1. The snorting gurgle of the coffee pot coming to the boil.
2. Pheasants chasing each other round the garden. They lean right forward and hunch their wings in while making a terrifying cock-cock-cocking noise. It's strange to see them feeding with the little birds, and to think that to a sparrow, a pheasant must seem bigger than an elephant does to us.
3. Amaretto biscuits that taste strongly of bitter almonds.