Once inside Dougie emptied the grate then got some sticks and a fire lighter and placed the wood around it then lit it. The firelighter burst into flame then the sticks took hold Dougie strategically placed small lumps of coal around the wood then placed a piece of news paper over a shovel by the fireside and blazed it up.
Within ten minutes they had a roaring fire.’
Dougie went to wash his hands as Paula looked through the radio times to find out what was on the television.
When Dougie returned Paula had switched on the television set and was watching an episode of Peyton Place. They cuddled up together on the sofa as they watched Ryan O’Neal and Christophe Connelly arguing over Barbara Perkin’s.
“Do you think this is really true to life asked Dougie?’
“In America maybe but not here.’
“Can you imagine a soap opera in the Ridges; Old Mrs Junghans who lives across the path getting her poss stick oot and chasing Ella Villeverdie with it doon the street.’ It would be a best seller if someone could write like that.’
They would need subtitles as no one would be able to understand a word they were saying apart from us.’
“I hope that these Poles who are coming tomorrow understand me.’
“Well Basek understood you didn’t he.’
“Yes but what about the others.’
Just talk correctly and they will understand. I’ve noticed since you’ve been out with me you don’t speak with as much of the Geordie twang.’
Is that a good thing or a bad one?’
“You worry too much Doug; just let the lord guide you; and you will be fine.’
“Nothing seems to faze you does it Paula; you go through life without a care in the world.’
“I do not; I care about you and my mother.’
“I didn’t mean like that I was taking about life in general you know like every day things.’
“Why fight it; if it is Gods will then it will be so.’
“Aren’t you afraid of going to somewhere unknown?’
“No,’ we must take each new experience as it comes.’ “Each journey begins with the first step.” I read that somewhere and it’s so true.’
In a few days you will be setting out on your first journey and the lives of your men will be in your hands.’ Do you worry?’
“No not really as I know the sea; she is a temperamental woman alright; but if you treat her with respect she will reward you.’ treat her badly and she will cast her wrath upon you and swallow you up.’
“Would you like a cup of tea asked Dougie as he filled a kettle.’
“Go on then, but no sugar.’
“I can make us some cheese on toast or beans on toast.’
“I’m not hungry but make something for yourself if you want to.’
Dougie cut two slices of cheddar then toasted some bread then added the cheese with some Woostershire sauce and black pepper.
The cheese melted and began to bubble under the grill so Dougie took it out and set it on a plate. He brought the tea and food into the kitchen on a tray and placed it on the glass coffee table. Paula stirred the tea then poured it out.