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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“I will love you more my darling.’


The next morning they drove to Boliqueime and then through Aclaria and Loule there was a gentle breeze blowing as they made their way to Lisbon. They drove to the marina where there was several yachts tied up and he pointed to the one he was hiring for today.

“David you are so thoughtful.’

“I talked one of the residents into letting me sail her.’

“You can be pretty persuasive.’

The Mafra was moored along the second jetty and David let Cassie get on board before untying her and taking her out of the marina very slowly. Once out into the open water of the Tagus David let out the main sails and the jib. The wind caught the sails and they were gliding along at a steady six knots.

“Where are we going asked Cassie?’

“We’re going to Almada; I have a friend there who owns a nice restaurant.’

“Is there anyone that you don’t know?’

“I did an operation on his son a few years ago he fell cliff diving and broke his back it was touch and go whether or not he would walk again. Thirteen hours I was in surgery putting him back together with plates and screws.’

“Did anyone tell you that you are marvellous?’

“Many times but I just do my job.’

“Do you think that he will be pleased to see you?’

“I expect so, it was about four years ago when I did the operation.’

 “How old was the boy?’

About twelve I guess.’

“You haven’t seen him in all that time.’

“No, I haven’t, I got a letter from his father Rodrique though a couple of years back saying that Alexio was doing fine.’

 “His wife Mariana speaks very little English but she simply adores me.’

“No wonder you saved her son’s life.’

“She calls me Daffite.’

“You will like Rod, he’s a fantastic chef.’ I wish that I could cook like him.’

“He must be good if he’ can cook better than you because I thought you were exceptional.’

“I’m not even scraping the surface with this guy honestly. The things that man creates in the kitchen is mind blowing.’

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