Piligrimin’s rest

After two weeks on the road, I arrived very tired at Antigny two days ago and have been resting since.

It has seemed the whole year, ever since January when I arrived back in Canterbury from Rome (via three months in a monastery) has been an unmitigated disaster.  A full blog post about all that will go into further details, now that the NUT is mounting a case against the CRB for compensation and it looks as if the whole horror story is now over; but I have begun to feel that I never want to return to England.  I have spent three months fighting the Big Brother police state apparatus which first incompetently confused me with another person, like some horror story of Franz Kafka, where you wake up and everyone thinks you are an insect rather than the person you were yesterday(!); and then offered me £500 compensation for all the damage of lost earnings, mental cruelty, and a career completely jeopardized by their stupidity and Liverpudlian frivolity.  (The CRB is based in Liverpool and employs a vast number of people, but any time you speak to them you are under the impression that these people should be stacking shelves in a supermarket: they do not know what they are talking about.  The CRB is the most expensive and the most dangerous job-creation-scheme ever devised.)  But now the rabit piligrimin is tucked safely into a caravan parked in a barn…  A burrow of sorts.

Yes, that is the rabit laptop, sitting on the palette in front of the caravan, where a perfect Wi-Fi signal is possible (the caravan is aluminium, so acts as a ‘Faraday cage’ with no signal.

Of course, much misunderstood aminals like rabit piligrimins get on very well with other long-eared piligrimin aminals, like piligrimin donkeys.   Rosie and Daly explore the piligrimin rabit’s velociraptor.  We shall all be going for a walk together tomorrow prolly if the weather is good.  I’m going to get experience walking with donkeys, then maybe take Daly on a longer walk on the Chemin Saint Jacques locally for two or three days.  (Shades of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Travels With a Donkey, except I’ve made friends with the donkeys first, unlike the rood and norty Mr Stevenson who was very unkind to his donkey.)

Here are my friends Barbara and Chris at Chauvigny Aero Club, with Barbara fitting Chris into the cockpit of a glider ready for take off.  It was a busy day, with the Gerans, Belgians and Dutch all preparing to set off home after atwo week gathering without good flying weather.

Rabit went off in search of romanesque art and found a stunning set of Apocalyptic capitals in the church of St Paul in Chauvigny.  The most beautiful of them was the carving of the Holy Family.  What I like about this art is the almost Simpson’s cartoon simplicity meeting the secret of the universe which is contained in the Bible story.  I was transported.  Marvelous work.

And somewhere between the resting from the road, the donkeys, the flying club, and the National Union of Teachers solicitor phoning to tell me my case against the incompetence of the CRB was advancing well, a Deputy Head Teacher in Spain phoned up to offer me a teaching job, starting in a few weeks time.

Things happen when rabits go on piligriminage…  It’s looking good.

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About Gareth Thomas

A fairly mixed career starting as an aircraft technician and later Franciscan friar eventually led into secondary school teaching. I settled in Spain where I teach Geography part-time and spend the rest of my time looking after the needs of four donkeys in a remote location in the mountains in the Costa Blanca. I have three blogs: a geography blog and a donkey blog begun in 2015, plus an old donkey blog which ran from 2010 to 2015.
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3 Responses to Piligrimin’s rest

  1. ALiCe__M says:

    I am so happy you’ve got a job in Spain !! how great. If it is not a bilingual school, you’ll need to brush up your Spanish a bit, but what a great challenge ! I totally loved my time abroad as a teacher, and I’m sure you’ll love it too in Spain.

  2. cherry says:

    Cher Frere Lapin, the tiny glimpse you afford us into your personal life and the disaster of the last year causes me to wonder how/if I may be of assistance. I am in Education though in the private sector and almost exclusively with foreign students/teachers/business people. We have partners across Europe – indeed across the globe. If you are coming back via Canterbury, do let me know via ..Would be pleased to discuss and offer ideas/suggestions for job opportunities….all over a big bowl of salad! PEace be with you on your travels, know His Presence in your life. In Domine, Cherry

  3. Frere Rabit says:

    Thank you Alice M and Cherry for your comments. I shall indeed be returning to Canterbury but only very briefly to collect my things before going to Spain. Rabits do like salad, so that sounds like a good idea. You may have seen my story already in the Canterbury edition of the Kentish Gazette. http://www.kentonline.co.uk/kentonline/news/2010/april/21/teacher_crb_blighted_my_life.aspx

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