Tom just about covered his costs at the food fair, but he also made some good contacts. One in particular is a cheese producer who was advocating membership of HEFF (Heart of England Fine Foods). Tom thinks they should consider it. Much to their relief, the bank has agreed that Pat and Tony can pay interest only on their loans for six months. Helen and Tom agree this will give them some space to breathe.
Jim discusses the latest book club novel. He suggests that the apple-picking scene, in which the whole village joins in, would be wonderful to see at Grange Farm. Joe tells Jim that Clarrie’s jobseeker’s allowance won’t be paid for weeks because she resigned instead of waiting to be pushed.
Meanwhile, Clarrie has volunteered to do an extra shift at the shop. She and Susan discuss Kenton and Jolene’s relationship, comparing it to characters in the book club novel. Susan worries about what food she’s going to provide for the next meeting.
Clarrie and Jim think Joe seems low. He loved all the fuss around his 90th birthday celebrations, but now he’s lost his sense of purpose. Clarrie recalls how down he was when they lost the farm; she’s concerned he might slip back. Jim says Joe’s loath to talk about how he’s feeling, which doesn’t surprise Clarrie.
WRITER: Nawal Gadalla
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