100/100 CHALLENGE 26: the sounds of the birds and the scrap metal man

April 30th 2021 would’ve been Captain Tom Moore’s 101st birthday; in recognition and in remembrance of his achievement, a new challenge was announced by his family. They challenged ordinary folk to complete a hundred somethings to raise more funds for The Captain Tom Foundation – ‘whether you bake 100 cupcakes or walk 100 laps – help celebrate Captain Tom’s achievements.’ The official ‘Captain Tom 100’ has now finished, but I’ve challenged myself to write a 100 word blog each day for 100 days. I started on May 1st and when I complete my task, I’ll donate £100 to his Foundation.

Day 26

Outside with an empty head, engaged in a simple task, lifting wet laundry and pegging it to the line, thoughts swirl in a random kaleidoscope of images and words. I hear words in the sounds of the birds, in their conversational ’chk chk chk – k-k-k, K K!’ Pweeept…’ and the broadcast calls of the scrap metal man becomes his dissonant song. Eneee-y old iyern, eneee-y yold dyern, any yer old iyeeeern!
Sounds crystallise into words, words become mere resonances I don’t understand, as if in a foreign place with an unknown foreign tongue, babel of converse, a background sonic stream.



  1. Richard

    Hi Lois

    Came across a new, to me, word today. It was from Bob Macfarlane’s book, of course.


    Solastalgia is a neologism that describes a form of emotional or existential distress caused by environmental change. It is best described as the lived experience of negatively perceived environmental change. WIKIPEDIA.

    I think we are all suffering from that a little. You only have a drive a round a little and see how many green fields are morphing into housing estates.


    Best wishes

    Richard >

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