A visit from the Chiropodist – Tallis Steelyard

Reblogged from Tallis Steelyard…a new tale from Port Naain’s foremost  poet…

A visit from the chiropodist

Sometimes I find that I am called upon to write cautionary tales, so that those who wish to follow in my footsteps and make a living in the arts avoid some of the many traps and pitfalls that await them. But in this case I feel that I am telling a tale which might signpost your route to prosperity, nay, even to respectability.

I want to bring to your attention the career of Wilfred Mettan. Obviously with a name like that, given to him by a mother who had read far too many wild romances during her confinement, he was destined for greatness, and so it transpired.

I am never quite sure how he drifted into chiropody, but obviously he did, and for many years he was a fixture on the side of the Ropewalk. There he would sit, under his little awning. His client would sit in a chair opposite, remove his or her footwear and Wilfred would set to work. He would treat anybody for twenty four dregs a foot, and he was so well thought of there was often a queue. As time went on he married, and first his wife, and then his oldest daughter, would work along side him as a nurse, bringing warm water and soap to wash the feet and soften the corns.

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About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at scvincent.com and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email: findme@scvincent.com.
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