Monday, 31 January
Susan’s thrown by Adam’s appearance at the dairy as her willing assistant in the absence of Clarrie. Adam attempts to warm Susan up with some conversation openers, pointing out the two of them have never really actually had a conversation. Susan joins in and soon the two are laughing and swapping village gossip. Susan comments she hadn’t picked Adam as the sort to engage in this sort of chat but he puts her right, and Susan enjoys herself. She’s disappointed he’s not booked in to cover again, and he invites her to Honeysuckle Cottage to relieve her lonely evening tomorrow. Susan shyly declines.
Irritable Brian hasn’t slept well with Berrow on his mind. Alice offers a welcome distraction with the news that she’s leaving W illow Cottage to go back to The Nest, and he helps her with the move. Understanding Alice affirms that as the only farmer on the BL board, they need to trust his judgement on the future of the pig unit. Brian admits he finds it hard to see Alice back at The Nest, but acknowledges it’s a step she needs to take. He reassures her she has his support. Jennifer remarks late on their daughter’s independent spirit. She and Brian agree you never stop worrying about your children. They discuss Adam; Jennifer feels he’s made a brave choice with his work. Later Alice invites them round for supper, admitting she wanted some company. Jennifer assures Alice she’s not alone.