Jack and Salty visit Topsy Turvy Bay, where everything is upside down, down-side up and totally topsy turvy!
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And good day to you!
# This is the place to be
# For Salty Dog and me
# Down by the harbour We'll be there
# Round every corner there's something to share
# Give us a cheer Our friends are here
# Just Salty Dog and me. #
Ha-ha! Come on, Salty!
# This is the place to meet
# Down at the end of the street
# Seagulls flying up in the blue
# There's always a cup of tea waiting for you
# Out in the sun, having some fun
# Just Salty Dog and me
# Haul away, haul away Sing the song of the sea
# Hoist the sail I'll tell you a tale
# Of Salty Dog and me
# This is the place to go
# And these are the people we know
# The village is busy with things to see
# And there's the Rainbow down by the quay
# There's stories to tell Join us as well
-# Just Salty Dog and me. #
-MOBILE PHONE RINGS
Emily! Where are you?
I'm down here, Jack, trying to pick up these sweets.
Oh! What happened?
It's the sweet jars,
-they keep jumping off the shelves.
Some very topsy-turvy things have been happening here today.
You know why, don't you, Emily?
-It's the seagulls!
I'm afraid your little friends are coming in through that skylight.
They love perching on my sweet jars,
but they make my shop ever so topsy-turvy.
Yeah, come on, Salty, we'll show them.
Go on! Go on! Emily doesn't want you
messing up the place!
Whoo! Whoo! Hah!
Those cheeky gulls have quite turned my shop upside down and roundabout.
Oh, I nearly forgot, have you got any humbugs?
Of course! Oh, they're here somewhere.
-I'll have to have a bit of a clear-up before I can find them.
I'll pick them up later. I've got to fix a cupboard door
on the Rainbow. Yeah... See you later. Yeah, bye-bye.
Yeah, and look out for those seagulls!
There she is, the Rainbow!
Well, what have you got for us today, my dear?
Heh-heh! Come on, Salty.
Here we are.
Ah, now, what was I going to do?
Yes, I know, the cupboard door,
wasn't it? Cupboard doors...
All that topsy-turvyness in Emily's sweetshop
reminds me of another place where things were very topsy-turvy.
Do you remember, Salty?
Let me get comfortable
and I'll tell you the story.
This will make your ears wiggle, this will.
Once upon a twinkly time, the Rainbow set off from Staithes,
waved goodbye to Whitby and disappeared over the horizon.
It was the sort of windy day that made Salty's ears flap,
and she likes that.
So, with a joyful howl, she rang the ship's bell.
# Just Salty Dog and me
# Upon the briny sea
# A bell to ring and a song to sing
# I wonder what the day will bring?
# Because we'll be ready for anything
# Just Salty Dog and me. #
And then, all of a sudden, we heard a teriffic splash.
"Now, there's only one creature
"heavy enough to splash like that," I said to Salty.
And there was our good friend Bluey the whale thrashing his tail.
"I'm trying to fly," said Bluey.
I've always fancied flying."
"And I've always fancied swimming," said another voice.
"Least of my worries today, though."
It was Brenda, the stork. She was sitting on the Rainbow's funnel.
"What's up, Brenda?" I called up to her.
"I need to make some deliveries to Topsy Turvy Bay," she said,
"but I don't know the way."
"We'll take you!" I said.
I picked up the map and turned it upside down and topsy-turvy.
"You've turned it the wrong way," said Brenda.
"Yes," I explained,
"because in Topsy Turvy Bay, everything is the wrong way round.
"It's all upsidey-down and downsidey-up
"and down-rightly topsy-turvy."
So, we chugged away, around and about
to the topsiest-turviest bay in the world.
"You said you wanted to swim," I said to Brenda, as we arrived,
"and now is your chance!"
Because, you see, in Topsy Turvy Bay,
birds don't fly in the air,
they swim in the sea.
It's the fish that fly.
"Look!" woofed Salty, as a squid flew right past the Rainbow's mast,
his tentacles flapping like ribbons in the wind.
"Everything's topsy-turvy here!" Brenda squawked.
"Oh! A flying cuckoo clock!"
And she rubbed her eyes to make sure she wasn't seeing things.
"Cuckoo! Cuckoo! Enjoy your stay!" chimed the flying clock.
"Welcome to Topsy Turvy Bay!
"But don't stay more than a jiffy or two
"or you'll be topsy-turvy too!"
