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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The lightning flashes lit up the front of the tent and Harry hoped that the water wouldn’t pull out the tent pegs.

It looked like the rain was on for the afternoon and many were packing up and leaving. Norman Beasley who owned the farm and the lakes came around with his two Irish wolf hounds wearing waterproofs and countryside Wellington’s that were used by many horse riders.

They heard him as he took payment from a tent about fifty metres away.’

 Harry knew Norman well enough he would not let a shower of rain deter him from making a few hundred pounds. Many thought that they could escape without paying but Norman had a CCTV camera which recorded all the car registrations. If anyone done off. When they returned he would not let them fish until they paid up for the time before. Most were honest enough to call in at the house and pay him before leaving. Harry paid Norman after introducing him to his girlfriend.

“She has got a fishing licence Harry, sorry to have to ask but if the bailiffs come around I get fined as well as you.’

Susan took out her licence from her coat and showed it to Norman who smiled.’

“It was well worth the five pounds each to fish there.’

Looks like nearly everyone has gone and it is meant to clear up about three.’

“Well we are only an hour and twenty minutes away from home so we will hang on I think.’

“Well enjoy the rest of your day bye for now.’

“Bye Norman.’

 As Norman walked to the next peg to collect his fees the alarm on Harrys rod sounded and he threw on his coat then went out to see to his rod. Susan wasn’t far behind as she pulled up the hood of her cagoule not that it was now raining heavy but it was drizzling enough to soak you if you stood out long enough. Harry played the fish on his line as it zoomed up the lake at a great speed of knots.

Susan got the net and made ready with it as Harry worked the fish. He bullied it until its head broke the surface and he knew that then the battle was won. It wasn’t as big as the mirror that Susan had caught, Harry took a guess at twenty six pounds twelve ounces. It was twenty seven two.’ By the time they had released it the rain had completely stopped and the sun came out. They ate lunch that Susan had made and drank more coffee.

By the end of the afternoon the total was five fish to Susan and three to Harry.

They dismantled the rods and then the rod rest frame. The alarms went into leather cases after he’d removed the batteries to stop them from corroding. The rods and reels were all wiped down and place neatly into their own bags and the reels into boxes inside his tackle box. Susan watched how everything went in its place to save space. It was precision engineering. Susan took down the bivouac and the tent pegs were then lifted out by Harry it was neatly folded along with the outer sheet and placed into its own bag. The metal tent pegs went into a separate bag.

The looked around when they were done to make sure they hadn’t left any rubbish or anything else before leaving and headed towards the car. Then again Harry stored it all away in the car he took a carrier bag from his pocket then removed his boots he used an old wooden clothes peg to clean his boots and put them inside the carrier bag. He slipped his trainers on.

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