off and set to work as Alison placed the large pot of tea on the tiled mantle piece of the fire.
“Right then we will leave you to it Colin said Mickey who was putting on his coat and cap. See you later, there’s tea coffee and a packet of biscuits in the kitchen just help yourself.’
Colin took a quick slurp of his tea then set to work burning off the paint off the living room door; something that he’d done so many times before he’d lost count.
He plugged in his little radio that he bought from Palister’s second hand shop, it worked on both batteries and from the mains when he was inside. He found a music station that he liked then carried on with his work as Alison and Mickey closed the door on there way out. They hurried along to Tom’s house and knocked on the door.
Shirley let them both in.
“It’s brassic out there this morning Shirley, said Mickey as he huddled around the open fire. Tom is getting a shave he will be with you in a moment. Would you like some breakfast.’
If it’s no trouble said Alison we haven’t brought anything over just yet. We are using the Barrow on Saturday to bring most of the furniture over.’
“Tom said that he is helping Mickey with it.’
“Shouldn’t take them long I expect.’
He’s just been fed and he’s in his cot; Tom and I have been awake half the night.
I’m sorry Shirley; I can help you in the scullery.’
“You could make tea and some toast whilst I cook breakfast.’
Shirley fried some bacon as Alison made the tea and cut some of Tom’s bread and stuck it under the grill to toast. There were some scrambled eggs in another pan and some beans in another. She sliced some tomatoes and fried some mushrooms as Alison filled the pot with boiling water.
Tom came into the living room and said good morning to his friend.’
“ Is Colin cracking on then?’
“He doesn’t waste any time does he. He’s burning the old paint off the doors as we speak.
“It’s amazing how fast he works once he starts.’
“You have this place nice Tom said Mickey looking around. There was a metal sun clock on the wall with ornamental shelves that his father had made for him with little ornaments. There was another clock on the mantle and two photos, one of his parents and one of Shirley’s before their divorce. Shirley had spoken with her mother before they had parted in an effort to get them to reconcile but had failed because her mother was not prepared to compromise on there sex lives. Anyway they were both seeing someone else and seemed a lot happier.’
Her mother rarely visited her these days. She thought that Shirley could have done better for herself instead of marrying a baker.’ She thought her daughter should have married Gregory Thomas who liked Shirley. They had gone to school together and now he was a doctor.
Mickey liked the cocktail bar that stood in the corner of the room and the glass cabinet on the far wall with whiskey glasses with transfers of old coaches on them and wine goblets. On the top of the cabinet was a large brandy glass with an ornamental black cat trying to climb inside. There was an oval coffee table that his father had made for them. It was made out of oak and had been French polished.
The red patterned carpet upon the floor was set off with a white sheepskin rug.