On Saturday I travelled by public transport to the writers’ group I joined last year. The outward train was crowded due to a large number of events in the towns and villages en route and at the destination. Apart from exchanging a few remarks with other passengers, I spent the journey looking out of the window and making exhaustive notes of the interesting things I saw.
I made a few notes on a similar journey in March. Spring was late this year. My notes this time were eight times as long. Admittedly I am counting the journey in both directions. In March I only made notes on the outward journey of things, which caught my attention from another crowded train. As far as I remember I did puzzles on the way back. The clocks changed to British Summer Time that night.
So to the lists:-
Sheep and lambs
Geese in a field
Kestrel on a post
Pheasant in a field
Nettles in flower
3 donkeys in a field
Dog and owner (wrapped up against the wind)
Friesian cows (black and white)
Red, white and black cattle (single colours)
Cows and calves
Red and white cows
One cormorant flying, one fishing and a colony on rocks exposed by the tide (which was fairly high)
Rooks and crows
The smaller plants, birds and animals escaped my notice. Even so I saw more than I’d have seen from a car.
If you enjoy reading lists there are lots of possibilities. Apart from dictionaries, thesauruses, and telephone directories (now known as phone books), I am aware of two books made up entirely of lists. One is Hunter Davies’ Lists and the other is Schott’s Original Miscellany by Ben Schott.