Monday, 9 December 2013

Christmas Postcard

Do you remember the postcard I sent you on 11th July 2009? In case it has slipped your memory here is a reminder:-


This fine fellow posed for me in St Ives, Cornwall, in 2009. I usually go to St Ives at least once a year and every year I have tried to return to the exact same spot to photograph the exact same seagull. I missed him in 2010, but here he is in 2011:-


And again in 2012:-


I did visit this exact same spot in 2013... but alas, Mr Seagull was nowhere to be seen... I was distraught, close to despair. To console myself I wandered into this shop and bought some fine wine to wash away my sorrows:-


Anyhow, I will try to locate Mr Seagull in 2014. So that I can send another postcard. I am sure he is fine... simply away somewhere feasting on chips and ketchup.


Meanwhile, this might be my last post before Christmas as I am packing up my house in preparation for moving on Thursday 19th December... because of this I am not yet really in the Christmas mood and haven't yet bought any Christmas cards... hence the genius idea of bunging up some old postcards.

Well, I am off then... closer to Cornwall... closer to Mr Seagull... see you on the other side of my move....

Oh! Before I go, Mr Beastie is also moving and packing up his house, but we are not moving in together.... no, seriously, WE ARE NOT moving in together. That would be silly. But it has been nice to have a moving buddy to chat with regarding all the highs and lows of the moving experience.

And lastly, my 2008 Visitors' Book is now complete. It contains a list of everyone who visited the Scarlet Blue archive blog in 2008 and their first ever comment. I will be starting on 2009 in the New Year.

Happy Christmas!!

Sxxxx

72 comments:

  1. Couldn't they think of better names for those wines? Some of it is downright unappetizing.

    A very Happy Christmas to you! Move and move and move and move. You have a Bedouin existence. Surely you'll settle sometime soon?

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  2. It's always nice to receive word from an old bird at Christmas time. How very thoughtful of you to recycle your crap when it comes to your friends. I have some old car tyres I will gladly send you by way of return.

    I wish you well with the move, I know how difficult it can be graduating from a small static caravan, with its shower amenities so close to hand. I'm sure you will eventually grow out of the habit of pooping into a bucket, of which is tucked so discreetly away in a cupboard. I hardly noticed the smell by my third or fourth visit, honest.

    Should you require any help in regard to packing, I believe I have some spare carrier bags in a box in the garage. Do shout, I'll have them couriered over to the new council high-rise for you, toot sweet!

    Happy travels sweetpea.

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  3. Mr Pain: I think the wines reflect the Cornish sense of humour.
    Happy Christmas, M'dear!

    Mr Flies: Well you managed to heave yourself out of that skip in Drumchapel, so I'm sure I will be fine.
    Waitrose carrier bags only, if you'd be so kind?

    Sx

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  4. I've probably photographed a seagull before but certainly not a regular basis. They are just a level above pigeon in my mind. Oh, I think pigeons are flying rats.
    Enjoyed reading the labels how's the wine taste?

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  5. Bill : I hear what your saying about seagulls, but I can't help but admire a creature that manages to eat all of my dinner before I've even unwrapped it.
    Sx

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  6. How rude... especially as you know just how sensitive my feelings are to criticism.

    No Waitrose bags, will M&S suffice?

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  7. Did you ever find a decent stick of rock?

    PS: Best wishes on the move!

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  8. all the best re: the house move, sugar! i think we'll have to leave this earth from this house and the coconut krewe will have to deal with whatever we've hoarded BECAUSE i hate moving and do not want to do it ever again! (we've already moved 17 times during the course of our marriage!) xoxoxoxo

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  9. Wishing you a much smoother move than the last one, Scarlet! And may you be unpacked enough to find a glass and a bottle of wine to toast the world a Happy Christmas.

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  10. What a faithful seagull! Year after year and the bird is always there waiting for you (that's more than some men would do).
    Have a happy removal, Scarlet. I'll raise my Baileys cup towards Burdishland to wish you Happy Christmas and another date with Mr Seagull in 2014!

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  11. Aww sweetie, I'm already missing you! Take your time to unpack, tidy up your calligraphy stuff and come back to Blogland fresh and lovely as you are. We'll be waiting. Happy Christmas to you too!

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  12. He's a handsome - rather arrogant - seagull, isn't he?
    Hope you have a trouble free move but stay off the wine. Yeuk!
    I'm waiting to see a Zentangle from you - I know it will be most interesting! Axxx

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  13. Happy moving, Scarlet. Better luck this time, eh!

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  14. Ah yes, Shite, the Hangover Speciall - I know this stuff, really.

