Blessings Disguised

Blessings Disguised

In the eighties British society was in-crisis. It was not just felt within the industrial sector, but in law and order, the family, and race relations. The standard of living was greater… mine certainly was – particularly now I was a freelance colour retoucher as well as maintaining a full-time lecturing post. Trying to retain some sort of mental cohesion after hearing those terrible words ‘I love somebody else’ bounced around in my head, blotting out everyday matters and daily words of care. My legal separation was to end in divorce and loss of custody. My re-marriage to a like minded soul looking for all that I was seeking was eagerly sought. That new family welcomed their mother's happiness: as did her parents, brother, and friends. I knew I was very lucky and thanked god for giving me another chance to find a life-long partner! Now we could plan a future together.

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CHAPTER SUBJECT KEY
Page Count - 57 Word Count - 18,300
Setting the scene.
I. New Horizons:- Taken by surprise - Christmas cheer - Coming to terms - Effect on the children Solicitor - Custody - Family Welfare - Social Worker - Setting up my own studio - College Help - Leaving home - Paying back Rita's loan - Finding a new home - Keeping it secret - Suppressed excitement - Planning the move
II. Leighton Cottage:- Pinner Green - Two up two down - Maintenance - Decorating - New Studio - Gardening - Making a home - Coal Fires - Furniture - Love finds a way - Social Services error - Harrow Lions Club - Extension - Re-mortgage, paying back Rita's loan - Keeping up the freelance work
III. Re-Marriage:- Happy outcome - New family - Tinkers Hey - Appreciation of colour - Designing a course - Training for industry - Moving in - Josephine arrives - Financial services - Hill Samuel - Re-marriage - Holiday home - Spain - Charmandean - Aldenham - Selling Leighton Cottage - Sadness
IV. A Family Again:- A new family - We all get along - Weekly borders - Living near the school - Thornborough - College Farm - Freelance Studio - Waterways - Early Retirement - Ruff - Conventions - Financial services abroad - Selling up - Andalucia properties - Trevor Dine - Sir Joshua Hassan - Jersey Bank