A Tire Swing Story is a bite-sized "imagining" inspired by an object I discover while wandering. It could be a curbside trash gem or a message sprayed on a wall. A lost mitten, or an antique store find. Anything goes. I photograph the object and post them together, the story and its inspiration. There will be a new story every Monday and Wednesday. On Fridays, I'll discuss writing, life, love, and coffee. (In no particular order and maybe all at once.)

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Casual Wednesdays: A gang of turkeys

Hi guys. It's Britt. This week I'm doing "Casual Wednesdays," because I'm camped out at my sister's house waiting for her baby to arrive and I can't think of anything else, much less write a story. 

Aly's due date was yesterday, and although due dates are something of an approximation, we were pretty sure this little one was going to make an appearance.

No dice. Not even a little cramp, much less a contraction.

Although the waiting game is frustrating, we are having fun just being together as a family. So, in honor of families, I've decided to leave you with a list of some of my favorite collective nouns for groupings of animals. 

A battery of barracudas
A shrewdness of apes
A sleuth of bears 
A murder of crows
A wake of buzzards 
A flight of butterflies 
A poverty of pipers 
A bed of clams 
A rabble of gnats 
A quiver of cobras
A bevy of swans 
A weyr of dragons
A business of ferrets
A gaggle of geese 
A bloat of hippopotami
A stand of flamingos
A smack of jellyfish
A muster of peacocks
A knot of toads 
A mess of iguanas
A sneak of weasles
A gang of turkeys

Have a goofy day, story-makers. See you back here on Friday. 


  1. What a great list! May I add a parliament of owls.

  2. Yay! That's wonderful. A parliament of owls. Love it!

  3. How about a LABOR of moles? It seemed only fitting.... I am waiting on pins and needles as well. Cannot wait to hear the grand announcement!! Love to you all. especially Aly and John xxoo

  4. My favourite (obviously): a stench of schnauzers!

  5. A Harem of Elk- 20 or so females all "belonging" to one male! (Ah!)

    A Business of Ferrets is pretty funny! Sounds like the title of a collection of zoology papers. "... And on the business of ferrets..." Ha ha love it!

    Melissa H