Derek is the gardener’s gardener. He is out in all weathers. He gets all the magazines, watches and listens to all the gardening programmes. He spends so much time in his greenhouse Eileen times meals around gaps in Derek’s schedule when she knows she won’t have any problem persuading him to come in for something to eat. Coffee is Derek’s other great love. Passion he saves for Eileen, despite his tendency to arthritis in his knees. He likes a good film and is fond of Star Trek and sci-fi productions. He really loves Eileen so when he finds out what she really is her “betrayal” hits him hard. He likes normal lives, things being what they’re supposed to be. He’s devoted to Jenny and Eddie and gets on very well with his son-in-law, Paul, much to Eileen’s disapproval. Derek is not above winding her up when he feels she’s merited it!
Paul likes gardening, movies, passionately loves Jenny and equally passionately loathes his mother-in-law. Paul and Jenny are into all kinds of music (most of which Eileen looks down on, added reason to like it as far as Paul’s concerned). Paul takes to fatherhood well and adores his son. He loves playing with Eddie’s toys as well as with Eddie! And for Eddie, bathtime isn’t bathtime unless Dad’s doing it. Dad seems to understand the need to get water all over the place unlike Mum. Paul enjoys driving, gets on very well with his father-in-law (whom he pities) though Paul is conscious that if Eileen weren’t around, he would miss baiting her so that counts as a hobby too! Paul likes wildlife (except squirrels who keep destroying bird feeders as Greyfur would be the first to testify).