The Baker's Paradise
Baker's Paradise' was
the only confectionery store in the small town of 'River
Bank'. Mr. Goldy Daniels was the owner of this lively place. He
was a tall, lanky man who loved baking and selling goodies in his
shop. His wife, Isabella, Was a small stout woman with a happy face.
She wore her hair in short tight curls and had a dimpled cheek.
She wore bright dresses with a white apron on them. While she and
her son Preston served customers, Goldy loved his job of supplying
Milk, Bread, Butter, Cheese, Eggs and home made Jams and Jellies
to the villagers every morning. He went round in his van and sold
these items of daily use from door to door.
Goldy," spoke Josephine from her window on seeing the Baker's
van stop outside. "Hello Josephine, what do you want today?"
asked Goldy. "Well, give me a dozen eggs. I have to bake a
big cake for my Ladies Meet tomorrow. I would also like some of
your Garlic Loaf too Goldy. My daughter Stephanie loves them."
"Here you are dearie. See you tomorrow." spoke Goldy starting
His next stop was
at old Dainty's cottage. Dainty lived alone and she was very grateful
for her freshly baked Bread, Butter and Cheese everyday. "You
are such a gem Goldy. Each morning I wait for your van to eat my
fresh breakfast". "Thanks Dainty dear. Here you are. Your
half a loaf, packet of butter and cheese. Bye and take care,"
Goldy set back in his van whistling a cheerful tune.
Goldy went on
his way to a house about a mile off while Isabella happily
served her customers. Preston was busy arranging the shelves
when a young boy about his own age, a teenager, walked into
the shop. He wanted some Cookies, Mince Pies and a Plum
Cake. "It is my mother's birthday today and I want
to surprise her by arranging a small party for her and her
two friends." "You are the son of the new family
who has shifted to River Bank, aren't you?," smiled Isabella
as she packed the items. "Yes maam. I am Mickey. We came
only last month. I must say your shop sells heavenly things.
I love your Cheese Cake and Marzi Pan very much."
"Thanks Mickey. Here is your packet." "Bye
Preston. Come over to our place sometime pal." "I
will. Bye Mickey."
Preston used to help
in the shop after school but that his exams were near, he would
be studying at home most of the time and Isabella was worried about
managing alone. The door jingled open and in walked Hyacinth, the
dressmaker. She wanted a dozen Tea Cakes for her visitors for tea.
He uncle, aunt and cousins were coming to her place.
The next morning Isabella
was surprised to see a sweet little girl walk into her store. She
looked new. "I haven't seen you before sweetie, where are you
from?" "I have come looking for a job maam. Madam Hyacinth
has sent me. I used to work for her aunt but they are going to Australia
and I can't go with them. I helped in the house and can help you
too. Will you hire me please maam? I can stay at Madam Hyacinth's
place." "Well, let me talk to her," said Isabella
picking up the phone. "Oh! Isabella, I was coming with Maggie
but Mr. Justin has come for his wife's dress so I sent her alone.
You were telling me you would love to get some help around your
shop. Do keep Maggie. She is 12 years old, trustworthy, polite with
good cleanliness habits. You can give her the leftovers at your
shop in return for her help. She doesn't need any money. I will
see to her board and lodging requirements. Till my aunt returns
in about a year and a half, Maggie can help." "Thanks
a million Hyacinth. You are a pet."
When Goldy returned
after completing his round, he was introduced to Maggie and was
happy to know that his wife had some help. Next morning Goldy went
to the van to load it. With the dairy items and was surprised to
see that Maggie was just finishing keeping the eggs in the basket
to take for his rounds. "Thanks Maggie", smiled her employer
and went on his way. Maggie stacked the shelves, cleaned the top
counters and helped Isabella bake the rest of the Loaves, Cup
Cakes, Mince Pies, Cream Tarts, Chicken & Mushroom Quiche and
The coming Wednesday
was Goldy and Isabella's wedding anniversary. Preston had planned
a surprise party. He waited till closing time on Tuesday and after
his parents had retired, came to his shop with Maggie. They opened
the shop and waited for Hyacinth and Jolly to arrive. Jolly was
Preston's friend Astor's mom. Together they baked a lovely Chocolate
Cake for Goldy and Isabella. The cake was hidden and they left around
At about 4 in the
evening, Georgina, one of Isabella's neighbours arrived at the shop
and whisked both husband and wife to her home to show them her new
furniture. She kept them busy for an hour and a half, while the
others got things ready for the party outside the shop door where
there was a small park. A table was set with a dazzling white table
cloth and on that was laid the best of the Bakery items. In the
middle sat Preston's Chocolate cake. Cold drinks were supplied by
Astor's parents and Georgina's husband had arranged the crockery
and cutlery. Hyacinth had done the flower arrangement while Maggie
had made special Egg, Chicken, Ham and Cheese Sandwiches. Cookies,
Tarts, Pies, Patties and Pastries adorned the table.
Georgina came back
with Goldy and Isabella around 5:30 and everyone shouted 'Surprise'
and Happy Anniversary'. Goldy and Isabella were thrilled. There
were tears in their eyes as they thanked their friends. Maggie flitted
about in her new pink dress which Hyacinth has specially made for
her. The party went on till late with lots of music, laughter and
dancing. 'The Baker's Paradies' opened a bit late next morning but
everyone was waiting patiently for Goldy the Baker to come in his
van with fresh and delicious smelling loaves and other items for
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