A quiet summer afternoon - NOT!

@boiboing (12636)
Northampton, England
July 18, 2016 8:51am CST
It's a beautiful sunny day today, here in the part of England where I live. The sky is deep blue with the odd whispy clouds, the air is still and it's warm without being uncomfortably so. I'm working from home and it ought to be lovely. Sadly, the guy on one side thinks it's the perfect day to jet wash his patio and since he's about 12 feet away from me, I've had to shut the window. This morning I thought a cat was being tortured. Several times, hearing the plaintive and insistent crying, I headed outside to see if I could help the poor creature before realising it was the neighbour's child screaming his little lungs out. I have no maternal instincts at all and as soon as I'd made sure it was only a child being tortured and not some poor innocent kitty, I headed back to my desk. And now I think my husband's going to cut the grass. So much for a quiet day at home.
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@koopharper (6284)
• Canada
18 Jul 16
This is why I'm glad my neighbours don't live very close. If we wanted to pretend each other didn't exist the illusion would very rarely get spoiled.
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@boiboing (12636)
• Northampton, England
18 Jul 16
Ah, but if you were being tortured, wouldn't you hope the neighbours could hear and come running?
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• Canada
18 Jul 16
@boiboing They have been there for us on occasion when they were needed. The people who live out here look out for each other.
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@JudyEv (123435)
• Bunbury, Australia
19 Jul 16
Maybe you need really good ear-muffs. Glad it wasn't a cat being tortured.
@boiboing (12636)
• Northampton, England
19 Jul 16
Perhaps if I wrap a cat around my head.
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@JudyEv (123435)
• Bunbury, Australia
19 Jul 16
@boiboing Good idea. Furry ear-muffs!
@Drosophila (16711)
• Ireland
18 Jul 16
Yes I would have done the same! If not complained about the noise the little prat is making
@boiboing (12636)
• Northampton, England
18 Jul 16
I specialise in passive aggressively shutting my window with a bit of a bang.
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@Drosophila (16711)
• Ireland
20 Jul 16
@boiboing hahaa you should try to get tripple glazing to keep the noise out
• United States
18 Jul 16
That's why we live in the country so the neighbors are far enough away. That reminds me, I need to do some more power washing...
@boiboing (12636)
• Northampton, England
18 Jul 16
I think we have a jet washer somewhere in the garage but it's not been used in years.
• United States
18 Jul 16
@boiboing I enjoy using ours every spring
@Jessicalynnt (47895)
• Centralia, Missouri
18 Jul 16
maybe the mower will drowned out the minion crying
@boiboing (12636)
• Northampton, England
18 Jul 16
It really is uncanny how much it sounds like a cat.
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• Centralia, Missouri
18 Jul 16
@boiboing there is a rabbit, or something small, in a few places i have lived, that has a scream that sounds like a child being tortured, it is...aweful.
• India
18 Jul 16
It's cool to know but here it is rainy day here. heavy rain too. what to do. always thinking of it that i can't go out at all.
@boiboing (12636)
• Northampton, England
18 Jul 16
Is this the beginning of your monsoon, Sunil?
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• India
19 Jul 16
@boiboing yes, and every where rain. but good because after this season most of them will have the problem of water. atleast now it is there.
@xFiacre (4459)
• Ireland
18 Jul 16
@boiboing I'm surrounded by neighbours who are constantly using high-pitched garden implements and there's just no need for it. However we have no families with young children near us, a fact that is just registering with me - I'd never thought of that particular blessing, and the only cats around are our own. But those blasted lawn mowers, strimmers and I don't know what else ....
@boiboing (12636)
• Northampton, England
18 Jul 16
I find that if I like the kids, the noise is quite charming. If I don't, it's DEEPLY annoying.
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@LadyDuck (157723)
• Switzerland
18 Jul 16
You cannot believe it, but I was horrified for a moment thinking that a poor kitty was tortured and was finally relieved to know that it was only a child. Our neighbor has decided to trim the edge today and to prune the trees. This is surely the worst timing of the year to prune the trees.
@boiboing (12636)
• Northampton, England
18 Jul 16
I can totally believe it. That's what I was thinking too.
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@dodo19 (32900)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
18 Jul 16
Definitely doesn't sound like the most peaceful afternoon.
@boiboing (12636)
• Northampton, England
18 Jul 16
Luckily our double glazing is quite effective.
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@amadeo (65995)
• United States
18 Jul 16
you have all the fun there.
@boiboing (12636)
• Northampton, England
18 Jul 16
I do Alfredo, I do. Still beats being in the office.
• Hangzhou, China
19 Jul 16
My next-door neighbour has a little daughter of four, who used to cry a lot one or two years ago. Her mom said that it was easy for her to cry once she did not get what she wanted. Often we could hear her crying loud. Now she is much better than before, she does not cry as much as before at all as time goes by. So I guess small children usually love to cry, but time will change them later on. Thanks for the discussion.
@jaboUK (53940)
• United Kingdom
19 Jul 16
My son came and cut our grass today - it was a lovely sound as it meant that I don't have to do it
18 Jul 16
A neighbour of ours has a baby boy and on hot nights when the windows are open I sometimes hear him crying ... He sounds like a cat too!
@Corbin5 (106593)
• United States
18 Jul 16
Summer does seem to be filled with more annoying sounds that the winter season.