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.


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“Ah so that’s what you’ve been up to, couldn’t wait could you not said Shirley.’

“We were just getting acquainted weren’t we Eric?’

“Oh yes and I cannot wait to get to know you a little better he laughed.

They finished their drinks then headed out to the exit where the mini cab was parked over the road.

They hurried over the road then got into the cab.

“Where you going mate asked the driver?’

“Maharajah’s curry house on Vicarage Road please.’

The cab sped off along the road leaving two young lads trying to flag it down.



Buttering a slice of toast for his wife Albert then poured out a cup of tea placed it neatly onto a tray with a pot of jam and a flower from his garden. He was really efficient in the garden now having spent lots of time with his father and father in law in both their gardens. He now knew when to plant out and when to harvest crops all the year round and when to plant flower seeds and bring them on in the greenhouse. He walked up the stairs to his wife’s room and went in.’

“Laura are you awake.’ I’ve made you breakfast.’

“What time is it?’

“It’s just after nine o’clock.’

“Has Bobby got up yet?’

“Bobby has been up for ages; he’s gone out.’ It is Saturday.’

“Where has he gone?’

“I don’t know.’

“Didn’t you ask him, God men?’

“Well he’s a man now Laura I cannot tell him what to do.’ Look eat your breakfast I’m going into the garden there’s a few plants that need pricking off in the potting shed.’

Albert walked back down the stairs then out of the back door into the garden. He wore his blue gillet over his clean shirt. He rolled up the sleeves then set to work pricking of pansies for the coming winter bed.  His mind began to wonder again as he thought back to when the news arrived from the adoption agency some twenty three years ago. Laura was so excited when she had received a telephone call asking her and her husband to attend Cornerstone house in Hexham on the 3rd of July 1977. It had been over a year since their application to adopt a child had gone in. This time Laura drove the Volvo 66. She parked in the grounds before quickly getting out and then hurried to the office leaving Albert behind.

Mrs Patricia Allen met her. She waited for Albert and asked them both to come into her office.’

“I have good news for you both Patricia announced, we may have a suitable child.’

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