It is midnight. A preserving-panful of jam is cooling. A wok-ful, poured there some time ago, is nearly cool enough to be potted. The third panful (in either direction) was potted slightly too early and now there is beautiful clear jelly at the bottom of the pots and plump strawberries at the top. I almost hope this batch will not quite set, so forcing me to reboil it and pot it again properly.
Otherwise, all is done for the night. Behind me, Tilly is breathing, not quite snorily but quite loud. Tomorrow (or is it today? I suppose so), Al & family, with Ro, are going to the Norfolk Show. Eileen and Tim are running the shop in the morning and I’ll take over at 12.30.
Some excitement, or what passes for it in Yagnub. One shopkeeper was heard, the other day, having a blazing row with his wife. Shrieks from her, shouts of “I’m not going to discuss it!” from him. He demanded that she leave and eventually dumped her shopping bags on the pavement. She stormed off. Al went in, a little later – “I couldn’t help hearing…?” “Oh, we’ve split up.” “Oh dear, I’m sorry.” “Nah, I walked out a fortnight ago. Should have done it a long time ago.” Ouch.
Over the road, the bargain shop remained closed on Monday, its windows whitewashed over, although all the goods were still there. He only took it over from his parents, who were retiring, at the beginning of the year. Rumour has it that he has gone out and got a job. *Shrug* I dunno. It always seemed pretty busy to me, although probably not so much since the discount store opened a few weeks ago. I’m sorry, because he was a good bloke and it was a useful shop.
There was some huffing in the local paper last week, because said discount store had posters in the window. It was felt that such blatant advertising was not really for Yagnub.
Overheard, Al to friend “What did you say to that lady, when she asked you how is your lovely wife?” “I said, I don’t really know. I haven’t seen much of her since she went off with another man.” “Ah.” “She was so embarrassed she nearly cried. I had to give her a hug to comfort her.”