2.30 am. I was rudely awakened by the sound of a dog barking madly in the distance. I looked at the clock and I wondered what crazy routine this mad dog's owners had to let it out into the garden at such a time?
3 am. I was drifting slowly as the barking session faded away but my eyes shot open as a cat started screeching loudly just outside the window. I knew what that was about without thinking... A pleasure-pain thing going on… Meoooww!
4 am. My restlessness statically charged up the silky, polyester pillowcase and duvet and it crackled and clung tightly to night clothes made of the same fabric. I turned the duvet over onto the cold side and clung onto my pillow in an attempt to go to sleep but the duvet was the only thing drifting off as it slipped slowly onto the floor.
5 am. Totally wide-awake, my ears were sensitive to every sound. I detected first the ‘fridge and then the freezer clicking on and buzzing noisily and then off again in the kitchen and then an erratic drip-dripping of a faulty bathtap. A neighbour’s heating boiler kicked into life and vibrated through the wall ‘Hummm…click…dadada… adding to the already irritating orchestra of running water and electrical appliances.
5.30. A groan of frustration as more of the same dog, barking wildly, was let loose again. I can only imagine by the racket that the animal makes, that it must chase its own tail or barks replies to its own echoes.
Whatever the reason, it is driving me nuts and one day I am going to get up and find out exactly where this mutt lives and strangle the living daylight out of the owner(s)!
Earplugs tonight me thinks!