August 15th, The Feast of the Assumption is a holiday in France. At 9.00 p.m. on Saturday last we heard the beginning of boom, boom, boom, rat-ta-tatt boom, screech, screech, riff, riff, boom da da boom dada boom. Aynac is just a little place, you know? We could hear people faintly cheering and a loud-speaker saying something -- but mostly it was boom, boom, screech, riff, boom da da boom, etc. exquisitely clear through our bedroom window, hour after hour through the night.
Through the next day ...
Until 4.00 Monday morning. I guess they decided to give the Holy Mother a break on her day!
Sunday it was raining or drizzling most of the day. The Man and I decided to try to find out where the noise (music to some, I grant you) was coming from. It sounded like it was nearby. We drove into the village, it seemed to be coming from that direction. But once in the village, we heard nothing! We took this road and that -- sound is very mysterious, you know?
We were able to narrow the sound down to a certain vicinity. We realized it was up not far from the Mayor's house -- but from there we could hear not a note, not a rumble, not a drum beat ... Hills and valleys do weird things to sound ... We expected to see lots of cars or something to indicate that something was going on -- that somewhere in our vicinity there was a 'happening'. We had our trusty topographical map with all the back roads and secret paths marked out and after a long period of trawling the area managed to find almost where it was! Close enough to hear the music that accompanied the drum, drum, drum. To our amazement it was 60's rock music -- which was quite acceptible to our ears -- we had been sure some kind of heavy metal rave was going on.
Really, though, it's astounding that this kind of thing can go on for so many hours non-stop. But then again, it is also amazing that sound has such a mind of its own. Our house is placed in just the best place to pick up the lower registers of sound -- but not the higher ones -- the ones with the melody! I expect Beethoven's 5th would be just another cacophony of noise -- absolutely impossible to fathom.
One good thing -- got to see some gorgeous countryside I'd not seen before -- really stunning.