Four young boys are accused with robbery. one of them with murder, Hanging in Britain was still prevalent at that time. Can one of them escape the hangman's noose?'
Ruby White the petite honey blonde who works in a chemist shop spends her lunch break reading poetry in the local library. it is there that she meets Richard Llewellyn Shaw a writer and poet from Wales who has come to the North East to write a book. A relationship develops even though he is eight years her senior.
Then there is Jessie Longworth who has been saddled with looking after her father who is in the early stages of dementia. She is unable to cope with looking after her father, and her family and asks her brother Edward if he will take her father for a while. Joe Corder is an ex-dock worker. He worked hard all his life and gives his son his savings to help him start his own business. He meets Elizabeth who comes from a well to do family who all look down on Jessie and her father. She will not have him in her home.


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“That is beautiful Richard said Maggie as they all applauded.’

“More wine anyone said Richard as he drained his glass. Another bottle was quickly opened and they all partook in some as Richard served his main course of cawl made with rabbit served with bread buns and fresh butter.’

“You were right Richard this stew is lovely.’

You are wasted my friend said George; you should have been a chef.’

“As much as I love cooking I could never be a chef because my passion lies within pages of an empty book. I feel that I must write or I will surely die.’

“Wow that’s pretty powerful stuff Richard.’

When they had all finished Ruby helped wash the dishes and then dry and put them away as the two women cleared the dining table then polished it.

“I think we should all go for a walk around the woods now; it is lovely at this time as the wild life around here come out.’

“Yes we need to walk off that big meal we’ve just eaten.’

“Well you have to make room for apple pie and custard said Richard laughing.’

“Now you will all need some boots to wear, I have some in my shed that you can borrow and it will keep your shoes clean.’

Inside the smaller shed was an array of tools all neatly placed on racks on the wall

There were several pairs of walking boots and clean woollen socks in various sizes all marked on the inside. There was a garden bench that they all sat on to put the boots on when they had all tied the boots on Richard took Ruby by the hand as they stood briefly outside then he led the way into the woods on a familiar trail. The woods were a mass of chestnut tree’s and further on apple trees. They wondered why Richard had brought a large bag with him until he shook the trees and the apples fell from the branches in abundance. “I have a ready made larder here said Richard with a grin. Rabbits roamed the woods and the sound from the cock pheasants and wood pigeons filled the air as Richard gathered enough apples to make several pies for both Betty and Maggie. They came to a stream further on and the smell of wild garlic filled the air. From inside the bag he pulled out a trowel and dug a few cloves that Maggie and Betty could hang and use when required. Then they walk over to the field where there was a pathway looking into the field. There were plenty of flat and button mushrooms ripe for the picking. He gathered both. Then he picked some wild herbs and rocket that they could make salad with. They had walked a good three miles so Richard turned back and they headed back to the cottage. “Look over there said Richard as he pointed over towards the hill.’

“Yes I see it said George. There was a large stag on the hillside.’

“When the winter arrives here they will come into the woods for food and shelter the snow is too deep on the hills for them to forage. That’s when the farmer allows me to shoot a deer. “I hang the meat once I’ve butchered it. Nothing goes to waste as the hide is taken and made into hand bags or suede coats. The one that I wear now and my brown sued shoes were all made from a six pointer that I shot last year. The meat lasts me until the following winter. The liver, kidneys, and heart, along with the rabbits and pheasant’s I supply the butcher with. They are sold or exchanged for pork sausages, and beef, and lamb.

Like I said’ I have a ready made larder. I do not starve here.’ “I can live off the land for virtually nothing.’ “Now I am in talks with the farmer who owns this cottage and I am going to buy it.’ “He is haggling over price at the moment but I know he will sell it to me eventually.’

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