We (nearly) did it

It’s 5.30am and I’m on the ferry going to Split. I’ve done this trip probably twenty times this summer. Today the ferry is not the usual one… it’s the little one they bring out for winter, I’m the only foreigner on board. All the Europeans and Americans on the island have gone home for Christmas… the forecast for today is snow… Time to fly south I’ve been thinking about the title for our last travel log on the island this year. At the beginning of the year I thought it would be a simple ‘We did it’… and have a picture of the house all done. ‘Oughffff’ followed by an impersonation of a gold fish mouth’… as they say on Vis. It would have been finished… honest… but we had an inspection from the employment Dept… They rocked up with two armed cops and their clipboards. They were looking for illegal Bosnians working on Vis. I told them they’d probably all gone to Engleski. They didn’t laugh… They also didn’t find any illegal Bosnians on our site. All the guys we had that day (except Angus) were legit. They checked all my papers and went through my building permission docs and looked somewhat disappointed they couldn’t nail anything on me. ‘You have all your papers in order. This is good’ The inspector said slightly peeved with wasting two and half hours on the ferry to get here. ‘ I just need to see your business permit and we will leave’ ‘Sorry’ ‘Your business permit’ ‘What’s that?’ The inspector gave me that… ‘You go through all this trouble to get...