Monday, August 22, 2022

A Matter of Marmalade

Readers of the ‘Guardian’ share their amusing stories correlating longevity and marmalade

During the last month, the Guardian has published a series of letters about old people and marmalade.

 

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Amusingly, in them, the correspondents reference how much of the fruit preserve they have made recently and how long they think they’ll last.

 

They follow for your amusement:

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My wife has just made 18lb of marmalade. She is 77 and I am 78. Which of the three of us will last the longest ?

Terry Swann

Sheffield

 

I am reminded of my late father’s oft-repeated phrase throughout his nineties (he died aged 103): “I don’t even buy green bananas.”

Colin J Merry

Lincoln

 

Congratulations to Mr and Mrs Swann on their optimism in making marmalade at the ages of 77 and 78. I, too, have just made 18lb. I live on my own and shall be 84 next month. Hope triumphant?
David Hitchin

Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire

 

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1 COMMENT

  1. My great-grandmother was born the year Lincoln was assassinated and lived to be 106. I wish I could say it was marmalade that kept her going but I think it was just Scotch and the luck of the draw.
    To all the older Groniad readers, whatever it takes….Good luck.

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