“My father has his own boat called “The Catch;’ he is what we call a long line fisherman. Instead of using a net he baits several hundred hooks and they are cast out and left until the high tide has been and gone then they are hauled in and the fish taken off. They are sold locally and my father makes a good living from it.’
“Martha my mother is a hard working woman who never stops. Washing, ironing, shopping, cooking, and cleaning house. She is up usually a six every morning and it is after twelve each night when she goes to bed.’ it is a hard life where we live.’
“My parent’s run a small farm so I know what you talk about.’
“We have just a few pigs, geese, ducks, and chickens on the farm; but like your father they are able to make a good living from the eggs and the fruit trees from our orchard.
“We butcher a pig every year and we invite all the neighbours for a feast.’ It is a great occasion that brings the whole village together as one.’
“That is good that you’re family do this.’
“It has become a tradition now.’ All the women bring food and help out in the kitchen. They made these long tables to fit everyone on then the food is served. They ate and drink until the early hours and music and dancing takes place in “La place de Village,’ (Village Square). We were allowed to stay up late when I was very young and we would fall asleep in the hay loft of the barn. Then when the German’s came they took all the livestock and killed it for themselves. There was nothing for us to eat and we had to live off the land in order to survive.
Jim took the coffee cups back inside and they walked slowly back to where they had come.
Jim looked at his watch, it was now six thirty, and he couldn’t believe how far they had walked and how time ha flown in this girls company.’
They had talked all the way there and back again and when they reached the car they were both glad of a sit down.’
Jim drove her to her flat where she asked him in to meet her friend Monique.’
The flat was larger than it looked from the outside and it had its own bathroom. The old Victorian building had three rooms a kitchen and a dining room. The rent for this property each week was more than six weeks rent that his mother paid where they lived.’
Monique came out to greet them and again Jim was kissed on both cheeks.’
Unlike Selene; Monique was shorter at about five feet six and very petite; she looked a little older than her twenty two years but she was attractive looking.
Bonjour James; Selene was telling me about your project.’ I could help preserve some of your artefacts by using epoxy resin. It stops the corrosion of metals once the air gets to them.’
“The thing is we don’t really have the room and…
“She can share a bunk with me and I’m sure her parents would help you fund this project if we took her along.’ She has access to a boat that has four chemical tanks inside. The catamaran has six double bunks in it that’s enough for twelve people; so you James would have a cabin to yourself.’
“Well in that case welcome on board. “ We fly to Dublin in Ireland in four days Monique is that okay with you.’
“I will phone my father and ask him to send me money.’ “How much would you need?’
“Well I don’t really know.’
“I would ask him for 50.000 francs said Selene.’