    Thank you for the pictures, I'm sure when you move closer to Mr. Seagull he'll show up again in no time, maybe bringing company.

    It's a moving experience, dear Scarlet, and I wish you all the best. Thursday in a week, a tempo ... Take care. Hopefully there's no Orkan lurking or something *wringing hands*

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  15. Ah, St Ives. Used to be a regular haunt of mine till No.1 son came to live with me and the ex convinced No.2 son I was the devil incarnate.

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  16. Good luck with the move. A fabulous excuse to have a simplified Christmas.

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  17. Your affair with Mr Gull reminds me of that Movie Miss Scarlet...

    "Same Time Next Year" Starring Alan Alder and I've forgotten her name... Not to worry...
    I'm wishing you the very best with the move and I hope that it lasts a little longer than a week after your last "Keystone Cops" moving escapade...
    Have you done a check list?
    Key to the power box?
    No Leaking Bits?

    I truly hope that it all goes swimingly (and by that i don't mean flooding rains) and you are all settled and snuggled by christmas...


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  18. Mr Flies: Erm... if you'd also fill the M&S bags with Christmas goodies, then I would be most obliged... and possibly willing.

    Mr Lax: No, I never did buy a stick of rock... but I did get through a pound of creamy Cornish fudge this year. I like fudge.

    Savvy: I am praying that this is my last ever move... I just can't do it again. It is knackering. This is my 10th... including the bungalow fiasco last year.

    Ponita: Thank you! Yes, the Champagne will be on ice as soon as I arrive!

    Leni: Thank you!! Mr Seagull is loyal! And I'm looking forward to seeing him next year.

    Ms Hipster: Thank you! I am so looking forward to unpacking and getting settled in. I have a whole dining room for my calligraphy and a lovely large window - plenty of light.

    Annie: I am looking forward to adventures with tangles and will be following you for inspiration!
    Happy Christmas!

    Sxx

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  19. Dinah: It can't be worse than last time, can it??? I suppose the Smeg could get dropped... that would be bad.

    Mr Mags: Hopefully it will be a mild breeze and no hurricane! Or snow... snow would also be bad because the lanes would be inaccessible.... it'll be fine.... not like it's December or anything...

    Mr Chairman: St Ives isn't quite like it used to be... not as undiscovered... but the restaurants are superb because the competition is fierce.
    You or not the Devil.

    Z: Thank you!! It is a good excuse isn't it?! Plus, I won't have an oven yet at the new place... so no cooking either!!

    Princess: Thank you!!!
    I love that film! And possibly I am under its influence.
    I have Googled, it was Alan Alda and Ellen Burstyn.

    Sxx

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  20. Mr Chairman: I meant to say: You are not the Devil.
    Hells, I may have caused all sorts of confusion with that typo.

    Sx

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  21. Your seagull was caught shoplifting!

    Old news item but I love it.

    I intend to go through your Visitors Book later. A quick peek for my name reveals that I was complaining, as usual, about my uterus and flinging it at Beast.

    Here's to a smooth move!

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  22. MJ: That must be my seagull... a crisp fanatic like myself.
    I am very pleased with my Visitors' Book. It is a real labour of love... it took ages, but I am determined to continue through 2009 to present day. Those old comments make me smile - it's worth all the linking and typing.

    Sxx

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  23. Christmas is stressful enough as it is without adding moving house into the equation. I hope it all goes well and if I don't get to see you again before Christmas I hope it's a good one!! Enjoy your pussy erm wine.

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  24. Perhaps Mr Seagull has flown off to that avian seaside town in the sky.

    Good luck with the move!

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  25. Are you sure he's the same seagull? They all look the same to me....

    Good luck with the move, mind you don't fall off the edge of the world...

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  26. Happy Christmas Ms Blue! Hope the move goes well...

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  27. All the best for a smooth move and a comfy spot for that Smeg xxx

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  28. Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for a Happy New Year!
    Bring you Good wishes of happiness.

    Sorry for greeting you earlier,, just don't want miss saying this.
    By the way, I'm clotee. I am blogger too, and now try my best luck to open an e-store. Nice to know you.

    Regards,
    Clotee

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  29. I could swear you once said Mr Beastie was coming downstairs so naturally I assumed you lived together.
    A bit churlish Scarlet to move even further away - and to Cornwall - of all places.

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  30. News just in... Scarlet will be delayed for a while longer yet due to unforeseen difficulties with the move. It would seem that the new(ish)caravan has developed a flat tyre and is currently marooned on a roundabout a few miles south-east of Gweal Creeg, where she has been forced to seek temporary employment.

    I do hope it doesn't involve cleaning...

