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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“Anyway we had better go in,’ mother is putting out the dinner.’

Albert cleaned the hoe then placed it back into the shed and locked the door.

He took off his gardening boots then put on his slippers that he kept at the back door.

“Wash up you two I’m putting the dinner out.’

Albert ran the hot tap then poured some fairy washing up liquid into Bobby’s then his own hands and they used the nail scrubber to get the dirt out that was caked inside. Albert dried his hands first then passed the towel to his son. The smell from the mince and dumplings was getting to both men as Laura served it up with white cabbage. There was onion and carrots in the mince and Laura had to remind Albert to use his knife. Bobby told them what he’d been up to in Oxford.’

“Have you met anyone nice there asked Laura inquisitively?’

Like who mother?’

“You know like a nice girl.’

“I’m only nineteen mother I don’t want to be tied down to some girl.’

“Well I was only nineteen when I met your father.’

“Mother I want to get my degree and then get myself a good teaching job.’ I want to buy my own house one day.’

“You seem to have your life all mapped out.’

“I want to visit Rome; go visit the Vatican and to see the Spanish Steps and see the Coliseum. Then there’s France; Paris is beautiful in the spring William tells me.’ With Notre Dame Cathedral the Champs- Elysees, the Eiffel Tower and of course the Louvre.’

“I want to go to America and Canada then onto Australia and New Zealand.

“You don’t want much do you?’

It may take me a few years mother but once I have a teaching job the money I will be making will be saved up so that I can go.’

“I wish I’d seen more of the world.’

You still can mother, I mean you are not old.’

“Yes, I could couldn’t I.’

“What about me do I not enter into the equation said Albert.’

“I should like to go off alone on a voyage of self-discovery.’

“You mean like a sort of pilgrimage?’

“Sort of yes.’

“Well you will mother I’m sure.’

One day son, one day.’

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