Ever since I've been switched on back in April, I've been hearing clicking noises around my house. I'd be sitting on the sofa in the quiet, and the click would start. No rhythm just a click. Some clicks were louder than others. Some like a stone being thrown at the window. I have mentioned this in passing on more than one occasion to my student, but she couldn't hear them. So I decided that it was completely in my imagination. Going mad. I decided not to discuss the clicking noises I had been hearing with anyone anymore, for fear of being committed to the asylum!
This clicking I have never heard before in my life. I've had the odd stone thrown at my window to get my attention (another long story which I won't go into here), but nothing like what I've been hearing day in, day out for the last 2 months. I've been successfully ignoring it... until this morning, sitting at my dining table having a coffee in the sun with a friend, I heard the click again.
'Did you hear that'? I asked
'What?' said Les (Oh geeze - it is in my imagination!)
'I've been hearing clicking noises ever since I've been switched on and I've not been able to tell what it is' (He's now going to think I'm even more nuttier than before!)
'That - I said - did you hear that???'
'Yes - I heard that' he said with a smile.
Fortunately for me, Les decided to tell me what it was - he could have spun such a tale and I would have believed anything he said at that stage. He's been known to do this on occasion, as he knows I'm the most gullible person on earth.
'It's the glass expanding in the window frames' he said.
'Really? - Is this normal? - Does it happen in all houses?'
He went on to explain that not only it was normal, but every house has it, and wooden houses are every more noisier than this as not only does the glass expand and contract, but the wood does too.
'Did you hear that one?' he asked
'Did you notice any difference?'
'I did - it was duller'
He went onto say that it wasn't the glass in the alumninium frame expanding that time, but the wood around the aluminium frame expanding.
I'm amazed. At 21yo (give or take a couple of years) - I'm learning something new - I didn't think houses clicked. I had no idea. I knew old wood floorboards creaked, but that was it. And not only do they click when they expand in the mornings, but also when they contract in the evenings.
Wow - my house talks!!
Listening to the house contracting now and wondering if I can make the house expand with clickss so I can add another room onto it! A self expanding house - might increase in value :)