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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He left a shed and a greenhouse and built a summerhouse to sit in the garden. They are now your sons to use as he wishes.

“Thank you Mavis I won’t forget this; please drop in anytime you know. The kettle is always on and I bake every single day.’

“That would be nice, thank you Nelly.’

I had better go tell my son the good news. Nelly hurried up Bedford Street then on to Northumberland Square to catch the bus back home. She was very excited that she had acquired a house not far from her own. She hoped her son would like the property.

When she got home she told Jack the good news then got a bucket some cleaning cloths and cleaning detergent. She found the dust pan and brush then went around to the house.

Nelly was shocked at how nice the house was. It was a right sun trap. She started by washing the front door then worked her way inside. She used another clean cloth to wash down the cooker and was surprised to see that the council had also left a fridge which was practically brand new. She disinfected it then went into the rooms washing and dusting. In a cupboard under the stairs she found a hoover vacuum cleaner with attachments. She hoovered every room thoroughly then finished off in the bathroom. She opened all the windows to let some air in then cleaned them.

When Albert came home from work his father told him that his mother was around at the new house. He hadn’t taken his coat off and raced around to find out what the place was like.

The house had a real cottage feel to it with rose bushes in the garden and a decorative border.

He knocked on the door and his mother let him in.’

“I got you it son; the keys are yours, go on have a look around. Once you get some carpets down and furniture in here it will look lovely. I’m sure Laura will turn the place into a lovely home.’

“As you can see, it has been painted and decorated.’ If Laura doesn’t like the wallpaper you can paper over it. “You have a week in which to decorate before you start paying rent. Your father can give you a hand to bring your double bed over.’ I will sort out some clean bedding for you.’ “What do you think?’  

It’s perfect.’

“Have a look at the back garden son there’s a summer house, a shed, and a greenhouse.’

Albert and his mother went outside into the back garden and there was a petrol mower and all of Mr Tilley’s woodworking and gardening tools in the shed. They were all oiled and neatly placed. The greenhouse had a heater and all of the pots were washed out. There were eight large terracotta pots used for growing tomatoes. I’m going to have to get green fingered aren’t I mam.’

“Yes, because there’s a vegetable patch at the back of the shed as well. I’m sure that your father will help you.’

There’s a telephone line here so you will have to ring BT and get connected, you can do that from our house.’

Thanks mam, I will have to tell Laura about this straight away.’

“You have to ring the rent office first though and tell them that you are taking the house.’

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