triangular scraper. It dropped onto the ground aflame then went out as Colin followed the grain of the wood.
The mixture of the paint fumes and frying bacon filled the air now as the door was taken down to the bare wood. He took up his sanding block then quickly sanded the door down before moving onto the surround. When he had done, Polly came out with a plate with some bacon buns and a pot of tea.’
“Here you are Colin get those down your neck.’
“Thank you Mrs T’ he said as he took a bite. Mmm that is good bacon.’
“I get it from the butchers shop on Nile Street.’
“There’s very little fat on it.’
Colin swept up his mess from the step of the house then placed it inside a galvanised bucket. He then sipped on his tea and ate the other bun.
“My son made those buns you know.’
“Really; they are lovely.’
“Yes; he’s serving his time at Archers’
“It has always had a good name Mrs T’ so Tom is workin’ now eh?’
“Yes, it doesn’t seem five minutes ago when he was a babe in my arms.’
Look at you; you were the same I think you were only seven or eight when Tom was born.
“I know I’m twenty three in a few weeks time.
“Tell your mother if she is going to the pictures tomorrow to give me a knock.
“Yes I think she said that she was going so I will remind her.’
Colin whipped through the windows then asked if he could come through to do the back.
“Doesn’t take you long does it?’
“I’ve been doing it years Mrs T’ it’s easy.’ I have only a week to get through this street.
“What stripping, sanding down, undercoating, and gloss finish?’
No Just stripping; I know that I’m fast but I would have to be going some to get them all done.
Again Colin swept up after himself after sanding down then went and stripped the coalhouse door and the toilet.
When he had done that he came back through to undercoat the front door and windows allowing the wood to cool down in the back before starting those. It was just after twelve when he finished and told Polly that he’d be back in the morning to gloss paint everything.
Thanks’ for the Sandwiches Mrs T’ I’ll see you around the same time; I have four others to finish off tomorrow.’
Colin moved onto the next house where he started all over again.
Colin worked right through his lunch in order to try and get one side of the street done he would definitely not finish until seven o’clock tonight and possibly later tomorrow night.
Agnes slipped out to the shops to get something in for her husband and son’s dinner.
She wandered down onto the fish quay where it was still busy will lorry drivers packing the fish ready to be taken away.
He went along to Lilburn’s Kipper house and picked up some kippers then saw her cousin Eddie Farquhar who worked for Associated Fisheries.
Eddie saw her and asked if she wanted a fry.
“If you have anything going spare Eddie thanks.
I will put you up a mixed bag alright.’