What a lovely topic, because it gives me the opportunity to vent my wrath. Not about birds and the early morning chorus – no problem at all with them. Human generated noises!
The most annoying sound for me was a neighbour who kept his moped in a barn opposite my house. The barn door was exactly opposite my bedroom window. A distance of about 8 metres.
He had started an early morning shift to supplement his farming income. He left for work at 3.30am every morning and would then begin his regular routine of kickstarting his moped. It never started first time because he never maintained his moped – waste of money according to him. His sister told me he’d ruined several engine driven lawnmowers (and a tractor!) by not maintaining them.
Over time I started waking up counting the number of kickstarts before the moped would start! So, I had a word with him and suggested he walk his moped to the tarmac road just 20 metres further along the stone chemin where he could start pumping away at will. He did so, but then I heard from another neighbour who lived on the corner of the tarmac road who told me he’d started waking up counting the number of kick-starts every morning!
I think around 100 kick-starts was the record.
But having become sensitized I could still hear the kickstarting 20 metres away and thought about the other poor neighbour counting! Hey ho!
And would you believe it! One day this kick-starting neighbour knocked on my door at 9.00am and asked If I could give him a lift into town to the moped shop. I asked when, he said now. I asked why. He had kickstarted his moped to death - the kickstart pedal to be precise. He had broken it and needed a replacement.
Being a model neighbour, I obliged but have now forgotten how it all ended, but it ended one way or another, thank goodness.