In the fireplace there were brass companion set which held a brush shovel and a pair of brass tongs to place coal from the brass bucket; in the corner of the tiled fireplace stood a poker with a brass handle.
Shirley called her husband in for his breakfast and Tom ushered his friend into the kitchen and pulled out a chair and sat down.
His father had made all the cupboard space upon the walls where they placed the plates and other crockery. The units were the same; all made from maple and had brass handles on them. The floor had lino down in black and white squares which matched the fitted kitchen dining table and six chairs were made of a light maple that had all been made by his father. The seats were padded in black leather.’
The wallpaper was washable which was white with black swallows printed upon it.
Tom had used black and whit tiles around the kitchen which acted as a splash back for the sink.
The China plates had a black willow pattern design and were a gift from her aunt Nora who lived in Coventry. The stainless steel cutlery was another wedding gift.’
They had four toasters bought for them and lots of bedding.
Shirley served them all breakfast. She hardly ate a thing; preferring to eat just a slice of toast with Robertson’s Marmalade spread upon it.
Alison poured out the tea into the same designed tea cups and saucers as the dinning plates.’
I like your scullery said Alison; Mickey and I like yellow though don’t we love.’
I’m going to have sunburst yellow wallpaper with these little daffodils and my table is going to be chrome and the chairs bounce when you sit on them. We bought them from Shepherds didn’t we Mickey.’
“Aye,’ no expense spared for you love.’
“You want to see our bed, its double sprung you know made by Slumberland we got from one of his mates who works for the UBU on the coast road.’
“We have a water bed said Shirley.’
“Really; they are very expensive said Alison.’
“Well no expense spared when you need a good nights sleep is there.’
The comments fired back and forth all morning until Jeffery’s crying stopped them in their tracks.’
Shirley went to the cot and picked up her son and brought him into the kitchen.
Come and see who’s come to see you said Shirley in a soft voice to her son.
“Oh can I hold him Shirley.’
“Yes, it will give you some practice when you get one of your own.’
“Mind you having children is not to be taken lightly.’
“I can’t wait to have a kid of my own said Mickey.’
“I want a large family said Mickey.’ “There’s only me and wor Christine and I would have loved a brother.’
“Aye, me as well said Tom.’
“You two are like brothers; bloody inseparable.’
“Joined at the hip my mother says.’
“Oh what’s that smell; I think Jeffery has just filled his pants.’
“Give him here, you get used to it after the first three months. They are like machines. You feed them then they fill the nappies for you to wash. You see having babies isn’t all glamour you know; come with me to the bedroom and I will show you how to change one.’
Alison followed her friend into the bedroom.’
Where all you could hear was the sound of Alison gagging.’