Driving through Gateshead he knew that it wouldn’t be long now before he would be back home again. He crossed the bridge into Newcastle then looked at his watch it was twenty past two he took the one way system that led him through to Jesmond then past the Corner House and the Phoenix theatre. He drove down the Coast Road then turned right past the Formica and what was Commercial Plastics then carried on past the houses then turned left he drove past “The Nautilus” then pulled in outside of his sisters house. He grabbed his case, his Stetson, and his guitar and walked to the door.
Bobby looked at the garden that needed attention, the hedge wanted trimming and the grass was around a foot high. He just got to the door set his cases down when it was opened by his sister who threw her arms around him. He held her as she cried on his shoulder.
“Oh Bobby; I’ve missed you so.’ “Look at you all grown up and handsome too.’
“He’s at work until about six; come in and give me your case and I will show you where your room is.’
The modernised house had four bedrooms a kitchen and a fair sized bathroom.
Maggie led him to a bedroom and inside it had all been tastefully decorated and there were some pictures of him and his sister playing in the yard in the old house. She was seventeen and it was 1964 she was wearing a pair of black flared trousers and a blouse with a flowered pattern and a wide collar with a pair of black plat- formed shoes on.
He was only two years old and she was pushing him in the pram in another photo.
There was another of him and his father and mother together when he was at Northumberland Park feeding the ducks.
He placed his Guitar on the bed then took off his tanned suede leather coat with tassels on the sleeves. They had become fashionable now and were once worn by George Armstrong Custer at the battle of Little Big Horn. He hung it in the wardrobe
Then walked with his sister to the kitchen and sat around the round wooden table there were brown cottage type kitchen units on the walls and four cupboards and three drawers with a sink unit built it the work benches that were a maple colour. The same colour as the wooden flooring. There was a Hotpoint washing machine in the recess next to the sink and on the back wall there was a large fridge freezer. The cooker had a double oven and ran on British Gas. Maggie had a Welsh dresser on the back wall with glasses and crockery in it.
“I’ve put the kettle on Bobby; we can have a nice cup of tea.’
Bobby looked out into the back garden which was much the same as the front.’
“I see Steve is not into gardening.’
Maggie laughed; its hard to drag him out of his arm chair some days Bobby.’
“I will tidy it up for you later.’
“It won’t take me long if you have the gear to do it.’
“There’s hedge trimmers and mower in the shed Bobby and I’m sure there’s other tools in there as well.
“Let me have this cup of tea then I will make a start on the hedges.’
They can wait you know.’
“No time like the present; I will get my work boots and there’s a pair of jeans in the cab as well.
Maggie poured the boiling water onto three teabags in a pot then gave it a good stir. She took a milk jug out of the fridge and poured some into the mugs then poured the tea out as Bobby went to fetch his work clothes.