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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Mutual respect he calls it.

“He says I am fantastic with a scalpel.’

They sailed for over thirty miles until they saw the coast of Almada. “Not long now darling.’ Another half hour and we’ll be there. His restaurant is nearby so we don’t have far to walk.’

“I was wondering if we would have to take a cab ride.’

“No,’ it is literally five minutes’ walk from the marina.’

You could have told me I would have brought a change of clothes. We can visit the market and buy something new to wear. “I want to buy Rod and Marianna a nice gift and something for Alex too, so soon as we dock we can head to the market square.’

“Alright,’ Good job a brought a canvas bag isn’t it.’

“You can pick them up for next to nothing in the market Cassie.’

“Would you like to steer for a while I have to go to the loo.’

“Okay,’ Cassie took the wheel as David disappeared down stairs.’ It was amazing how confident she had become since they first met. She thought back to when she had been married to Sandy. He wouldn’t let her do anything as adventurous as sailing a yacht.

David washed his hands in the small basin after using the toilet. He dried his hands then came up top.

“How’s she handling?’

“She’s a dream David, smooth as silk.’

“You can turn her North Easterly now.’

Looking at the compass in front of her she turned the wheel until the boat swung to the right. They were only two miles from the harbour and David said “you take her in.’

“Me,’ but I’ve never docked a boat before.

“I’ll guide you in, just follow my instructions.’

“David this yacht is worth about two million pounds.’

“It’s four million actually but you will be fine trust me.’

As the yacht got ever closer to the port, David asked her to drop the sails. She released the winch and the sails came down slowly David tied them off the boat had now slowed right down she eased up on the tiller and the yacht slowly glided into the harbour.

“Keep her steady Cassie, turn off the engine.’

Cassie followed the instructions and the yacht went past all the other boats until she found a place she steered the boat until David was able to jump off with a rope and secure her to the jetty. The Mafra came to a gentle halt.’

“She went to the bow and threw David another rope and the boat was safely moored.’

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