McGintys Log Cabin – (all rights to this story are the property of
Richard Grace CH4 8LB Bracken 01244 679503)
Series of children's
books – for parents to read to children – if they dare! this is a sort
of autobiography inspired by my grandchildren and the feeling that TV,
video and computer games will never replace personal contact
Log Cabin - is the name of the book and here is the first chapter -
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When Congo stepped down from the bullet
train his head was full of thoughts about McGinty. His search for
answers was soon to be fulfilled in an extraordinary way.
Doolittle had worked with McGinty for some years and had kept in touch
as a friend. Doolittle is a lovely dog really the only problem is when
he gets a bone you can't get it off him. Congo told Doolittle about his
long search for answers to questions that had puzzled him throughout
school and university. It was time for Congo to launch out on the wide
world and was about to make some of his most important decisions.
Congo was excited to be given a ten minute appointment at McGintys
log cabin with McGinty himself and had arrived early. The sun was
shining and Congo rifled through his bag to check the things Doolittles
told him to pack. He also checked directions and his own notes with his
“mobile communicator” (Emcee).
On the way from the train Congo
swung through trees making rapid progress and always watching behind to
make sure he wasn’t being followed. Doolittle had stressed that the
visit must remain a secret. McGinty was a very busy Goat and would be
upset if other Rang-Tangs would find out about his cabin.
packed his things carefully in the waterproof bag bought for the last
leg of his journey and jumped into the river making for the bank on the
other side. Not long now before McGintys log cabin would come into
As Congo rounded the rock face he could see the rope
bridge re-crossing the river and McGintys log cabin came into view.
Doolittles instructions were perfect and Congo re-checked his list of
questions using Emcee
The river was running fast at this point
and swimming would be impossible so the bridge was the only way to
Congo remembered Doolittles instructions about turning
up on time, checked and looked for any incoming messages on Emcee for
the final time before the meeting. 30 minutes early with his journey
nearly over Congo could feel his heart pounding and felt both excited
and apprehensive about the meeting. Doolittle was certainly an
extraordinary dog and for sure Congo was in for an important meeting.
The time had come and Congo crossed the bridge he could see McGinty
the goat sitting in his rocking chair on the log cabin veranda. The
cabin was built from whole trees and had a grass roof and a metal
chimney with smoke rising into the forest. Congo remembered the amount
of time available and resolved not to waste any.
young Rang-Tang said McGinty stretching out his front right hoof. Sit
here I have a drink of tea for you ready. I do hope Doolittle explained
about the ten minute rule and that you have your three questions only
ready, so go ahead now – in the future you will learn the importance of
Yes of course said Congo my father has given me a thousand
Rang-Roes on completing my studies, this is enough money to pay for an
extra two years at university, a rang-mobile transport system or a
backpacking trip around the world – what should I do?
sipped his tea through a straw took a deep breath and said – “Congo you
are a lucky young Rang-Tang but you will also need tenacity, endeavor
and good friends. Time is important so go ahead with your second
Tapping furiously on his Emcee keypad so as not to
loose any advice Congo blurted out his second question – McGinty why do
Rang-Tangs have to leave home and start their own family when training
Congo your training is never over – Doolittle should
have told you this and now you are wasting my time, give me your third
and final question and finish your tea.
McGinty how important is
Excellent question Congo - no-one seems to know the
real answer to this so I will arrange an appointment for you with Algy
the shark and Harris the squirrel you will receive instructions on
Emcee. When you have met them and thought about their advice ask
Doolittle to sort out another visit here to let me know what you have
decided - in ten minutes only of course.
Go now and take care
there are snakes in the forest and crocodiles in the river, your time is
up Digby the pig is due for my next appointment in five minutes and I
need to speak with Doolittle before Digby arrives.
As Congo swung
through the trees on his way back to the train he felt relieved that the
meeting was over and that the next two meetings would help to clarify
his decisions. McGinty was certainly an interesting Goat and his
reputation was good so the meetings with Algy and Harris were of utmost
On the far side of the River Congo sat to contemplate
the Journey ahead, the questions in his head were banging on the inside
of his scull. Crocky popped his head out of the water said “Congo watch
out for sharks” and disappeared as quickly as he arrived. Congos head
was so full of questions he was not sure at all what the answers and
He arrived home safely checked Emcee and settled
down for the night. Tossing and turning Congo kept thinking about the
message he had received from McGinty “Congo before your next visit keep
me in touch with progress – three messages only maximum of nine words
each Good luck! McGinty.
second chapter overview
next chapter Congo talks with Doolitle and realises that to find Algy
and Harris he must work at least for a short while as a service junior
at a printing business. To do this he would need to get through an
interview and get some form of transport.
Congo buys two wheel
transport and falls off it on the way to interview – he has the tenacity
to continue and gets the job. (a significant life changing moment)
Harris owned the business and Algy was a salesman working for
Algy advises Congo to have a good time whilst he is still
young and free. Harris teaches him two lessons. (honesty is not always
rewarded and your most respected bosses do not always tell the truth)
Congo finds the business dis-organised and the employees are
predominantly selfish and downright lazy, it could all be so much more
fun and better for all including the owners. Congo makes friends with
Kevin who cleans the bosses car with a small paintbrush and gets the
sack for low productivity. (there is an important connection coming up
He returns to the log cabin to explain that he has decided
to go traveling but McGinty advises him to stay and put right the
problems. He tells McGinty that he has read that in other lands
happiness is provided by the governing group and everyone is equal.
Stay here - Travel will be the result but money will remain in the
bank because soon it would be needed to build a shelter and look after
two young Rang-Tangs if it was true that Brina was on the scene for
good. Congo had met Brina at university and had not seen her for years
but had bumped into her whilst out with Algy and had fallen in love.
Congo returns to work and a mass of things start happening.