73. How to Make a Dog Lead from Fabric

Make a dog lead from fabric

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This episode is subtitled: ‘Wish I was glamorous…’

So there we were at the public meeting, keen to have our little protest about the proposed new supermarket. Kim was looking radiant, I was looking like I’d walked through a waterfall and out into a gale, and who should be hosting the meeting but Shaun McArthur.

‘Let’s nab him at the end and call in a few favours,’ said Kim, excited by this new opportunity.

‘What favours does he owe us?’ I said, pointing out the obvious flaw in her suggestion.

‘Well, having a friend on the planning committee’s got to be worth something,’ she replied.

Friend? I had one slow dance with him over 30 years ago, which Kim probably doesn’t even know about. And I bet she’s never spoken to him in her life. My mind was whirring. Friend. I would love to be his friend but I’d like to be in fresh dry clothes with my hair not plastered to my face for my next encounter. Talking to him tonight was out of the question.

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72. How to Make a Reusable Tissue Box to Match Your Room

How to make a reusable tissue box to match your room

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This episode is subtitled: ‘Ground, please swallow me up…’

‘That’s great, Sandra. Well done,’ said Kim, congratulating the manager of the chemist for getting her head office on board with our protest.

Meanwhile, Jaz had her head in a flower arrangement she was making and there was a faint rhythmic murmuring coming from her direction, ‘Yaaay to independents. Nooo to multinationals. Yaaay to independents…’ I don’t think she was conscious she was doing it.

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71. How to Make an Infinity Scarf from Old T-Shirts

How to make an infinity scarf from old t-shirts

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This episode is subtitled: ‘Another one joins the cause…’

‘He’s as stubborn as ever!’

Jaz was exasperated at not being able to persuade Old George in the hardware shop to show a bit of solidarity with the rest of us. We’re trying to get all the shops along Linnet Row to oppose the plans for a Skolkensson supermarket in the old pub building opposite but I think George likes to be awkward for awkward’s sake.

‘I hope you have more luck with Colette,’ she said. ‘Kim won’t be happy if we fail to get the hardware shop and the beauty salon on board.’ 

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70. How to Make a Trinket Jar from an Old Face Cream Pot

How to make a trinket jar from an old face cream pot

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This episode is subtitled: ‘Kim, ready for action…’

‘Hi Kim. Nice trip?’

‘Hi Jaz. What’s this news about the pub?’

‘It’s going to be a Skolkensson supermarket unless we can find a way to stop it,’ said Jaz enthusiastically.

Jaz hadn’t stopped going on about global capitalism and fair trade since we first heard that the Scandinavian supermarket was interested in buying the old pub building opposite. She’d been itching to get out there and march for the small independents. I’d told her that Kim would spring into action when she got back from her short break. I knew she would be on a mission to make sure Teacups & Tulips remained a viable business.

‘Let’s rally the troops!’ shouted Kim, more to herself than anyone else, and she disappeared out of the shop to talk to the other shop owners along Linnet Row.

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69. How to Make a Necklace from an Old Tie

Make a necklace from an old tie

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This episode is subtitled: ‘Where’s Kim when I need her…?’

‘My garden’s not looking too bad,’ I said, ‘now that the leaves are coming through on the shrubs and my miniature rhododendrons are starting to show signs of colour. Oh, and my Clematis Montana is so pretty, winding up over the roof of my neighbour’s pergola.’

Jaz wasn’t captivated by my chit-chat but I prattled on, nonetheless. I’d been feeling calmer about the Open Gardens event in May, thinking that I might not be too embarrassed when visitors arrive after all. I was just telling her about my idea for tubs of bedding plants for a splash of colour when Beryl bustled in, a bit late, taking advantage of the fact that Kim was away for a couple of days.

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68. How to Revamp a Set of Dining Chairs

Revamp a set of dining chairs

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This episode is subtitled: ‘Will my garden be good enough…?’

‘Ooh, I’d love to see your garden, Jenny,’ said Mrs Lucas. She was delighted that I’d volunteered to be included in our local Open Gardens event next month.

Why do customers naturally assume that florists are good gardeners? We work with cut flowers that have been grown by someone else – an expert!

‘It’s a very small garden,’ I responded, suddenly unsure that I wanted a stream of locals judging my mediocre efforts. I’d signed up to the event to get into the community spirit and help raise some money for charity.

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67. How to Make an Inexpensive Plant Gift

How to make an inexpensive plant gift

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This episode is subtitled: ‘Grumpy Old George…’

‘Earth to Jenny…’

Jaz was trying to wake me from my daydream. I just can’t get Shaun McArthur out of my head since he walked into the shop last week, more than 30 years after our last encounter.

‘Sorry Jaz. What were you saying?’

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66. How to Make a Magnetic Photo Frame from a Jam Jar Lid

Make a magnetic photo frame from a jam jar lid

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This episode is subtitled: ‘Of all the gin joints in all the towns…’

‘I love being busy,’ said Jaz, ‘but isn’t it nice to be calm once in a while?’

I agreed. ‘And it gives us a chance to enjoy the new surroundings. Did you notice our new containers for the gift cards match the containers for sugar sachets on the tables? Kim’s design really has brought the two halves of Teacups & Tulips together.’

Jaz was just about to tell me something else that she’d spotted when a customer came into the shop. There was something familiar about the way he walked but it wasn’t until he reached the counter that I realised it was Shaun. His face was a little craggy but there was no doubting it. My legs felt as if they were giving way so I grabbed hold of the counter and composed myself.

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65. How to Make a Cushion Cover from an Old Jumper

How to make a cushion cover from an old jumper

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This episode is subtitled: ‘Pull yourself together, Jenny…’

‘No Beryl, not like that,’ I said exasperatedly for the umpteenth time that morning. She’d been loaned to us from Teacups to help with the Mothers’ Day preparations and, whilst she was very keen, I was just wondering whether we’d be faster without her when Guus, our lovely Dutch flower supplier, came in with a mountain of new stock for our busy weekend orders.

‘This place is looking better every day!’ he said.

‘I know. I just wish we hadn’t still got two extra bodies and a set of tools in here with all these flowers to contend with,’ I whispered, with a little nod towards Joe and Barry, the builders. Every day they’d promised they were nearly finished.

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64. How to Make a Key Fob from a Wine Cork

How to make a key fob from a wine cork

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This episode is subtitled: ‘Will the building work ever be completed…?’

‘How could I have been so stupid?’ wailed Jaz, for the third time that morning.

I was just about to reassure her yet again when Beryl popped up between us, handed me a funeral tribute that we’d failed to notice had got separated from the rest of the order during the builders’ chaos that morning, and said to Jaz, ‘Love is blind, love.’

It’s a cliché but Beryl’s right. It was obvious to the casual observer that something didn’t add up with Darren but when you’re being swept along in the excitement of young love you can’t see it.

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