Ornithology for beginners
Whilst awaiting the arrival of the appropriate omnibus, and endeavouring to make civil conversation with a small, elderly gentleman whose diction left something to be desired, Lady Bracknell's gaze was caught by a large, black bird perched in the upper branches of the tree which graced the small cemetery opposite.
Spring now being considerably advanced, the outline of the bird was somewhat obscured by new foliage. Nevertheless, its body approximated in size to that of a crow, although with a much longer tail. In fact, it resembled nothing so much as a peacock rendered in sooty black.
Fascinated by the prospect of a glimpse of a rare visitor to these shores, Lady Bracknell was on the verge of taking a few halting steps down the pavement in the hopes of thereby attaining a less obstructed view when she suddenly realised that the bird in question was, in fact, a bin bag.
Life is full of disappointments.