Saturday, August 05, 2006

what kind of monkey is that?


About a week after I first arrived in Australia I went on a Christian camp with church. During the night I had heard some loud noises outside and wondered what is was. The next morning I woke up and asked the other girls in my room, "What kind of monkeys do you have here, I heard them last night" KF replied "we don't have any monkeys here", I continued "But I heard them last night" and KF insisted "There really are no monkeys here". I carried on determined "But they went like this, OOH OOH AHH AHH"
Then there was hysterical laughter "It's not monkeys you can hear, it's Kookaburra's"

DOH.... How was I suppose to know huh, I am a city girl from London. As you can imagine (and probably rightly so) I have NEVER lived that down.

I can hear a Kookaburra now, I think it is probably one of my most favourite sounds now.

What sounds do you love hearing?

16 Comments:

Blogger Nixter said...

I also like the sound of rain

Sat Aug 05, 08:58:00 AM  
Blogger Mark said...

Cicadas in summer. Along with the sounds of cricket and the smell of salt-water + sunscreen.

Sat Aug 05, 04:26:00 PM  
Anonymous rachel Greenwood said...

I love hearing my little boy gently calling 'mama' in the mornings when he wakes up and his little chortle at me when he sees me enter the room.

Sun Aug 06, 01:23:00 AM  
Blogger Nixter said...

thats cute Rach.

I like the sound of crickets too Mark..

Sun Aug 06, 11:24:00 AM  
Blogger Ruth said...

I like that my boys now call out 'there's a monkey outside' when they hear a kookaburra laughing - thanks to you Nixter!!!

I love the sound of rain, and children laughing, and the front door banging when AB comes home.

Sun Aug 06, 07:41:00 PM  
Blogger Nixter said...

LOL Ruth, that's a whole other post..

Sun Aug 06, 09:26:00 PM  
Blogger ckhnat said...

fog horns from a lighthouse

Sun Aug 06, 09:44:00 PM  
Blogger Kymmy said...

Hey Nixter ... I remember that! It was pretty funny.
My favourite sounds ... definately rain on a tin roof.
Also love the sound of a squeaky/unoiled clothes line going round and Magpies calling in the morning.

Sun Aug 06, 11:43:00 PM  
Blogger Tracy said...

Oh, I would love to hear a kookaburra. Funny, I don't recall Steve Irwin ever having them on his show, so i don't know anything about them.

On my trip to Missouri, I heard lots of cicadas - very loud. We don't have them in Oregon. I loved hearing all then ice song birds. Here, the only birds that make noise are mourning doves. They make a monotonous sound. And jays which just squawk. Not too pretty to listen to.

Mon Aug 07, 04:38:00 AM  
Blogger Tracy said...

oops! that was supposed to be the nice song birds. not ice song birds... :o)

Mon Aug 07, 06:15:00 AM  
Blogger Priscilla said...

I love hearing the "peace and quiet" of the country. Birds singing and maybe a brook....and even the occasional tractor going down the road doesn't bother me too much.

Martha, I'm coming out to your house! (I know you are lurking somewhere!)

Mon Aug 07, 08:41:00 AM  
Blogger Nixter said...

I love rain on a tin roof too Kymmy. In the granny flat I used to hear that.

Miss you Kymmy

Mon Aug 07, 09:08:00 AM  
Blogger Bron said...

I had a friend whose cousin was over from scotland and we went camping. She didn't want to come for a walk or something, so we left her in the tent. When we got back we found her really freaked out because we'd left her alone and there were "moonkeys ootside" - of course, it was just kookaburras!

Mon Aug 07, 09:57:00 AM  
Blogger Nixter said...

Hooray I am not the only stranger in this land thinking Kookaburra's were monkeys - Yippee... Thanks for that Bron ;)

Mon Aug 07, 10:21:00 AM  
Blogger Tracy said...

If I come to Aus, and I hear a monkey, I will remember to ask "where is the kookaburra?" so as not to embarrass myself. Thanks for the warning. :o)

Mon Aug 07, 02:54:00 PM  
Blogger Nixter said...

LOL Tracy, when you DO come out - I am glad I could help you out.. I just now have to live with this for the REST of my life. Ruth has an even funnier story too, maybe I will blog about that later ;)

Mon Aug 07, 03:56:00 PM  

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