these owls. And their night-time screeching. It’s kind of comforting for me because I do like a certain regularity in my life and these owls are very regular. They tell me that it’s way past my bedtime and I ought to catch up on my beauty sleep if I’m to stay as gorgeous as I am!
So when I didn’t hear them last night, I worried. I stayed up as late as I dared not tapping anything on my pc. I near enough had my ear to the window but not too close as the glass is still a bit nippy.
Then I hear them. Except it wasn’t them. And it wasn’t coming from outside either. Not from the big mature Cedar tress of the acre garden. Not from the surrounding farmland beyond.
There was screeching alright except that it was coming from next door.
I live in the middle of terraced housing. Two weeks ago I acquired new neighbours. A young couple - nice, smiley fresh faced young couple, late twenties maybe? It’s taken them two weeks to move in properly and last night was their first night in their home together.
Well there was certainly howling. And I think I caught an “oooooh”. Even the Cat woke up and stared at me with big round eyes and an expression that asked "what the...?"
Needless to say, I decided that maybe the owls were having an off night. So, I turned my pc on and started tapping.
Needless to say I didn’t get much sleep either.
But this morning, the Cat woke up looking gorgeous.
Tonight the owls are back.