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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from a disused range for £20 pounds with fittings, toilet roll holder, and a mirror and cabinet thrown in for just £10 pounds.

At the auction she bought a Sofa and two chairs a rug, an oak kitchen table and four chairs all for just one hundred pounds. Her mother had made new cushions for the chairs. She purchased a canteen of silver cutlery and a full dinner service for fifty pounds. Her mother gave her bedding and other bits and bobs. She purchased an electric kettle and her father gave her some old sauce pans and stew pots, cake tins, trays and a frying pan. When everything was carefully stored away in tea chests all wrapped to avoid breakages. Her father gave her some promotional glasses from Heineken, Becks, and Carlsberg. As well as fruit bowls and dishes which had not been used.

She kissed her father and mother and they both thanked them for all of their help. Harry got into big van and then pulled out of the car park with Susan following behind him and they headed for Portsmouth again.

The five hour drive was done none- stop because they had to catch the ferry that would leave at 5.30 p. m. that evening. It would be about eight when they arrived. They had informed Charles Berger of their arrival who said he would be there when they arrived with the deeds to the farm.  They would be handed over and payment made.

Once they reached Portsmouth they had just forty minutes to spare; they quickly found the terminal and drove through with their documents ready.

“Well this is it love; no turning back now.’

“You have that money safe haven’t you Harry. I mean we can’t afford to lose five thousand pounds in French Francs.’

“It’s here pet, I won’t let it out of my sight.

The ferry couldn’t sail fast enough for the young couple, they stood on the deck holding hands looking across at the French shoreline.

When the ferry docked they were quickly on the move again, it had been an exhausting week for all of them including Susan’s parents. Harry had told his that he would ring them. His father drew out a thousand pounds and give it to his son so now he had the six grand that he needed. To install the holding tanks and to excavate the new lake.

They drove through the French countryside taking in all the sights. They drove through the village of Saumur with its church and small shops and a local bar. Some old men were playing a game of boules and drinking a glass of wine. They greeted them with smiles as Susan waved from the van.

They came to a halt in the road and turned right. The farm was just three hundred yards down the road. They spotted the old Citron car in the drive and drove through the gates and parked outside of the cottage.

Bonjour Charles said Harry shaking his hand.

“Come into the cottage, Fabienne has made supper for us.’

“That is nice of you both said Harry.’ In broken French.

“I hope that you like Rabbit stew.’

“Oh yes said Harry as Susan Joined him.’

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