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 just wish you would stand up to her that’s all Albert.’ You give her everything her eyes cry for and you run around after her like some lap dog.’

“Come on mam she’s been ill, we nearly lost her.’

“Well at least you are sleeping together now.’ Is everything back to normal now?’

“Yes mother.’

“Well that’s good.’ A marriage will never survive without things going on in the marital bed.’

Albert wanted to tell his mother that he and Laura had not made love since she had come out of hospital.’ He hoped that now she had Bobby that things would change.

When Albert had finished his breakfast he asked his mother if she could come around for seven thirty in the morning.

“Of course I’ll come around, I want to see my grandchild.’

“I will call in on my way back from work son alright.’

“I have to get back mam, Laura will be waiting.’

Albert kissed his mother and said he would see her in the morning.’

“That girl has got our Albert wrapped around her little finger.’ She’s turning out to be just like her mother.’ “I think our Albert is looking pale don’t you Jack?’

“There certainly something troubling the lad, he seems withdrawn.’

“You could try talking to him tomorrow Jack.’

 “I don’t like to interfere Nelly.’

“He may open up to you; man to man like.’

“I won’t press him Nelly, if he has anything to say he’ll say it.  Just give him time.’

Nelly cleared away the dishes as her husband got up from the table and went back into the garden to finish off what he’d left.

When Albert returned Laura was getting herself ready. Bobby was playing with a soft toy on the floor.’

“You’ve been a while.’

“I was in the garden with Dad.’

“You had better change, I can smell bacon on your clothes.’

“My mother made me a fry up, sorry I couldn’t resist.’

“What about our healthy eating regime you agreed to stick to.’

“Laura you know how I love my fry ups on a Sunday please don’t ask me to give them up.’

“I suppose you’d only go around to your mother’s house and eat them anyway.’

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