The story focuses on three families. The Kinnear's, The Millsap's, and the Owen's. All different. They live very different lifestyles. Albert Kinnear the Librarian, who's parents came from Swindon but live in Pinetree Gardens, his father Jack is an engineer. He is a keen gardener and Pigeon fancier. Albert meets the daughter of Charlie and Elizabeth Millsap. They live on Kenton Road, in a bought property. He also is a pigeon man who has wangled his way into a chairman's job. he is a welder down the docks. No one is good enough for their daughter and they resent the relationship between Laura and Albert. Then there is William Owen(Willick) a roofing builder who lives in Cedarwood Avenue with two son's and a daughter. Alan is a jack the lad; he will sleep with any woman given the chance. Harry the youngest is a joiner and the brains in the family. Evelyn his daughter is twenty five and her father is pushing her to meet a man and get married so he can have grandchildren.


10. 10

“Is everyone ready asked Albert to which there was a rapturous reply from all the boys?’ Albert released the hand break then pulled out of the car park onto the main road and headed towards Newcastle. No sooner had the bus pulled away when the boys began to open bags of Tudor crisps. The smell emanated throughout the bus and Albert opened the small window to let in some fresh air. They drove to Hexham then onto Corbridge. The bus climbed the rugged pathway to moors of the North Pennines and to the fell tops to Alston before making a stop at the railway station to see the old steam engines. “Alston is the highest market town in England he told the boys.’ The boys all enjoyed taking the numbers of the old trains before boarding the bus again and travelling to Hartside. There was a 1900 feet drop to the Eden valley which was beautiful. The sun was getting out now and the azure sky came bursting through the light clouds. The natural beauty of the place had the kids all pointing as they spotted falcons and some barn owls and other birds that used the fells as their habitat.

Rabbits and hares frolicked on the hillsides unawares of any immediate danger. They were often run over by passing cars as they wandered onto the roads. The next stop that they made was in Melmerby where they visited the local bakery. Of course the boys all tried the free samples of pies and pasties that were given out. After a quick toilet stop they drove onto Keswick.

No matter how many times Albert drove through the small village he was captivated by its ambiance. The people there were very friendly and made them all welcome as they walked around. Albert pointed out places where the boys could buy things to take back like key fobs, pens, toffees, biscuits and Kendal mint cake. Albert bought a selection of post cards and gifts for his work colleagues. He bought Laura a carved wooden stag and her mother another ornament. He said when she looked at the ornament, it would remind her of the time that she’d spent here with him. They walked for about four miles crossing the little footbridge before visiting the smallest house in the world.

“You were right Albert this place is beautiful. They found a place where they could have a picnic and the boys were happy to just sit around in the sunshine. Albert opened his picnic hamper after spreading a tartan blanket down. John Gibson and Polly sat around with them and Paul Thomson and Wendy had brought some quiz sheets for the boys to do. They had to write in the answer spaces what animals and birds they had seen. Then they had to tell them what tree the leaves and berries come from there was nature badges at stake so everyone was quietly getting on with their questionnaires. Albert poured them coffee from his thermos flask that was surprisingly hot after being out three hours. She added some sugar and milk that he’d brought separately then opened the Tupperware boxes with food. There was feast with various sandwiches, cold chicken, boiled eggs, salad and some bread buns that they’d purchased from the bakery. The combination of exercise and fresh air had given them all an appetite and Laura was surprised at how hungry they all were.’

Albert told her that the usually went to Patterdale and Ulswater where they camped over the weekend in the summer. “Will you be going this year?’

“I expect so.’ It’s really good fun as the boys have to learn how to cook and forage for food.

“John Gibson has a fishing licence and usually goes fishing for rainbow trout with Polly. He came back with six nice fish last time which we cooked on an open fire in foil stuffed with fresh herbs and wild garlic.’

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