"Yes, you have to be careful," I said to Brenda.
"We can't stay long or we'll never be able to leave."
But Brenda wasn't listening.
She was looking down at the ocean,
where birds were swimming in the water.
And before you could say 'flapping feathers', she was off to join them.
So, we dropped anchor.
But instead of falling downwards to the seabed,
our anchor shot upwards into the air and lodged in a cloud above.
It was stuck fast.
"What happens if that cloud floats away?" I said to Salty.
"This does," woofed Salty,
as the Rainbow started to lift out of the water.
"We can't stay up here!" I shouted.
"We have to get down before time runs out
"or we'll never be able to leave Topsy Turvy Bay!"
And then we heard a familiar sound.
It was Bluey, and you'll never believe what he was doing.
He was flying in the sky!
He'd followed us to Topsy Turvy Bay.
"I'm flying!" he shouted.
"Yes, and so are we," I said.
"Our anchor is stuck in that cloud and we need to get it down quickly
"or we'll never get home."
Salty looked at the cuckoo clock again.
"Time is running out," it said.
"You've got to get away
"or here, in Topsy Turvy Bay, you'll all have to stay."
And then Salty rang the bell loudly to call Brenda.
"Brenda, we need to go!" I shouted to her.
But Brenda couldn't hear me.
She was busy under the water, having a lovely time swimming.
"We need to get the Rainbow down fast," I said.
Then Salty's whiskers started whiffling.
She was having one of her bright ideas.
She barked to Bluey and told him to land on the cloud.
"Why?" said Bluey.
Suddenly, I realised what Salty was thinking.
"Because you are heavy, you'll float the cloud down out of the sky
"and that means the Rainbow will get down too," I called. "Quick!"
So we watched as Bluey jumped softly onto the cloud.
The cloud started to lower gently down, down towards the water,
and so did the anchor, and so did the Rainbow.
It was working.
"Wee!" called Bluey, as the cloud and the Rainbow gently floated down
and landed on the water,
where Brenda was splashing about happily.
"Get on the cloud, Brenda," Bluey called,
"or you'll be stuck in Topsy Turvy Bay forever."
So, faster than a flying fish,
Brenda launched herself out of the water and onto the cloud.
"Release the anchor!" I called to her.
And with a peck and a pinch of her beak,
she managed to unstick the stuck anchor.
Then Bluey flew off the cloud
and it floated back into the sky with Brenda on board.
"You won't be able to fly
"until we're out of the bay, Brenda!" I shouted.
"There's no time to lose!"
And we headed full pelt out of the bay with Bluey flying above,
nudging Brenda and the cloud along with his nose.
And just as the cuckoo clock chimed, "Time's up, time's up!"
we all made it out of the bay and back into normal waters.
"I can fly again," said Brenda, as she gently flew off the cloud.
"And I can't," said Bluey,
falling back into the sea with a huge splash.
"Thank you!" called Brenda, as she flapped her way into the distance.
"I'm off to tell everyone I've flown for the day,"
said Bluey, as he swam home.
"Well, Salty," I said,
"I think we've had enough excitement to send us both topsy-turvy!
"How about we go home and have a nice cup of tea?"
So, Salty settled down on the deck
as I turned the map the right way round
and set our course for Staithes and home.
It's all very well, but you wouldn't want to be topsy-turvy
all the time, would you? Bye-Bye.
Did you like that story, Salty?
All true, of course.
Mind you, my stories always are!
Come on, girl.
Hey-hey, Emily! Still keeping a lookout for those seagulls?
Oh, yes, Jack! The trouble is, I've been sitting here for so long,
I haven't had time to serve in the shop.
No, and I suppose if you move from here,
them cheeky seagulls will come back and perch on your jars again.
-Yes. I don't know what I'm going to do.
Do you know, that might just work, Salty!
What's that, Jack?
Here, just take these outside. What a good idea!
-OK, I'll try anything once.
Come on, Emily.
There they are.
-Ho-ho! Come on!
Ha-ha! Well done, Salty!
It worked, didn't it? Yeah! Those seagulls won't want to
come in here any more. They've their own jars outside to perch on!
Oh, that's brilliant, Jack! Thank you so much.
And thank you, Salty!
Well, Salty, that's it for the day.
We'll see all our friends again next time.
Oh, and we'll see you next time, as well! Bye-bye!
Come on, girl!