Things you learn over dinner in a small university town . The theme tune in the Czech composer Smetanas Ma Vlast symphony https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JcDzRjMIDvo&t=7s and the Israeli national anthem https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGCfFv9YnY0 are both thought to be based on the same late16th century Italian madrigal.
The three seagull chicks are up early. I'd expect them to take their first flight any day now. Boy, they are growing quickly. Things will hopefully quieten down and our sleep patterns return to normal when they flee the nest. From the noise they're making I'd assume they are demanding their four thirty snack.
We both agree that this little private moment was a fitting, if slightly dippy, way of bidding a fond farewell to an old family friend. We hurry back to the car as Angus wonders whether the North Sea chill has cut off the circulation to his toes and feet. There is much laughter - which is fitting. PON owners understand laughter .... and mischief .... and stubbornness.