Two older adults in different but difficult places in their lives, meet and develop a surprisingly honest intimacy.
It looked quite out of place, a tiny haven in the middle of a village square, something absolutely out of time-like, Issy had once reflected, an illustration by Beatrix Potter.
He had spent his whole life skinny as a rake, thanks to a full-time diet of extremely hard physical work that started with lighting the furnace at 5:00 a.
The trick was to leave enough of the pith in to give the flavor bite, but not so much that it turned into a smoothie.
She cracked eggs perfectly two at a time into her large blue-and-white-striped ceramic mixing bowl without even glancing, and used her eye to measure out the exact amount of creamy, snowy Guernsey butter that never went in the fridge.
Quiet hours are from 22:00 to 8:00.