I went down to the sea at first light this morning for the first of my reports from the seashore for Soundart Radio. The radio show host - the artist Julie Mullen - invited me back after being the artist-in-residence for both lockdowns, this time, to do the traffic report for her morning show.
Contemplating my new role of 'traffic reporter', I look up the meaning of 'traffic'. As well as the usual definitions of 'traffic', with all its to and fro -ings of people and things, and "the messages or signals transmitted through a communications system"*, there is also the more subtle interpretation: "...to deal, intrigue, conspire, ...to practice."**
So I am reporting on the 'traffic' down at the seashore, reporting on any walkers, runners, swimmers, dreamers. Any dogs, birds, tides, stones, waves, wrack, winds. And, on the odd discovery, of a fairy story book, or a listener.
**Oxford English Dictionary