A contemporary drama in a rural setting.
A contemporary drama in a rural setting.
Alice calls Brian about an unhappy farmer that Home Farm has an arable contract with and he reassures her that she can handle it. Brian’s pleased he convinced Alice to step in while Adam is recuperating, she’s doing really well. Meanwhile, Alice has to tell herself she’s up to the job even if she doesn’t feel like she is.
Brian’s visited Adam at home and thinks he looks worse than when he was in hospital. He tells him he’s drafted in Alice but that doesn’t lift Adam’s spirits, which Brian puts down to sibling rivalry. Brian thinks about his sister and how they’re no longer in touch. He doesn’t want the same thing to happen with the next Aldridge generation. At the end of the day, Brian relaxes with a drink. It’s been a good day on the harvest, Alice is off to a good start and Adam looked happier when he told him that the work is doing Alice good – giving her a sense of achievement by helping Adam when he really needs it.
Chris rings Alice at the Home Farm office. He wants to tell her that he’s thinking of her but she cuts the call short saying she’s too busy. He decides to cook something special to celebrate delivering the tree sculpture and Alice’s first day at Home Farm. Alice is pleased with how her first day has gone. She wants to celebrate and her heart sinks at the thought of Chris’s plans for the evening. She calls Chris to say she’s working late and will miss dinner. Chris understands there can be a lot to get used to in a new job. He loves Alice’s determination. He leaves the dinner in the oven and the table laid for Alice for when she gets home.
Emma emails the Flower and Produce Show committee with some video clips that Ben put together for her to prove her point that an ambitious live streaming plan will backfire on them. Chris has rung Emma on Alice’s behalf about giving up being on the committee for the Flower and Produce Show.
Alice hides in the old shed from Brian when he calls round. She wishes she was on holiday and remembers happy times with Chris in Valencia. Alice gets a message from Brian to be at Home Farm tomorrow morning. She doesn’t feel qualified for the work but then thinks about the eco-office which makes it more appealing.
Emma doesn’t know why Fallon is avoiding Natasha. Emma thinks Natasha is nice and seems happy, though she can’t be as happy as Emma is with her family and job – she feels like she’s really making a difference at the Tearoom. Meanwhile, Fallon has Natasha’s message of the Tearoom ‘embracing change’ on her mind as she does a stock take. If business at the Tearoom doesn’t improve, Fallon only has one option; Emma’s job will have to go.
Brian has asked Alice to take over running the Home Farm office while Adam is out of action but Alice is not keen. Chris thinks it’s a good idea but she’s annoyed with him for encouraging her to volunteer for the Flower and Produce committee. Alice moves some bottles of alcohol out of the house to an old shed. She sees it as a way of helping Chris because he can’t handle temptation whereas she can take control. When she goes to turn down the Home Farm work over text, Alice sees Brian has already messaged to say Home Farm needs her and she has to accept the job.
Fallon has an email and then a visit from Natasha. Fallon’s got two weeks to come up with a plan to improve the Tearoom business. Fallon thinks that’s unrealistic but really has no other option. She doesn’t tell Emma as she doesn’t want to burden her with these problems.
Chris prepares for a shoeing customer, Mrs Parkinson, he hopes by doing a good job it will off-set the negative things Thandi has been spreading about his work. Chris gets a call from Alice but instead of clearing the air after their row last night, tension between them remains. Alice insists she was only drinking tonic water and she tells Chris he’s boring.
Brian finds Adam injured and calls an ambulance. It seems he didn’t put the handbrake on the Land Rover and it rolled over his foot – he needs surgery on his ankle and had badly twisted his knee. It’s crucial harvest time – Brian can do the combining but wonders who he can call on to pick up the rest of the slack.
Emma and Fallon are busy with baking orders. As they work they discuss the Flower and Produce Show committee meeting – Emma’s first as chairperson. The committee voted in favour of her proposal to have a virtual show but they seemed to like Fallon’s idea of how to do it more than Emma’s. Emma doesn’t want people to know her for begging for money to save her Beechwood house dream but instead see her as a useful person doing things to bring the village together.
Fallon looks at the Tearoom’s figures which aren’t great. She wishes she could use the winnings from the scratchcard Harrison found. Later, Fallon’s shocked to hear from Helen that the Tearoom may not have a rent reduction for much longer. Natasha was also at their meeting and Fallon doesn’t appreciate her input on the Tearoom business. Fallon reminds herself to be more like Harrison and see the best in Natasha – she’s going to draw up a plan to help the Tearoom.
Going by how he felt when she arrived, Harrison never thought he’d be sorry to see Daisy go home. He thinks Fallon’s been brilliant with accommodating Daisy. Harrison’s now looking forward to a rest but Fallon has invited Joy over for a cup of tea. Fallon’s parceled up a panda that Daisy took a shine to during her stay. When Harrison searches for his wallet to post it, he finds a scratch card that Daisy found.
Tony needs to get the Flying Scotsman model train off Henry after Pat let him take it to his room. He finally hears from Johnny that he doesn’t want the train set. Tony wishes he’d set it up permanently somewhere during John’s childhood. Henry and Jack weren’t keen on it after all so Tony sets it up in his workshop. He looks forward to expanding it now it’s working with a new transformer.
After Joy’s visit, Harrison wants to set a romantic mood for him and Fallon but then Joy rings. The man who took away her rubbish that was then fly-tipped is back. Harrison can hear how intimidating he’s being so heads round there. Outside Joy’s house, Harrison watches Tim Oatey being arrested for number plates not matching his vehicle. The police will pass Tim’s details onto the Environment Agency which is looking at his waste disposal scam. Harrison has a quick chat with Joy but is eager to get back to Fallon to – finally – have the couple time he’d planned at the start of the week!
Fallon catches a few moments rest while Daisy plays with Rosie and Pip on The Green. Fallon wasn’t expecting Daisy to not sleep through the night. Meanwhile, Joy watches Daisy and Rosie from a bench on The Green and worries that Pip might be avoiding her after her rubbish was fly-tipped. Watching the girls play makes Joy miss her grandchildren. She wishes Rochelle would get in touch more.
Johnny doesn’t want to have John’s old model railway set on display at 1, The Green. As he tries to drum up the courage to talk to Tony, Johnny finds another scratch card. It’s not a winner but when he reads the small print he wonders if one that he’s already thrown away actually qualified for a prize. Later, Joy spots Johnny going through the bin outside 1, The Green. Johnny can’t find the thrown away scratch card. He’s not even sure it’s a winner. He thanks Joy for picking up some rubbish that has escaped his bin.
Fallon watches Harrison and Daisy have fun in the garden. Daisy’s settled with them now. Fallon’s surprised by what’s she’s enjoyed about looking after a toddler. Her thoughts turn to Joy and she realises she’s quite lonely so vows to be in touch with Joy more and to be a better neighbour.
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