They sat and chatted for over an hour then made their way back.
I would have stayed longer Tom but they only give you a bloody week to decorate.’
“I know mate and I wish I could help.’
I will call in at Colin Moses house on my way round to my mam’s and ask him if he can decorate for you.’ it won’t cost that much. I will pay to have it done; what do you say?’
“Thanks’ mate; I will see you tomorrow then.’
“Yes,’ of course.’ Come around to mine though Mickey will yer; the paint gets on my chest.’
Mickey left Tom to walk along towards the Wooden Doll pub then turn up the bank.
He thought about what his friend had said as he crossed the field where some kids were playing football the ball was kicked near him and he got it between his feet going past three kids then square it over the goal mouth a young kid about ten hoofed it into the net.
The kid charged down the field with his arms in the air as his friends chased after him.’
Mickey smiled then crossed the road to his new house.
Tom called in at the Ballarat where he knew Colin Moses would be he went to the bar and ordered himself a drink and a bottle of Newky Brown foe Colin whom he had spotted sitting with a couple of lads.’
He came over after paying for the drinks and sat down next to Colin who was reading a book on Merchant sea ships that had sailed during the war.’
“Hi Colin I hope that you don’t mind but I got you a pint in.’
“Thanks’ Tom what can I do for you?’
It’s not for me Colin it’s for Mickey.’
“Yes, and what does he want doing?’
He’s just moved into a house on Charlotte Street, he’s four doors away from me and he wants som decorating done. “I will pay you Colin for doing it.’
Pay me man the amount of food I’ve had off you and your mother you’ve paid me in more than kind. Give me his address and I will call in on my way home.
Tom took out a pencil and a note pad and wrote down the address for Colin who slowly poured out the Brown Ale into a half pint glass and took a swig.
How many bedrooms is it Tom?
“It’s the same as the one you did for me Colin.’
“No problem I can get the wallpaper cheap for him and have it all done by tomorrow night is that okay.
“Of course, it doesn’t take me long you know.
“How much do you need for the wallpaper?’
“five bob a roll, say ten quid Tom; the paint I can get from work.’
Tom took out his wallet and gave Colin two blue five pound notes.’
“Are you sure you don’t want anything for your time?’
“Get me another bottle and we will call it quits.’
“Tom laughed then went to the bar.’
“When he came back Tom told him what Shirley had said and asked him what he would do.’