The morning started very quietly today, there was very little wind and everything seemed still.
This is the first full week of the autumn term and so we are all settling back into our school-time routines. The quietness of the morning seemed to emphasise the return to a more structured time-table.
I took a detour on the way home from dropping off at school to pick a few blackberries. Just half a mile outside the village there was little sound, apart from the cawing of some birds pecking for grain amongst the stubble of the harvested fields and in the distance, across the fields, the sound of the children at the primary school that my children used to go to, playing outside before the start of school.
It was misty and slightly damp, it seemed as if I could almost feel the countryside beginning to slow down in preparation for winter.
I like quiet. When I am driving or when I am in the house by myself, I rarely listen to music or to the radio preferring to lose myself in my thoughts in silence.
As we have become more aware of our energy use and have not replaced appliances as they have worn out, I find that there are more moments when there is complete quiet in the house. No longer any whirring of a dishwasher or breadmaker, often the only thing switched on in the house is the fridge.
Until recently this must have been the level of noise in most homes. A couple of generations ago there may not have been a fridge.
Electricity came to our village in 1936. According to a local history booklet,
"The Wessex Electricity Company installed three lights and one 15 amp 3 pin plug free for each new customer."
-not much scope for a lot of electrical appliances then.
I wonder if the continual background noise we are subjected to, aircraft, traffic, etc, apart from the noise we generate ourselves, contributes to the general level of busy-ness and stress that many complain of today.
Perhaps in the future as we are forced to cut back on our energy use, amongst the many disadvantages will be the benefit of a quieter,calmer environment.
The photographs were taken during my blackberry picking walk this morning.