it was good business. When he got back the short crust pastry mix had been made and he set about making his specialty cakes with fresh fruit that he’d seen in Spain. They were massive sellers and everyone wanted them. There was always a queue waiting to buy them each lunch time. Rob set to work making the fruit mixture for the birthday cakes that Tom made. He also made a Spanish version using Sponge mixture and icing. Then there was the chocolate fudge cake that Tom sold in trays it was thick and had a lovely soft centre filled with chocolate fudge. All day long the endless conveyor belt of pies, bread, cakes, and buns were made. The delivery van would pull up at the back each day with sacks of flour and other ingredients. It was hard to keep up the demand and to be honest Tom could have sold three times what he sold each day.
The shop never stopped selling from 6 am every morning until closing time at 5 pm each night.
Liz, Nancy, and Rob had got his wife a nice card and they had both knitted some clothes for the baby; luckily for them they had chosen right and knitted blue and white clothes.
Tom thanked them all before leaving and hurried home to wash and change before the seven thirty visiting hour.
When he got there Interflora had delivered the roses that he’d asked for and they were on display on her locker. Tom brought her some chocolate fudge cake and some pies to hand out to the other mothers who didn’t like the hospital food. He also brought some lemon a barley water from Robinson’s.
“Where’s my son Tom asked with concern.’
“He been fed and now he’s been put to bed. They have a routine here you know.’
“I can go and see him though can’t I?
“Yes,’ they won’t stop you; just ask at the reception desk.’
“Do you like your flowers?’
Yes Tom they are lovely, but you shouldn’t have gone to all that expense.’
“It’s not every day my wife has a baby.’
“Good job too I say after what I went through.’
“It was worth it though wasn’t it?’
“Oh yes Tom I love him so much.’
“I hope there’ll be still a little love left for me as well.’
Of course darling I love you too.’ Tell me about your day.’
“Well I slept in by over half an hour today and we had to work faster to get the stuff out but we managed.’
“So you had a good drink then?’
“I would say so; we were all canny served when we left the pub and even Roger Mayweather joined us. We had fish and chips from Hadaway’s and they were delicious.’
“I slept at my mothers then had to run along to mine to change.’
I’ve got my bike with the box on so I’m going back on it after here Rob is making the deliveries. Has my mam and dad been in to see you yet?’
“Yes they called at lunch time; the nurse let them in for fifteen minutes. They went to see Jeffery after coming to see me first. Those flowers are from them Shirley pointed out. Tom saw the lovely bouquet of flowers on the table and smiled.
“When are they going to let you come home then Shirley?’
“In a few days they said; I don’t know why they won’t let me go home now I feel fine.’
“I will have a word with the sister on my way out.’
“Is your mam coming tonight?’