Hayley and Roy talk decorating and Jill asks Ruth to wait before making any decisions

Radio Times: At Brookfield, memories are made of autumn days.

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  • Hayley and Roy are trying (a little unsuccessfully) to decorate in cream and straw yellow, meanwhile Marjorie is spoiling them with tea and sandwiches and baby-sitting for Phoebe. She explains Ed Grundy has been trying to borrow fans for the Mikado – he seems to be taking his responsibilities very seriously! Hayley has cheerful ideas for contrasting reds and oranges, which Roy finds a little startling although his mum likes it so far when she visits with extra supplies – some apricot paint.
  • Ruth is working on the computer records, Jill knows David will be pleased not to have to do them. Ruth is enjoying being involved but agrees to go with Jill for a walk to watch the sunset.
  • Betty is pleased the paint is okay because she hasn’t enjoyed the first day computer training course for the Post Office. Most of the course members are worried about the implications of the changes to the method of paying benefits. She is concerned about whether Jack will want to keep the shop open without the Post Office if it had to close. Roy is worried Marjorie is doing too much – especially climbing the stairs – but Betty is pleased Marjorie is taking care of them. She’ll miss them all, but they’re not far and there’s no chance of it being quiet with Eddie still in the yard.
  • Ruth and Jill enjoy the autumnal sunset – the start of a new year. Jill remembers how little she used to know about the country, all the mistakes she made when she visited Phil’s parents, it was a long time before she felt comfortable, feelings that she was taking someone else’s place, but she settled down. Ruth empathises, but Jill is sure that’s she managed to match up, confident that David couldn’t have chosen better (despite her cooking!). They agree Ambridge is special and Jill is sure that Brookfield is in Ruth’s blood like it is in hers and she asks her not to make any hasty decisions, to hang on in there – the squabbling won’t last for ever.

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