' 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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“Two tatties more than a pig you lad; I don’t know where you put it all.’

“He’s a growing lad, he needs his packing said Jack.’

“We’re going to have to get him a big bed as that single one is just too small now.

His feet are sticking out of the end of it.’

“All the beds in Jackie’s house are king sized beds. I slept like a log when I was over there’ you don’t need blankets over there you know; just sheets they put these quilts over the bed made by the aborigine tribes people during the day and take them off at night because it’s just too humid. It took me a few nights to get used to the temperature but its brilliant weather over there. They do have a rainy season that they call “The Wet” but the rain doesn’t last long. The good thing about washing clothes out there is they are dry in about an hour.

“Really said Jenifer,’

The locals all have these big barbecues;  they collect bits of wood from the scrub to make a fire with then it is left to die down for an hour or so then they put all the meat on and it cooks pretty quickly. I had a try of some real exotic animals when I was there.’

“Tell us granda; what did you eat?’

“Well I had ostrich, kangaroo, crocodile and these wild pigs.’

 Everyone goes hunting in the bush for food over there and they fish just about every weekend as well. Then there’s the fruit bushes which they collect all kinds of apples and pears, mango’s and yams. It’s a great lifestyle son; you can live very cheaply out there if you know what you are doing.’

Michael Flannery will no doubt show you how to go on there.’

After dinner both Brian and Jenifer lit up a cigarette whilst Tom went to his room and brought a book from his bedroom.

“Look at this granda, it called “How to survive in the bush” There’s ideas on how to catch animals to eat as well as catch fish.’

“Have you seen the size of the Barramundi out there?’

There were some photographs of these huge freshwater fish and Tom asked his granda if he had gone fishing with Michael when he was over there.

“Yes we went fishing, but it was for sea fish like red snapper and black fish. And everyone has crab and lobster pots that they harvest after just an hour. They buy these Chickens that are going off and use them as bait. Some of the crabs are about eighteen inches across and the claws are huge. Small lobsters are about ten pounds in weight.

“Then there are the big tiger prawns and shrimps they catch. There’s oysters, and clams, scallops, and big mussels. I tell yer the seafood and wildlife is plentiful out there.’ The rivers are teeming with fresh water Cray fish; they are like a small lobster and very tasty.’ I’m telling you Tom; there’s money to be made from it all out there if you’re willing to put in the time an effort.’

“Why don’t we all go over granda?’

“Your gran doesn’t like the heat over there Tom; it saps the strength from you when you get to our age.’

“But you’re not that old granda.’ I wish you would come.’

“I will once you get settled, I’ll come for a month.’

“We haven’t said that we’ll go yet dad.’

“Anyone for a cup of tea?’

“I’ll have one love said Matty.’ Go put the kettle on then and you and Tom can make a start on the pile of dishes in the sink.’

“I thought that there’d be a catch to having Sunday dinner.’ “Come on Tom give me a hand.’

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