‘Joe I can’t do this no more. You be working day and night and if you not be working here on the farm, you be out there searching for gold. I can’t stay locked away out here all the time. I won’t!’
‘For God’s sake woman, what do you want? You’ve got the Hardimans at Benjeroop and the Hetheringtons are just down the way. I don’t understand what you want.’
‘I want to be in town Joe. Where there be people I can talk to. Places I can shop instead of waiting four days to get me supplies.’
‘What would you say if we invest some money in town, say in a public house, would that help Annie? You can run it while I keep on here. I’ll come down now and again to give you a hand. You can take young Lennon with you. He can do the heavy work.’
‘What about the children, will you be happy with Margarethe and Willy in a public house? Oh Joe, tell me you will.’
Annie hopped from one foot to the other, waiting for his answer. Looking at her he saw a glimpse of the young headstrong girl he’d married. He couldn’t refuse her. It would be a good investment, they had to look to the future.
‘Annie, calm down, calm down!’ Holding her, he kissed her. ‘There’s a licensing hearing next week. The Edinburgh Arms in the High Street needs a new licensee. We’ll put in an application if that makes you happy.’