Three am thump, thump, thump, thump, dadadadadadada
The end of school year rave in a barn three farms away.
Five am Boom, boom
Five thirty thump, thump, dadadadadadada clatter, clatter
The dog's feet on the wooden staircase. He needs to go out. The cat follows him out.
Six am crunch, crunch, crunch, crunch
The cat is devouring a freshly caught mouse on the bedroom floor.
Bang, bang, crack, crack
Hunters shooting deer or boar at the edge of the wood. They’ve been feasting on the crops. Our spy camera captured a family of five boar at the back of the house last week. Deer regularly appear on the wrong side of the barrier meant to keep them out of the crops.
Boom, boom, crash, crash
The thunderstorm now right overhead
Six forty five thump, thump, dadadadadada
The cat's mouse makes a reappearance on the bedroom floor
Thump, thump, dadadadadada
Grumble, grumble, mutter mutter, damn that cat
I fetch kitchen roll, cloths and marigolds from downstairs
Seven am thump, thump, dadadadadadadada
The guns go off again
Clitter, clatter, pitter, patter
The rain begins
Seven thirty rumble, rumble
The thunderstorm moves away.
Eight am all is quiet and I am exhausted.
A thunderbolt sets fire to the roof of the eglise at Descartes, destroying it.