Ah, the sounds of Spring in the air...
Birds chirping, bees buzzing, lawnmowers droning, hedge cutters hacking, hammers thumping... That's what I hear when the weather is fine on this housing estate.
I can't blame people for wanting to work outside on a sunny day. At least they're making the effort to improve their lot. But dear me, what a racket! If I want to open a window or sit outside for a few minutes, I can forget about relaxing.
No, if I want to enjoy the natural sounds of Spring, I have to go for a walk down to the river and across it to the woods beyond.
That's where I can hear nature. That's where I can hear my own thoughts.
Richard Pettitt, cartoonist.