Thursday, 23 July 2009

Beside the seaside...

Is everywhere in the UK now officially seaside? Or have the seagulls suddenly evolved into landgulls? They've always been partial to following the plough, I know. But years ago their constant squawking call was something you had to, well, go to the seaside to hear. My grandparents, to be precise, in Scarborough. And now, my parents. But not me. I don't live near the sea. I'd like to. We've a river and it's tidal. But I'm getting all the sound-effects without the scenery, and it's annoying me - especially at three o'clock in the morning.

Perhaps gulls are just ahead of the game. Maybe they're getting used to their new home. After all, if this comes true then we we'll all, wherever we live, be near the sea...


21 comments:

Rog said...

I appear to be underwater.

Have you seen this correspondence?

Kevin Musgrove said...

that'll explain why Nottingham's just spent so much on a summer holiday seaside experience

Valerie said...

West Midlands-on-Sea has a certain ring to it. Gulls are here in abundance, not only in the parks where the lakes are but over the quiet residential where I live. Admittedly the lakes are close by but even so....
It must be true, there's a 'beach' in Birmingham City Centre. I didn't bother going, we didn't want another holiday lol

rodwhiting said...

Glug glug...Lincolnshire....glug!

The Dotterel said...

We all do, Rog!

A visionary city, obviously Kevin.

They're everywhere Valerie. And making a thorough nuisance of themselves, too.

Bluuurb, gluuurble, blub (Rod)!

Hadriana's Treasures said...

The Dotterel, I'd love to comment more on your blog but every time my computer comes anywhere near ...it crashes...espec. on Bringing up Charlie. Sorry about that...hopefully I'll get it (the laptop) soon. :)


P.S. Send a seagull over to pick the bits of rubbish out of it.

Hadriana's Treasures said...

My computer that is.

The wife of bold said...

I hope not as i can't stand the freezing sea breeze brrrrr....you've been tagged over at mine :)

Ladybird World Mother said...

Beats bloomin' jackdaws. Keep eating all the chicken food. Scary picture.... glug.

Zip n Tizzy said...

It's island time!

JennyMac said...

This merits a cocktail, does it not? and I find seagulls ill.

Tracey said...

When i'm home, i hear the gulls from the River Humber. When i'm at my other half's place all i hear is the Metro whizzing past, unless we drive to the coast then its gulls a squalking!!

I noticed your blog elsewhere and thought i'd pop by.. As a kid we always stopped off for lunch at a pub called The Dotterel, near Scarborough.. happy times x

Eternally Distracted said...

Seagulls are not a sound I would cherish at 3am ... However, I live on a flight path so it may be a welcome change!

The Dotterel said...

Are you sure it's your computer and not Bill Gates's software, Hadriana? I've been having a similar problem since downloading some new version of Internet Explorer. It got so bad I've switched to Safari instead. It's done the trick!

But as it's a result of global warming, WofB, won't that mean it'll all be as warm as the med? Hope so - there has to be some benefit!

At least Jackdaws go to sleep at night, don't they? Whatever time I'm up (and I've been up a lot at night just lately!) I can hear the bloody seagulls...

Or 'many islands time' Serena!

I'll have a dry martini, JennyMac!

I know it well, Tracey. My parents live a few miles down the coast. In fact, with a new road now at Reighton they've even made a brand-new 'Dotterel' roundabout!

Hmmm, you know - it I export my sea-gulls to your flight-path we might solve both our problems, ED!

gaelikaa said...

I think they are heralding things to come all right because as they say, the times they are a-changing!

Around My Kitchen Table said...

I work nearish to the sea and the cry of the gulls punctuates my day. I quite like it, makes me feel a bit sea-faring!

English Rider said...

Gulls proliferate wherever there is easy food. The chuck-it-out society has turned them into flying rats. Love your sunken image. If you really want to fan the flames of nightmares, we are not too far south of Bodega Bay, where good old Mr. Hitchcock filmed The Birds.

Hadriana's Treasures said...

Hi The Dotterel, Sorry to keep leaving comments here but I've managed to read all your latest posts on "Bringing up Charlie" and now I can't find the comment box and half your blog/widgets etc. seem to be missing.

My laptop isn't the greatest (I am the first to admit that) but is it OK if we correspond here? On a bit of high, dry ground? I am overjoyed to see that our two houses are still standing according to your map. I'll glug to that with some marvellous red wine - say Bardolino?

Ladybird World Mother said...

Hi The D... just to say every time I go on Bringing Up Charlie blog it crashes on me!! So am not being unfriendly... keep having a go every time you post... but it keeps on doing it. Grrrr.

O said...

So true! I hear them at work in the middle of london!

Jennie said...

I've been thinking of investing in a houseboat. Should probably do it before the prices that goes into inflation.