‘Home looks nice. Allus does though don’t it? Perfick’ And so the Larkins – Pop Ma Mariette Zinnia Petunia Primrose Victoria and Montgomery – return from an outing for fish and chips and ice cream one May evening. There amid the rustic charms of home they discover a visitor: one Cedric Charlton Her Majesty’s inspector of taxes. Mr Charlton is visiting to find out why junk-dealer Pop hasn’t paid his tax – but nothing’s that simple at the Larkins. Mariette takes a shine to ‘Charley’ – as Pop calls him – and before long the family have introduced the uncomplaining inspector to the delights of country living: the lusty scents of wild flowers the pleasures of a bottle of Dragon’s Blood cold cream dribbled over a bowl of strawberries and hot hot summer nights. In fact soon Charley can’t see any reason to return to the office at all . . .