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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Albert stood up and looked out of the large patio window that encompassed the whole back wall. Charlie pulled the sliding patio doors apart then led Albert into the extensive back garden that had a small pathway. The borders had a variety of different coloured asters and dahlias with viburnum. There was a wooden fence all the way around the garden. On the south facing side there was a greenhouse and a wooden potting shed.

“You must spend a lot of time in the garden Mr Millsap.’

“I do, gardening is a passion of mine.’

“Albert drank his tea as Charlie showed him the plants he was bringing on for autumn.’

“The garden is never without colour, I grow flowers all the year round. I have a portable heater in both the shed and the greenhouse.’

You will have to get some tips off my daddy you when we get our garden Albert; I do love a nice garden.’

“Yes,’ no doubt I will.’

 “Well I’d better be heading off Laura, my mother will be expecting me, and she worries about me still.’

Thank you for the tea Mrs Millsap, it’s been nice meeting you both.’

Laura showed him to the door and Albert said he would give her a call.’ He went to his car and slid into it then waved as he drove away. He was pleased that the interrogation was over with and that he could now relax. He thought that the meeting had gone well and that he’d handled the questions put to him quite adequately. When he got home he told his parents of the meeting and what her parents were like.

You will have to bring Laura for dinner Albert said his mother. Your father and I should like to meet her. Ask her to come this Sunday.’

“Alright I will.’

“I mentioned dad to her father Charlie mam and he said that he didn’t recollect dad’s name. He is the chairman of the racing pigeon club.’

“Yes,’ I think I’ve seen him before son. He’s a stickler for the rules is Charlie Millsap.’ Don’t worry about him son, he’s only a welder down at Smith docks not royalty you know.’ He likes authority I believe.’ He wangled a job as a shop steward in the yard when he first started, now he’s a convener.’

Albert went to his room and changed out of his suit before having his dinner.

Nelly Kinnear had made a rabbit stew, a couple of the lads from the allotment had gone shooting and had brought him a brace of pheasants and a couple of rabbits. They also supplied him with a dozen eggs from the chickens they bred. He in turn grew Leeks from good seed and passed on the plants.

Albert showed his mother and father his new car after dinner before lifting up the canopy then locking it.

The kids around here were good so he had no fear of anyone trying to break in or stealing it, they played football on the field near the reservoir and it was relatively quiet most of the time. 

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