I tried the sound diary idea out at home in different locations. The one below was written one morning in my bedroom with the window open. This early entry begins with a focus on seeing and moves into listening. To begin with, I seem to have been distracted by the view across the park.
Opposite my window the ash tree leaves appear dark green in the shade this morning. There is a dot of lime green to the bottom left (as I look at it) branch where the sunlight catches a bunch of leaves. The foliage looks patchy around the central and upper parts of this ash tree. (We had only one very slight frost during the whole autumn / winter stretch.) An occasional car, each making various engine sounds, accelerates with a harsh increase of sounds having past the speed bump outside. The sound of traffic across the park reaches here, interrupting that comes an intermittent low scraping of metal on tarmac -- a rumble from further away (the Boundary Rd / Kirkland St junction). Now something striking metal -- one of the rugby goalposts in the park -- a single impact? From this distance and without looking, I can distinguish a heavier vehicle, a lorry or truck, from a car, moving along the road across the park. Nearby mechanical judder of some machine, not a car, perhaps trying to get into motion. A bird sound -- seems quite modest -- caw of magpie. Rumble of some heavy object -- the metal bins being moved over tarmac at the nursery along the block? Bleeping of reverse warning on a vehicle -- perhaps the bin wagon (Friday is bin day up the street). Just caught the sound of leaves rustling at the top of the ash tree before that is drowned out by a car roaring along the road. Footsteps, more footsteps, a child and a woman’s voice. Sound of an object being moved, dropped which causes a dove to fly out of the tree next to the ash -- I can hear the flap of its wings. A sea gull call.
Seagull call (beware strange animation!)