Shipshape Old Jack's Boat


Shipshape

Children's series. Jack and Salty help an old gardener fish discover why his garden has become so noisy.


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HE LAUGHS

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And good day to you.

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# This is the place to be for Salty Dog and me

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# Down by the harbour, we'll be there

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# Round every corner there's something to share

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# Give us a cheer, our friends are here, just Salty Dog and me... #

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-HE LAUGHS

-Come on, Salty.

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# This is the place to meet, down at the end of the street

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# Seagulls flying up in the blue

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# There's always a cup of tea waiting for you

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# Out in the fun, having some fun, just Salty Dog and me

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# Haul away, haul away

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# Sing the song of the sea

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# Hoist the sail, I'll tell you a tale of Salty Dog and me

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# This is the place to go, and these are the people we know

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# The village is busy with things to see

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# And there's the Rainbow down by the quay

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# There's stories to tell, just join us as well

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# Just Salty Dog and me. #

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PHONE RINGS

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You know, Salty, this feels like a Mermaid Cafe sort of a day,

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doesn't it? Come on.

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BELL RINGS Coming through. Busy-busy!

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Here, I wonder what Miss Bowline-Hitch is up to.

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Come on, we'll go and find out.

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Thanks for the plants, Miss Bowline-Hitch.

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They look lovely there.

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-Make things look ship-shape.

-They do, don't they?

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I'll just leave this last one here...

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then I'll be on my way. Busy-busy.

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-Busy-busy.

-Bye-bye.

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Greetings, Captain. How's my lovely Shelly.

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Oh, I got a postcard from her today.

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-She sends her love.

-Oh, thank you.

-Do you like these plants?

-Yeah.

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Miss Bowline-Hitch grew them.

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-Oh. Well, she's done a good job there, hasn't she?

-Yes, she has.

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Do you like them, Salty?

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These are hebe.

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They're chrysanthemums. That little chap, there, that's a heather.

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Hmm. But I have no idea what that one is.

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No. It doesn't look like much, does it?

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No, it doesn't. But I'm sure we'll find out soon enough.

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Why don't I fire up the boiler and get tea brewed?

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Oh, good idea. Listen, anything to eat on the menu?

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Ah. Operation menu still at the planning stage.

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-Oh, I see.

-I'll let you know.

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Well, I'll just make myself comfortable then, shall I?

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-HE LAUGHS

-Thank you.

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BIRD CROWS

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DOG BARKS

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No, no! Salty!

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Salty...

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-Oh...

-Here you are, Jack.

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-Ah...

-Oh...

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I'm sorry, Captain. It's us causing chaos again.

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-HE SIGHS

-I can stand them up easily enough.

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I don't know why I let you two into my cafe!

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It always seems to be that we make a bit of a mess.

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-HE WHISTLES

-Salty! Yes, Salty. Good girl.

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We'll see you later. Come on, Salty.

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-Sorry, Captain. Sorry.

-HE SIGHS

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There.

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Got to keep things ship-shape.

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There she is, the Rainbow.

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But what have you got for us today, my dear?

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HORN BLOWS

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HE LAUGHS

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Come on, Salty.

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HE SINGS TO HIMSELF

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Here we are.

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HE LAUGHS

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There you go, girl. You settle yourself down there.

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Do you know? I don't think you'd made a very good gardener, Salty.

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Oh.

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Speaking of gardeners, do you remember that time

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we helped out our old friend the Gardener Fish?

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Now, he was a character.

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Let me get myself comfortable and I'll tell you the story.

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This is going to make your tail wag all right, Salty.

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Once upon a twinkly time, the Rainbow set off from Staithes,

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waved goodbye to Whitby, and disappeared over the horizon.

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# Just Salty Dog and me upon the briny sea

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# It was one of those wonderful golden days

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# For sailing away on the rolling waves

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# The seagulls are soaring and we're off exploring

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# Just Salty Dog and me. #

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-Good girl.

-HE LAUGHS

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I got up to stretch my legs when - thud, thud, thud, thud -

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we heard a thudding, hammering sound coming from under the sea.

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I looked at Salty and Salty looked at me,

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and before you could say "galloping sea horses",

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we were under the waves to find out what it was.

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Down below, the sunlight was shimmering on a sea garden

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overgrown with wild and unusual plants.

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"This is the Gardener Fish's garden, Salty." I said.

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And then - boom, thud, thud, thud, thud, thud -

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the noise was coming from behind a wall at the edge of the garden.

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And suddenly, the Gardener Fish appeared.

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"Hello," I said. "We've come to see what all the noise is about."

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"Isn't it dreadful?" said the Gardener Fish.

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"And on such an important day!"

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"Why is today important?" I asked.

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"Well, every year, I grow sea plums for the sea king."

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said the Gardener Fish, pointing at some knobbly, bobbly fruit.

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"They're the sea king's favourite," he explained.

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"And he's coming to collect them today,

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"and to make matters worse, I can't

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"find my gardening tools anywhere!" he wailed.

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Well, the noise got louder and louder and thud, thud, boom, boom.

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"Listen, let's find out what's going on." I said.

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And we went over to the wall and we peeked over the top.

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And what did we see? But a big shark hammering planks of wood.

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Boom, boom, boom.

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"What is going on?" said the Gardener Fish, crossly.

