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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Bobby brought out a black stallion after fitting the bridle and saddle, attached to her flank was the picnic hamper.

Now Mollie, come around to the right because you always mount and dismount a horse this way.

Put your left foot in the stirrup and swing your right leg over her back.

Mollie got onto the pony as if she had ridden a horse all her life. She patted Bella on the neck and said good girl.

“Right Irene, can you do that now you are going to feel very high up but don’t worry I am here.”

Irene got onto the horse and then took hold of the reins. Right wait until I get on Thunder.

Why do you call him thunder?

“You’ll see said Bobby with a grin. Now when you want the horse to move forward you use your heels like so. Thunder walked forward; now if you want to turn right then gently pull on the rein on the right and the same on the other side if you want to turn left.

 “To stop just gently pull back on the reins.”

Alright then I will lead just follow me. Bobby urged Thunder forward and the horse moved forward Mollie urged Bella and Angel followed. They followed the pathway into the country side the sun was shining now. The swallows soared above them it was so peaceful thought Irene. She was thinking about what Bobby had said about staying and she was torn between the loyalty to her boss and her daughter’s happiness.

She knew what it meant; she would no longer have to live in the ram shackle house that she had and Mollie would have a better life. She would have the opportunity to better herself. Then she thought about herself; could she commit herself to a relationship with a man who she had not long met. She needed more time to get to know Bobby properly.

There was know doubting that Bobby was handsome, thoughtful, and loved kids, in fact he was everything in a man that she would want, so why was she having doubts?

They came to a grassed area and Bobby came to a halt and Mollie and Irene pulled gently back on the reins and both horses stopped. Bobby jumped off Thunder then went to help Mollie but she had watched him and just copied what he had done and had got down herself but Irene was finding it more difficult. Her left leg wobbled as she tried to swing her right leg over. Bobby encouraged her and her confidence grew then bobby helped her down then tethered the horses so that they could graze on the grass. He unbuckled the hamper and then came back. He laid a woollen blanket down for them all to sit on. Bobby opened the hamper as they sat on the blanket and inside there was plates, knives, forks, and spoons. There were also some napkins; Irene helped to put the food out onto the plates and they sat in the sunshine eating their lunch.


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