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03 Apr, 2012

The sound of a backyard hubbub, one that is a tiny bit restful

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Multimedia experiments|Ottawa

Someone left a bird bath by the curb this morning so I filched it. I’m still waiting for someone to come take a sip.

I have been having a mini work/life-related freakout today, complete with Spazmatic Eye Twitch. Standing out there, pouring water in the thing (and yes, that’s a cork in the middle), and just Stopping And Listening For A Moment made it all go away. For a bit.  :)

It sounds lovely. How about lending an ear and taking 30-seconds out of your busy day to hear what my backyard sounds like right now too?

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4 Responses to "The sound of a backyard hubbub, one that is a tiny bit restful"

1 | Heather MacIntosh

April 3rd, 2012 at 10:06 pm


I am really surprised – it sounds like a bird sanctuary! How lovely to hear that in the city.

2 | Sara

April 4th, 2012 at 8:20 am


The sounds of birds is so soothing. It’s yoga in my ears :)

3 | coffeewithjulie

April 4th, 2012 at 9:39 am


Great score on the bird bath!

4 | Heather

April 4th, 2012 at 1:13 pm


Great sounds! Thank you for the nice mental break in my crazy busy afternoon, it was a nice reminder to breathe.

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