Saturday, 9 June 2018

Wednesday, 6 June 2018


I took a tea and a coffee order to a table in the conservatory and offered the couple a choice of brown and white sugar, as usual.
The gentleman had the coffee.
“White sugar, please,” he said, “the brown stuff is far too healthy”

Monday, 4 June 2018

Mightier than the sword

It’s lovely when people take the trouble to write in the visitors’ book. 
Although when I see anyone hunched over it with a pen it makes me nervous after once a lady wrote that I should stay behind the scenes and let the younger members of the team do the serving.
These entries came from half term week:

Today the schools went back and we returned to a more relaxed lunchtime. The calm before the summer holiday storm?

Saturday, 2 June 2018

Untapped talent

The hot, muggy weather has continued into the last weekend of half term.
This afternoon I was clearing a table. Left on it was a full and unopened bottle of still water. The lady at the next table had spotted it:
“Excuse me,” she said, “would you mind if I have that water for my dog? He won’t drink from the bowl.” I told her she had a very posh pooch (no, she said, just fussy) and handed her the water, then watched as she held the bottle to the mouth of the dog - a sausage sort of variety.
The dog drank.
From the bottle.

Friday, 1 June 2018

Sore eyes

Mad May.
Two Bank Holidays.
Three weeks of sunshine and heat. One week of thunder, showers and half term.
One day in the middle of it all where we held a lunch in the garden for twenty nine of the Shrewsbury Wives Fellowship and when they left their seats we filled them with twenty nine former teachers from Walsall.
We’ve lost a few chairs (the old plastic ones won’t last much longer).
We’ve gained a bike (left outside the door and no one’s come back for it).
We’ve also taken delivery of Jim’s bench.
I’ve written about Jim a few times, the last time on 17th October last year.
We thought long and hard about what his bench should say and this is what we came up with:

It sits in the garden facing towards the door and is visible from the counter. It gives me a lift just like he always could.

Saturday, 19 May 2018

A good marriage

Yesterday I made Lemon and Elderflower Drizzle cake.
I had made an elderflower cake last year, using a single lemon.
It was fine but not great. The elderflower was barely there and there wasn’t enough lemon.
So I tried again, raised the number of lemons, added homemade elderflower cordial into the mix and then once it was cooked I skewered a few holes and dripped more cordial into the cake before adding the drizzle topping.
Much better.
A real relief.
I rang Emma (21) who was due into work in an hour. I had forgotten to make a sign for it. Could she knock something up, please?
This is what she arrived with:

Such a talent.
The sign did its job and this morning I’m going in to bake more.
I doubt Harry and Meghan’s cake looks like mine, which is an unadorned traybake, but it’s certainly a good combination now I’ve sorted the balance.

Wednesday, 16 May 2018


Today Brian came in for his lunch.
He’s a regular visitor, one of the men who visits on his own. He’s been coming a few years now and recently we’ve started to chat a little more.
Today he brought me a gift.
A thoughtful, local gift from one of the other places he visits.
I just hope it’s not a comment on my cooking.