“It’s great now we have these new teabags from Lipton’s no mess. You just pop two teabags in a pot then leave it to brew and hey presto a nice pot of tea.’
“My mother wouldn’t thank you for them; she likes her tea strong and made with Ringtons tea.’
Ringtons rubbish more like; my mother bought tea from them as well and we all hated it.’
Paula picked up a slice of cheese on toast and began eating it.’
“I thought you weren’t hungry?
“I wasn’t until I saw it then I suddenly became peckish.’
Dougie began to laugh.’
Dougie sat back down just as the Virginian was starting. I like that Doug McClure in this.’
“Ah,’ now I know why you call me Doug instead of Dougie.’
The cast of the western included Charles Beckford, John McIntire, Lee j Cobb, Clu Culager, Gary Clarke and the star of the show James Dury. The Virginian ran for nine years and there was only Dury and McClure left in the original cast at the end.
“I happen to think Doug sounds much better than Dougie that’s all.’
Then she kissed him on the cheek and said Douglas cook I do believe that you are Jealous.’
“Don’t be daft, me jealous of a cowboy.’
“Yes and a handsome one at that,’
“Now if we are talking about film stars then I happen to think Audrey Hepburn is very beautiful.’
“What about Sean Connery; he’s some hunk of a man.
Aye then there’s Ursula Andres she has some figure on her.’
There was a sharp dig in the ribs from Paula then they both looked at each other and giggled.
“Doug sipped on his tea then refilled Paula’s cup. After the Virginian they watched Tony Hancock’s comedy half hour before Paula said that she would have to go.
“I have to be in Durham by eight o’clock so I have to be up early. I haven’t packed any clothes either so that will take a while too.’ “I will call you tomorrow darling; I will miss you, take care wont you.’
“I will don’t worry; will you be home next week end.’
“Wild horses would stop me. I love you.’
“I love you too.’ they kissed again then Paula got into her car and drove away.
She contemplated going back and spending the night with him then she remembered her faith in God. She had promised not to sleep with anyone until she was married.’
Paula wondered if Doug would wait or if he would want to marry her.
She prayed as she drove back home that God would look after Doug when he set out on his maiden voyage on board “The Christian” she also prayed that Doug’s love for her would never end even though they would be apart. She loved him so dearly and couldn’t live without him in her life. She was torn between the love she had for God and the love she had for Doug. This was going to be harder than she thought.
When she reached the Dock Hotel her mother was just turning out the lights. She helped collect the empty glasses then quickly washed them for her mother.’
Minnie locked the doors then they both went up to bed.
“I will see you in the morning before you leave dear.’