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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Susan did most of the talking because her French was better than Harry’s she explained that they were interested in buying the farm house cottage and the land behind. Charles said the farm came with 20 acres of land. They had no children to pass the land onto so they had decided to sell it for a bargain price of only 180.000 francs.

 “We hope that someone can use the land as we did. We came here just before the war and stayed it was my grandfather’s farm and it was passed down to me. I had six people working for me until 1980 when I decided to retire.

The couple showed them around the two barns and the cottage that were still in good condition. The three bedroomed cottage needed some work on it but Susan knew that Harry could fix the place up for them both to live in it.’

After showing them around Susan declared that they would think about it and give them a ring in the morning.

Susan got into the van and they drove off.

Do you know how much they are asking for the farm and the cottage and the barns?’

“Yes,’ 180.000 francs

“That is about £18.000 pounds. I’m sure we can get them to accept £15.000

“Do you really think your father has £15.000 pounds?’

I’m sure he has and anyway like I said he has money put away for me.’

How much is that shop and the business worth?’

“I don’t know maybe £10.000 and change.’

“Okay if we buy the farm you can sell the shop for say eleven grand that will cover the price of the holding tanks and the excavation to make another large lake. We can bring wood and other tools and materials from England which will save us some money. My father has a van that we can load up with furniture. The water runs fine in the cottage I checked and there is a wood burning stove to heat water for a bath. You can build a modern kitchen around the aga but we will leave the large stone sink as I like it. We can fit a new toilet but the bath is fine. Did you notice the large oak beds in each room and wardrobes and drawers? You can sand those down and restore them back to their former glory.’  This place is going to be a gold mine I tell you Harry. Once we buy the place and develop it then I will advertise it via the computer. We can make your own web page now and advertise all over the world. I would like to get this up and running by next summer Harry. It is going to be back breaking work but it will be worth it.’ It will be an angler’s paradise.’

“Hey that’s a good name for the place, how do you say that in French?

“Paradis de Pecheurs.’

“Bloody Perfect.’

They drove to the ferry landing and then checked in on board “The Spirit of Free Enterprise.’ Which would take them back across the channel to Portsmouth.

Once the van was stowed away Susan rang her father using the chunky phone with the large Ariel.

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