Happily Ever After
Life in The Rural Retreat with a beautiful wife, three cats, garden wildlife, a camera, a computer – and increasing amounts about running
by admin - 23:27 on 03 November 2011
My confidence in my future aboard the good ship GNoME took a knock today when the shame-faced first mate informed me that, after Christmas, freelance crew will no longer be required.
A position in the regular ship's company might become available, but as terrified ratings have begun to fling themselves overboard, rather than join what may be a voyage of no return, the offer is not a tempting one.
What remains of the crew will soon be chained to their seats, given three oars each and encouraged to row night and day by Cap'n Gnome's ruthless galley-master. GNoME, which was once a notably happy ship, is happy no longer.
Matchgirl took the news stoically despite the implications for life in The Rural Retreat. I'm not yet convinced that there'll be no role for a freelance rating amongst a mutinous, desertion-ridden crew, but I've begun the hunt for a new part-time berth, just in case.
It's handy that Strawdogs play their first gig next week; less handy is that the initial income will go towards paying the bill for our new PA. I guess I'd better get out and sell a few more books.
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