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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“I do hope that she doesn’t say anything to Sandy, because if she does, God knows what Sandy might do to me.’

“Don’t worry Cassie, I know some good friends in the legal profession who will sort him out.’


When they reached David’s house, Cassie was well impressed the old Victorian styled building that had a stone pillared porch way. It had light grey coloured brickwork at the front of the property with two large bay windows. There were two upper floor bedrooms and two attic rooms. The garden had painted iron railings and a small lawn. The inside of the property impressed Cassie as David had mixed the old with the new giving the house a truly modern feel. The original fireplaces were painted white and in the place where the grate was a modern electric fire with stones was put in its place. Flames from the stones could be seen from a glass front.

The house was a lot bigger inside than she had anticipated. There was a separate Kitchen and dining room. She loved the way David had used the wooden floors which had been stripped sanded down and then polished. The Cupboard units were all maple and had brass handles fixed on them and the bench tops a dark grey marble with flecks of white in them.

“Have a look upstairs Cassie whilst I make a start on dinner.’ Would you care for a glass of wine?’

“Yes thanks.’

She walked up the stairs that had some oil paintings some copied by Salvador Dali. The walls were painted in a neutral colours. The heavy wooden doors were original but were now painted white with round brass knobs.

Inside the rooms were bright and airy each one had a four poster bed and an original fireplace.

The walls had been painted in a turquoise colour. The ceilings were all painted white they had rose pattern designs on them. There were wall lights and a chandelier in every room. His bathroom had the original free standing cast iron bath with stainless steel legs which had been white enamelled with the original stainless steel tap features on both the bath, wash basin and the toilet. Even his shower had stainless steel taps. The bathroom was completely tiled both on the walls and the floor. There were navy blue and grey tiles on the wall with a silver grey borders and silver grey tiles on the floor that were about a foot square. The towels neatly placed on the shelves were white and there was a white terry towelling dressing gown hanging on the back of the door. Cassie loved the two attic rooms with the large skylights. She imagined looking up and gazing at the stars as she lay in bed.

When she had come down again David had put the steaks with Stilton cheese into the oven and was now scrapping new potatoes. The French beans were boiling away nicely in some salted water. After he’d put on the new potatoes; David made a start on the sorbets. Cassie was intrigued as she’d never had a sorbet before. David took a lemon then peeled it then added it to a cup of water and a half cup of granulated sugar. He brought that to a boil and then let it simmer for 5 minutes. Then he poured the syrup into a bowl he added a half cup of mineral water and the juice of one lemon with the zest of one lemon he placed that to one side for decoration. He brought down an ice cream maker and poured the mixture in side and let it whip away whilst he turned down the potatoes.

David then washed 6 large strawberries and sliced them in half and poured some lemon juice into a bowl and set the strawberries inside.

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