During the last month, the Guardian has published a series of letters about old people and marmalade.
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:
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 ?
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
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?
Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire