Winter wheat is going in the ground. It is back breaking work to bring a loaf of bread to the table.
We are all working and planting. All the seeds have to be covered so the birds do not see them.
James Rainport intercepted a letter from a guard this morning. He was clearly unimpressed with insubordination in the letter and informed the guard of this. James asked me what action I was going to take and I informed him to send the letter. While I do not like to be slighted, it was a man blowing off steam to his wife. He was probably embarrassed anyway. I told James to take him under his wing.
James does not like my style of leadership and has said as much. I reminded him that I did not consider his actions as insubordination for saying he would be my overseer one day.
I informed James Rainport of my style.
In a perfect scenario, when soldiers are in formation and in a parade yard, I require absolute obedience and discipline. They are a single entity. When we defend or attack as a unit we work as such. No deviation from the big picture as directed.
Here lies the problem:
As far as we are from La Longi, individual problem solving is a must. Most of the time the guards and scouts need to work alone. This is not a textbook environment. Decisions need to be made instantly at times.
Given the nature of this understaffed assignment I regard a letter to a spouse stating a commitment of protecting the camp and a feeling of being overworked and underpaid valuable critical thinking. It demonstrates the ability to weigh things out and make these decisions in an undermanned perimeter.
I sent James on a patrol around Northwich with several men.
The patrol will be in clover leaf pattern.
There were sounds in the night and there have been for weeks. Light seems to keep a lot of night critters at bay.