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Nick's landscaping and construction business is growing exponentially. That's great news for the community because he is the one who works on fixing potholes and mending fences for free.

But it's not so good for his wife Gertrude. For the last three years she has been at home with their nine-month-old son David waiting patiently for the day when Nick comes home to tell her he is a new partner in his business.

It is now two months past that day. There has been no call and there has been no progress.

The business, Nick said, is booming. "That's why I'm so busy, right?"

"I don't understand it," Gertrude said. "You're sitting on one of the largest building sites in the country. You would think you would be working.

"I've spoken to lots of people and they're saying it's been a year and a half and they are just stalling. It's time for you to do something."

Gertrude spoke with The Sunday Age during a break from caring for David, and she was clearly upset. When she realised it was being published on the front page, she became noticeably upset and said, "This isn't nice. It's very personal. My life is very complicated at the moment and I'm just dealing with it."

At the risk of upsetting her further, The Sunday Age has chosen not to name her.

Nick has been married to Gertrude since they were 18.

Nick started work in construction in 1992 and in less than a year he had made a success of his own business. He has not always been the nicest of neighbours to those who are building a business.

One of the first questions the council asked Gertrude when they heard she was pregnant was whether she had a plan B should Nick choose to go into business with someone else.

"He wanted out of construction and he had a couple of offers, but nothing really serious," she said.

"I got pregnant when I was 18.He wasn't going to be a dad.

"He said that he was going into business with someone else and he was just going to work hard. I was happy with that. I thought that I could go into business and I've been able to do that. I was the first in the street to build a house."

The couple separated in 2000 and Gertrude moved in with her sister and brother-in-law, who own a local business. She has four children, a second son and three daughters. She also has a 12-year-old stepson.

She now lives a "simple" life. "It's a good, simple life, I don't think I'll ever do anything else," she said. "I could spend my life with them and I have a great family life. I've got five lovely kids."

She said Nick and his wife are both "hard workers". "I think it will work out fine. They're not going to be building another one unless he has to be away for six months or something," she said.

"I'm a mother-of-five. I just don't think I'd have it any other way. I feel very comfortable with that."

Originally published as 'I'm a workaholic' she says

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