The Cruise of the Dondevoy

    


I got the job this morning, and found, as I expected, that a "dig" really means digging, and grovelling on hands and knees with a little trowel; most people know that already. The pay is a derisory one pound fifty per day, but has the advantage of being called a "subsistence allowance", so there is no stamp to pay, and the tax is left up to you. The company is great, being mostly students and teachers on vacation, and the work is hard but rewarding, and also has its funny moments.

I shall have to walk to the site tomorrow, as Mr Williams, who is in charge, objects to the Land Rover being taken out of its way on its journey to or from Northampton. As soon as my motor is fixed I shall moor in Northampton, and thus be able to get transport.

The boatyard across the road told me that it will be a very cheap job to replace a shear pin in the propeller, if indeed that is what is wrong.


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