We had a lot of fun at one stage, when one of my brothers, Paddy, began to sell eels to Rotorua, with a lot of money being made from this venture. He made his own very large net where the eels could easily get in, but not out again. These eels were LARGE and revolting and more like taipan snakes, as they squirmed around the grass trying to get back into the creek. It took at least 3 of us to pull up the net to check the numbers. Then the truck would come and tip the live eels into its hold, hand over the money to Paddy, down would go the net and the cycle begin for the next run. The truck would come about twice a week at the beginning but gradually Paddy went on to other enterprises. We only appreciated later that he had a very good business head on his shoulders!
Marie: And yet another story!
It seems to be a trait of the elderly to tell stories and often repeat the same stories. As our family has a major Reunion in February 2015 I will tell a family story each day and NOT repeat it for 100 days. I will use christian names from our earlier generations as pseudonyms.