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Coffee Shop Update

It’s near noon on a December Saturday, and the Poet’s Corner is abustle with connoisseurs of mince pies and cappuccino, the scene outside sliding from shade to sun and from still air to bluster in the time it takes to prep the espresso machine for another order.

And now it’s half-twelve and the shop has settled into semi-vacancy, tables cleared and clean — the staff free to ask how things were whilst they spent a month away in the Canaries and such, recovering from an especially busy village summer.