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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She contemplated working for Hector Fernandez but then she thought differently, she could actually set up her own massage parlour and still have enough for care for her mother, and have enough money to send Nathaniel to the best university in California.




Michael packed his own case before leaving for the airport his flight was at eleven o’clock that evening he took his own car and would meet Norman Fawcett, Dave Ritson and Paul Tucker Grant at the airport. Evelyn kissed him and told him not to come back without the belt. He smiled at her then said “consider it done.’  Evelyn had decided not to go to America with him this time as she didn’t want him worrying about her stuck in some hotel somewhere whilst he trained. It would only be a distraction. Her father Willie and brother Alan went over because it was an all-expenses paid trip. Judith Owen chose to stay at home too. She did not like boxing and thought it barbaric. She sat with her embroidery contented at the peace and quiet. Harry was away for the week fishing with Susan Hedley in the Loire Valley in France. They had booked it in advance and had been both saving so they could go.  They had been seeing each other for over six months now and were madly in love.

Harry remembered when he and Susan had got together when her parents went to Paris for the weekend and they were left in the house by themselves. Harry had booked a trip to France via the Ferry.

Susan had rang the shop to tell him that her parents had left and to come straight down. Harry had taken his driving test only two days before and passed. Now he could drive the van down to Susan’s which would save her from having to drive him home. He placed all of his fishing equipment into the brand new Bedford Van. They would have to drive to Portsmouth and then pick up the Ferry to Caen. The five hour drive to Portsmouth was fun for Harry who loved the open roads and the countryside. They set off early and made only one toilet stop, they had a quick cup of coffee and a mars bar then it was back on the road again. They made Portsmouth at five o’clock. Just in time for the ferry which left port at five thirty. They showed their passports and all of their travel documents before sailing across the English Channel. They sat holding hands on the top deck looking out at the French coastline they had another 3 hour drive to the Le Moulin de Boutineau once they reached Caen.  For November the temperature was still warm at 68%. Harry explained about the cottage and that there was even a hot tub and a spar there was also a swimming pool, games room and a bar. Their evening meals and breakfast would be cooked for them starting at 6 a.m. depending what time they were setting out or they could take a ready-made packed lunch each. There was a bait shop with English speaking people who would offer advice on the best pegs in the six swims that were available. There was also a 15 acre stretch of farmland. There was a large chateaux and a vineyard that they could visit. But all harry and sue could think about was the fishing. They had been informed that there was some 50 lb. plus carp in the two acre lake. There were also catfish up to 60 lbs. and some even bigger sturgeon. In the other swims there was the chance to target some large perch, pike, bream, tench, and Koi carp which were some of the world’s most beautiful coloured fish. Like giant goldfish these Japanese species were brought over and bred here. The strict catch and release scheme was adhered to and they made you sign a disclaimer so that if any fish was wilfully killed or mistreated then that person would face prosecution and a 500 franc fine.

When the car ferry docked they were allowed to drive off and travel through France.

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