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"Sorry," said the shark.

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"I can't tell you. It's a royal secret."

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"Well!" said the Gardener Fish.

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"Come on, I've got to tidy up my garden before the sea king arrives!"

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"Salty and I can help." I said.

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"Thank you." said the Gardener Fish.

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"First, we need to trim the wild and tangly seaweed,

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"but I can't find my seaweed trimmers!"

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Just then, I spotted George the sawfish

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swimming by with his lovely long nose and sharp teeth.

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I had a useful thought.

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"George, would you please trim this tangly seaweed

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"with your lovely long nose and sharp teeth?"

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"Ah, no problem." he said.

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And saw, saw, trim, trim, trim,

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he ever-so-swiftly and niftily trimmed the seaweed.

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And there, beneath the tangly seaweed,

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were the Gardener Fish's seaweed trimmers.

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"You need somewhere to keep those." said George.

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"Yes," I said, "keep things ship-shape."

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Well, we thanked George and he disappeared over the wall.

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And soon, we didn't just hear hammering, we heard sawing as well.

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Hmm.

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The Gardener Fish - ho-ho! - he rolled his eyes.

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"What about these rambly sea roses?" I asked him.

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"They need clipping but I can't find my rose clippers!" he said.

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Just then, a crab came by waving his pincers.

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"Hello," I said, "your pincers look very fine."

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"Would you mind using them to clip these rambly sea roses?"

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"Not at all!" said the crab.

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And clip, clip, clip, snap, snap, snap, he clipped all the roses back.

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And there, behind the rambly roses,

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were the Gardener Fish's rose clippers.

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"You need somewhere to keep those," said the crab,

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"then you can always find them."

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We thanked the crab for his help and he disappeared over the wall.

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And soon, we didn't just hear hammering and sawing,

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we heard clip, clip, clipping as well.

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The Gardener Fish rolled his eyes.

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"What a racket!"

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"Never mind. Your garden is nearly ready for the sea king." I said.

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But the Gardener Fish still had to plant his sea cabbages

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and he couldn't find a spade to dig the holes.

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"Don't worry," says I,

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"I know an excellent digger." Hoo!

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Salty, of course.

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-Well, Salty set to work top speed.

-HE BLOWS RASPBERRIES

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And in a blurry of scrambling paws, she scraped and she clawed,

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diggidy-diggidy-diggidy-dig,

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and soon there were lots of sea cabbage-size holes.

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We planted each one.

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And do you know what we found underneath their curly

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cabbage-y leaves?

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The Gardener Fish's spade.

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"You really need somewhere to put those tools of yours," I said,

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"to keep things ship-shape."

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Suddenly, Percy the pipe fish announced

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the arrival of the sea king.

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HE MAKES HORN NOISE

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We all bowed, including Salty.

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"Your garden is looking more beautiful than ever!"

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the sea king boomed.

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"Thank you, Your Majesty." said the Gardener Fish, bowing.

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Just then, the noise from behind the wall grew louder...

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..and then someone shouted out, "It's finished!"

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-And a big cheer went up.

-CHEERING

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The Gardener Fish blushed.

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"I'm sorry about the noise." he said.

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"Well, that's my fault, really." said the sea king,

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in his kingly tone.

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"You see, you're always giving me sea plums,

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"so I wanted to give you something...

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"and the sea creatures kindly offered to make it for you."

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And the king clapped his hands,

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and suddenly Charlie the squid appeared behind the wall,

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stretching his long arms upwards.

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He was holding the most fabulous, dabulous shed,

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and he placed it in the corner of the Gardener Fish's garden.

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So, that's why everyone was making a noise.

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Shed-making is a very noisy business.

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"Somewhere to keep your tools." the king boomed.

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"Thank you," said the Gardener Fish, happily, "I love it."

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"Every gardener should have a shed, Salty," I said.

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"Just like every sailor should have a ship."

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"Which reminds me, we'd better get back to the Rainbow."

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So, we said our goodbyes and before you could say,

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"knobbly, bobbly sea plums", we were back on board

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and sailing back to Staithes and home.

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They were very nice, those sea plums.

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I bet they'd make nice jam, wouldn't they?

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What do you reckon, Salty?

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Did you like that story, Salty? All true, of course.

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Mind you, my stories always are.

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Come on, girl.

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HE LAUGHS

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Hey-hey. Everything all right now, Captain?

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Fine, thanks, Jack. But I am still wondering what this plant is.

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-Ah.

-It doesn't seem to have any flowers.

-No.

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Perhaps Salty knows.

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No. Salty's no gardener, that's for sure.

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Oh, I don't know. She looks very interested.

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She just likes sniffing, that's all.

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But what have you found there, Salty?

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-Eh?

-Oh...

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-Ho-ho-ho-ho!

-Carrots?

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Clever Salty. She is a gardener after all.

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Miss Bowline-Hitch must have planted carrot seeds in there by mistake.

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Yeah. Well, I tell you, it's solved what's on your menu problem.

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So, what is on the menu, Jack?

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Carrot soup.

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Ha! Carrot soup!

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BOTH LAUGH

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Carrot soup. Good girl, Salty!

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Well, Salty, that's it for today.

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We'll see all our friends next time.

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Oh, and we'll see you next time as well. Bye-bye.

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Come on, girl.

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