THE RAGMAN’S SERENADE

' The Ragman's Serenade tells the story of four families- one from North Shields and the other three from Wallsend. It is a story of relationships- The Davis family are up to their eyes in debt - The Stewart family have a daughter who has downs syndrome– The hagarths who’s husband owns a bookmakers shop and his wife is a midwife at the RVI- and the Higginbottom's have a father with the on set of Alzheimer's. How do they cope - read this fascinating story i'm sure you will enjoy.

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Ollie introduced him to Katie his wife and Megan his daughter. “Robert is out in the field and will be in soon.’ He is practically running the business these days.’

“I’ve been at this game over thirty years now, I’m starting to slow down a bit now. I used to work about seventy hours a week.’ “I work about forty five now but I want to cut that down to about thirty next year. I’m sixty four years old now and ready to put my feet up.’

“I have made a lot of money from the wine business and now Katie and I want to enjoy the fruits of our labour so to speak.’

Katie cooked them all a steak with salad and homemade fries. They sampled several of Kumula wines that Ollie produced and he also gave them a few cases of his wines to take back with him. They drove back to Shieldsland very pleased at what they had seen. Tom couldn’t wait to plough the next field and as soon as Mick dropped him off he took the tractor out and began.

“Keen lad you have there said Mick.’

“Aye he’s a grafter is Tom.’

“He reminds me of your Jackie.’

“Look mate take some of this wine; there’s plenty down in the basement.
“Are you sure Matt?’

“It’s the least I can do mate you’ve been a great help.’ I hope once I get this vineyard established you can come here and work with me.’

“I’d like that a lot.’

“Good,’ so can I count on you to help me get the next few fields done?’

“I will round up more men and we can get another post layer or two and we can get them all done next week.’

“How much will I have to pay them all I mean I cannot expect these men to work for nothing?’

“Let me worry about that. A lot of them will be indigenous labourers who will work for next to nothing Matt. They will work hard and quickly and as long as you feed them and give them a few beers they will happy. At this rate we will be able to make some headway and be up and running. I will need to work at the factory for the next three years so that I can pay some of the bills off.’

“Look mate, this will all work out for the good just you wait.’ I’m sure that Tom is going to be a big help in running this vineyard as well. I can understand your concerns at the moment. This is a big step to take especially as you have never run a business before but Ollie is on hand if you need any help.’

“I guess you are right.’

“I will see you over at the Cooper’s later its Gerry’s turn for dinner.’

“Okay,’ I’m going to ring my dad now and see if Jackie left anymore funds.’

“Good luck with that.’ See you later.’

“Cheers Mick.’

Mick got into his truck and drove off, Matt went inside the house and picked up the phone and dialled his father’s number.

 

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