' 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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Jenifer was blown away by the size of the kitchen with a wood burning stove. She had seen nothing like it in her life. The pans were all copper based and the cutlery the finest silver. The dinner service was the best china money could buy and Jenifer thought. She said that she would buy a cheaper dinner service to use and keep the porcelain ones for best. There was a nice wood burning stove in the kitchen that heated the water. Plus a double oven gas cooker. In the back garden there was a gas barbeque and a 50 metre pool. There was a raised vegetable plot made from old railway sleepers. It was large enough to sustain a family. The dining room had a polished table and ten chairs on the walls there were framed photos of old miners

And an extensive library of books that taught you about animal husbandry, farming, and growing crops. In fact there was a guide to just about everything that Matty would need to live self-sufficiently in Australia.

He took a book from the shelve that showed him how to deal with insects and how to protect his family from the dangers that surrounded them. He took it up to his bedroom and lay on the bed in his stocking feet reading it from cover to cover.

Jackie’s father must have been just the same as he was when he first came to Australia. Excited but scared too. It seemed straight forward enough, just like Mick had said just follow the rules of nature.

He read several chapters then put it down on the bedside table and lay back and closed his eyes. The heat and the jet lag were going to take some getting used to. As he slept his mind was going around thinking how he could utilise the land he now owned. Money from grazing sheep was fine but. Fifty acres of land could be a real money spinner if he could find a way to make it work for him.

Jenifer took her very first shower and liked it. Her hair was rinsed properly and she came out feeling exhilarated. She massaged some cream into her legs and arms. Then added some to her face before drying her hair. She found that she only had to step outside for ten minutes and it was dry. She sat on the bench on the porch which had a swing and gently rocked it whilst brushing her hair. Once it was dry she tied it up and found that a lot cooler. She put on a pair of cut away jeans and a tee shirt. She looked out at the sky as the sun was slowly going down. And the sounds from kookaburra’s and other birds filled the air.

“It had been an exhausting two days this place was going to take some getting used to.

She slowly rocked herself to sleep.

The house was now in silence as the Davis family slept.


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