I use lots of photos to share my farm stories but as I sat milking Bella this morning I turned on my "listening ears". There are so many sounds around a barn in the morning. I mentally made a list of the sounds I heard so I could share them with you.
It takes me about 5 minutes to milk Bella and these are the sounds I heard during that time:
- First and foremost the rhythmic squirting of milk into my milk pail.
- Bella munching her feed.
- The other goats pushing and shoving over who has the most feed in their trough.
- The twitter of two barn swallows discussing their nest overhead.
- The sound of a barn cat sharpening his toenails on the old wooden gate.
- The sound of the bassets and Tucker scuffling in the grass.
- The breeze blowing through the big oak behind the barn.
- A limb from the same big oak scraping on the edge of the tin roof.
- The guineas chirping and waiting for some corn.
- The twirp, twirp, twirp of the young geese talking to one another
- The cheaping of young chicks.
- The cluck of hens waiting for their feed
- The louder rooster clucks of Red and Pumpkin deciding who will "rule the roost" for the day.
- Far away I can hear a lawn mower
- The motor of a barge on the river nearly 5 miles away as a crow flies.
- Flies, always flies, it's a barn!
- The many, many purple martins who have called their babies from the martin house. I love the sound they make when the sky is full of them and they are going about their socializing in the early morning.
- Then I hear a voice, no two voices, and I look to see two little boys in their underwear, standing on the front porch, yelling, "Momma, we want some breakfast!"