The story focuses on three families. The Kinnear's, The Millsap's, and the Owen's. All different. They live very different lifestyles. Albert Kinnear the Librarian, who's parents came from Swindon but live in Pinetree Gardens, his father Jack is an engineer. He is a keen gardener and Pigeon fancier. Albert meets the daughter of Charlie and Elizabeth Millsap. They live on Kenton Road, in a bought property. He also is a pigeon man who has wangled his way into a chairman's job. he is a welder down the docks. No one is good enough for their daughter and they resent the relationship between Laura and Albert. Then there is William Owen(Willick) a roofing builder who lives in Cedarwood Avenue with two son's and a daughter. Alan is a jack the lad; he will sleep with any woman given the chance. Harry the youngest is a joiner and the brains in the family. Evelyn his daughter is twenty five and her father is pushing her to meet a man and get married so he can have grandchildren.


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“It’s close to fifty seven pounds.’

“Blimey, I thought when I was reeling in that it was heavy.’  

“You’ve caught the heaviest fish ever in only your fourth attempt,’

“I’ve been fishing for over ten years and never caught a fish that size.’ Let’s get a picture of you with it. Kneel on the matt and try and hold on to it.’

Susan tried to lift the heavy lump of a thing but couldn’t do it on her own so Harry helped her. Once she had a hold, Harry jumped up then snapped away.

“Come on let’s get her back.’

“Her, you said her?’

“Yes it’s a female.’

Harry removed the camera then picked up the fish in the weighing bag then took it down to the water’s edge. The gills of the fish were working in and out as he placed it into the water and held onto it until it had recovered. Then it just swam off into the murky water.

“Wasn’t that absolutely marvellous?’

Yes it was fantastic; come on we will bring the other reels in then we can go have a look at the hatchery. I will put out a bit more ground bait out before we leave. That will get them feeding again.

They walked up to the place where they bred the carp not only for the lakes at Le Moulin de Boutineau but for other fisheries too. They exported thousands of carp all over the world and it was a lucrative business.

Firstly Susan and Harry had to wear a pair of waders which they had then they were disinfected before being allowed in. this was to stop the spread of KHV and many other diseases that freshwater fish pick up. They went into room one where the milking of the fish took place. A large net was spread across the lake then the fish were loaded into tanks depending on the size. C4 C5 and C6 were used for breeding. The C stood for Carp and the numbers were how old the fish were. C4’s were about ten to twelve pounds in weight, C5 and C6’s up to twenty pounds and over. The fish were given a mild aesthetic to make it easier for the men to carry out the job of milking the fish.

Each carp could produce up to ten thousand eggs they were fertilised by the males then stirred around with a feather before going into incubation tanks. The fish would then hatch in 3-4 days. The fish are kept in the incubation tanks until they are large enough to go into larger tanks where they are fed until they are big enough to either be sold or put back into the lake to grow on for several years. The holding tanks were half filled to stop the fish from jumping out. Each tank was filled with 4 cubic metres of water. Then salt added to stop the spread of disease. Each tank was kept aerated so that the fish were kept in pristine condition until they were sold.

After the tour they thanked Felix for showing them around then went back to their peg and casted out.

“Well what do you think then Harry?’

“It looks pretty straight forward to me Susan. “We could use students during the summer recess to come as volunteers. They can camp out here and we would feed them. They could do all of what we have just seen easily.’

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