Fish Wife

"FISH WIFE" It tells of two women one from Scotland the other from North Shields.Margaret Rose Garbutt, has a violent abusive husband who beats her up whilst pregnant she runs away from from Sterling and when her baby is born is forced to give her up. years later she ends up working in the kipper factory on North Shields fish quay where she meets Irene Milsip who had such a bad home life that when she was set up on a blind date met Jimmy Johnson who she marries more out of desperation than love. Jimmy is a waster and is having an affair behind Irene's back with an Irish immigrants daughter until Irene's friend finds a letter in the street. Annabelle Crosby is faced with a dilemma- does she tell her friend or let the affair go on. This is the story of hardship and struggle of two women during the 1960's and their rise to success but one thing they will never forget is their roots. FISH WIFE is a tale of love, ambition, family values, and friendship.


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Mollie was the first out of bed then put on her clothes with her jeans and boots that Bobby had bought her. She ran out and went to the stable where Colin was busy feeding the pigs. “Hello Mr Sarin can I help you feed the animals?

“Yes you can, see that bucket there well there’s a bag with some pellets inside. There’s a scoop inside the bag. If you can put some of the feed inside the bucket then bring it over. Mollie did as she was asked then poured the feed into the trough.

“Well done you are a natural.”

“Who are we feeding next?

Sheep and lambs next here get on the buggy and I will drive up to the barn.

On the back of the buggy there was a trailer with different bags of feed for the animals.

He started up the buggy and off they went.

“I think Mollie has gone off to feed the animals said Bobby as Irene came down stairs.

“No worries, Colin will look after her?”

“Did you sleep alright?

“Yes thanks.”

“Do you want to take Mollie for a horse ride today I know a nice track where we can take a picnic and sit out; but if you would rather stay here that is fine with me?”

“I’ve never ridden a horse in my life.

I will show you its easy and I have a lovely horse, that all have to do is hold the reins and she will walk herself.

I have some safety helmets that you can both wear but you will not need them both Bella and Angel are so docile you won’t even know you are riding them.

“Alright then I will give it a go.” You won’t laugh at me will you?

“Of Course not you are going to be fine Irene I promise.”

Irene poured some coffee out of the percolator then asked if Bobby wanted any.

“No thanks I’ve had two cups already; I was up at dawn.”

“Don’t make feel bad for lying in; I am normally at work at six every morning.”

Bobby opened a huge American fridge and pulled out cooked chicken, cheese, and pickles. He made some ham and pea’s pudding sandwiches with fresh baked bread that Colin’s wife had brought him over. “Now we need we need some Tudor Crisps and some pop for Mollie and a bottle of wine for us.” He packed them into a hamper that could be strapped at the back of the horse he would be riding.

“Do you not have to be at work today?

“I can take you up to the plant today if you would like to see it; but Mollie would get bored and the smell of vinegar is quite strong.

How many factories do you own?

“I have one in about every city in the United Kingdom but I have two in Philadelphia in the United States.

“How do you keep tabs on them all?

I have managers and if they don’t pull their weight I fire them and employ someone else. “This is a ruthless business Irene and there is no sentiment in business.


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