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  32. Oh my gosh, there he is, did not know seagulls were such creatures of habit, or did you promise him a chip butty. Actually I would return to the same spot for just that promise...

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  33. Now I'm curious to know where Mr Seagull is!

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  34. I think it's that Thursday today.

    Is it really a house you are going to ? I mean it has (at least three) walls and a real roof ? And the neighbour's children are not throwing stones ? GOd, upscale ...

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  35. I have arrived. I have broadband. I have a very bad back.
    Sx

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  36. Happy Christmas. I wouldn't dare show up with any of those bottles but they are better than moving house.Happy Christmas anyway.

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  37. "I have a very bad back"

    ...the front is not looking too good either hen.

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  38. I will deal with you when I am sorted out, Mr Files.
    Sx

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  39. "I have arrived. I have broadband. I have a very bad back."

    You need to lie down and receive a gentle back rub. And warm towels.

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  40. Indeed I do, Mr Mags! I dragged that blessed static caravan half way across Dartmoor... and didn't break a thing... even my Bakelite collection is still in one piece.
    Sx

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  41. I took THIS PHOTO of him ontop of a statue in St Anne's in Novemeber,if thats any help?

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  42. Dartmoor !
    All these cheap German b/w flics of the Sixties that were based (loosely) on stories of Edgar Wallace or Conan Doyle featured something called Dartmoor !
    Usually strange people hunched their way through foggy non-descript "landscape" and always something or someone was nearly drowning in a moorish puddle that made gulping noises.
    Oh, and let's not forget the freshly escaped prisoner from the mental ward; usually Klaus Kinski, grinning.

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  43. Dartmoor?

    They sussed you in the end then?

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  44. We must discuss Bakelite together sometime.

    Merry Christmas, Miss Scarlet!

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  45. happy christmas to you too darling!

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  46. Very happy merry Christmas Scarlet!

    Leni & Yaya

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  47. Have a stress-free Thingymas Scarlet

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  48. Happy Christmas everybody!?!
    I think I'm pissed?
    Sxxxxx

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  49. I've been looking high and low for the comment box and it was here all along!

    Have a lovely Christmas!

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  50. Nollaig Shona Scarls! :¬)

    xxx

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  51. Nollaig shona Scarls. :¬)

    xxx

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  52. I may be repeating meself.... (hic!)

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  53. Wishing you a very Happy Christmas, Scarlet!

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  54. I suspect that gull might have a twin brother y'know.....
    Hope the new house is still standing / still above the waterline.....
    Merry Boxing Day!

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  55. Hello m'dear - this could be interesting for you.

    Moderation ? Oh.

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  56. Dear Scarlet and company,
    Thank you so much for your friendship and support over the years. I hope you are settling in nicely in your new home and things are going well. I wish you much happiness and much warmth and good cheer at your new home.


    Happy Holidays

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    o*o*-]o[-*o*o

    and Best Wishes for a Wonderful New Year full of Good Fortune, Good Friends, and Good Times!!!

    (--*)....(--*)
    _I_....._I_ Cheers!!!

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  57. I trust that you were settled in your new digs for christmas Miss Scarlet and I hope that 2014 is even better.... happy New Year!

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  58. Happy New Year, Miss Scarlet!

    Your fan,
    Mistress MJ

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  59. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
    Welcome, 2014!
    Sxxxx

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  60. Happy New Year!!!! Or maybe that should be Happy New Year's Day for any pedants lurking around.

    Doesn't 2014 feel better than 2013 already!!

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  61. Yes, but I wish it would stop raining!
    Sx

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  62. Happy thingy and whatsit (and relief that Macy's still around :))

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  63. Happy New Year Darling! I hope jou enjoy every single minute of it!

    XXX

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  64. Happy New Year Miss Scarlet!!!

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  65. I read earlier in the afternoon that there are some storms forecast, people should not go near the coast - possibly a bit difficult on an island - all I want to say is: Fix your trailer, please !

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  66. I am up high, Mr Mags! I am one of the lucky ones... I hope! The coast is 25 minutes away... and downhill... but it looks dreadful on the news. It started raining and howling a couple of hours ago.
    I am designing Christmas cards for next year, one has Santa clinging to the top half of a lamp post escaping the rising flood waters and another features Rudolf rowing across a flooded village with the chimney pots just above the water line..... Santa is in a red and white wet suit, shoving plastic wrapped presents down the pots.
    Oh.... and then there is the one with a robin wearing flippers.
    I think I will be quite successful with this range of cards.

    Sxxxxx

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  67. Good that you are high.

    The morning here was so nice with blue sky and sun over white frost, within one hour became windy, grey and raining. I think I'll follow the Mistress' advice.

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