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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“Give them a chance Elizabeth; I mean they’ve only be married a few months.’

“Well I told Charlie if he could put a decent roof over my head I would not get wed.’

“I would have lived in a shack as long as Jack and I were together.’ “You see I was never materialistic person.’ “We brought Albert up to appreciate the good things in life but not to make it his only goal. I love Jack regardless of what he has; he’s done right by me all these years.’

“That’s because you settled for second best. We’ve brought Laura up to settle for only the best.’

“Well that say’s a lot about our Albert then doesn’t it.’

“That’s your opinion not mine Mrs Kinnear.’

“I see, so you think that my son isn’t good enough for Laura is that it?’

“Albert would not have been my choice is all I’m saying.’

“Can I ask you then where you were brought up; I mean Charlie is only a welder down the shipyard is he not.’

“Charlie inherited a fair bit of money from his grandparents.’

“I see and as soon as you got wind of his money you were around him like a bee to honey I bet.’

“Certainly not; it was Charlie who begged me to marry him I told him that I was not in love with him but he persisted.’

“You see that is where we differ Elizabeth, I love my husband very much. “We are not poor you know Mrs Millsap; my husband is an engineer not some dock worker and Albert shall inherit a fair some when we both pass; but money isn’t everything is it.’

“You can’t do much these days without it.’

 “Maybe not in your hands no.’

Elizabeth was finally silenced. Jack and his son were in the garden and he was explaining how to cultivate plants for the spring. “Those vegetables you have there will see you into the early spring son but you have to set some plants away now so that they will be ready so plant out when the spring does come. Now what you have to do is rotate all of your crops. I will show you how it’s done.’

“The old man kept a book in the shed dad with what he had planted over the years.’

That’s good son now all you have to do is follow what he’s written and change the crop that was there previously. Now we can prepare a bed for them now by digging in some well-rotted manure and spread some bone meal and lime to break up the clods of soil.  Jack stuck a piece of bamboo cane down as far as he could then pulled it out again. It went down two feet. That’s good soil there son. The old man must have looked after his garden well. They got a wheelbarrow and ferried the manure onto the patch of land that would be used to plant out the early crops. They went into the green house and sowed cabbage, cauliflower, lettuce, beans, peas, and broccoli. The heater was turned on and the temperature in the green house slowly began to heat up.

“Now come March we will plant out potatoes, beetroot, carrots, radish, onions, and white turnips. That way you will always have something which you can harvest and eat. All the available space can be used up. Don’t worry about your bedding plants because I will be growing them. 

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