Monday, 11 July
Lilian sets up generating some interest for the cross-country course which should be finished next month; Justin wants to launch with a bang. Shula and Alice go to see how the course is getting on. Alice can’t wait to try it. Shula comments that Alice has turned a corner these last few months – she seems settled, calm and grounded. Alice agrees – the solicitors just need to work out an amicable financial settlement and then she and Chris can put it all behind them. Alice thanks Shula – she couldn’t have survived the last year without her. Coming to The Stables and talking to Shula was such a help.
George is being a hard taskmaster for Brad and Oliver haymaking at Grange Farm. George teases Brad about wanting to go to college to do his ‘A ’levels – he’s better off getting a trade and earning some money. Oliver gently sticks up for Brad, but George counters that he’s only bantering. When Oliver offers to have a word with George, Brad says he’s used to it; people at school do it too. Oliver discovers Brad’s interested in maths, and says Brad must get it from Tracy, she was always good with numbers. Brad asks gently how Oliver is after Caroline’s anniversary yesterday. Oliver says he’s alright, but he’ll always go on missing her. Later George calls Oliver boring and a soft touch, and Eddie tight. But Brad defends them and suggests they get back on with their work.