I think Emma may be among us

(75 Posts)
PseudoBadger Thu 01-Nov-12 07:29:02

<Looks around>

She's meal planning! Keeping a record of all outgoings!

Next she'll be on S&B looking for a dress for a posh London wedding....

MrsCampbellBlack Thu 01-Nov-12 07:31:05

Or in relationships contemplating a fling at said wedding

R4 Thu 01-Nov-12 08:20:19

She could fill the relationships board all on her own.
Ex being a pain
BIL being a pain (seing as we are 'doing' austerity, you get two for the price of one!)
Interfering mother
aunt taking sides against her
uncle who nearly killed her
etc etc

She should definitely be on behaviour/development too. Her kids are going to be nightnmares when they grow up.

R4 Thu 01-Nov-12 08:26:33

D'oh! I've just realised. You know all this business about being flat broke and fish paste sandwiches ...
Surely Ed could go out trapping and poaching? There's a whole larder-full of countryside on their doorstep. It just proves that TA is no longer an everyday tale of country folk.sad

zillyzilly Thu 01-Nov-12 08:28:18

Certainly some interesting Relationships and Parenting ishoos. grin

Waswondering Thu 01-Nov-12 21:37:12

The sad fact is I've been fretting about her this evening. I mean, someone needs to take the girl in hand, find out what her meagre weekly food budget is and help her plan something accordingly.

Surely with Tom and Brenda's meals she and Ed could volunteer to be a family tasing panel (ok, not the meatballs, too salty!) - but that would be a couple of meals.

She needs to find out if any of the farm shops are throwing stuff out ... and buy/cook/freeze.

But most importantly - she needs her mum. Where is Susan?! Her dad seems to be sliding the odd £10 but where's Susan just now?

Also thought tonight that Ed really, really needs to ask her about what gems she's picked up from the online parenting forums she visits ... wink

PseudoBadger Thu 01-Nov-12 21:40:36

Emma is too proud to tell her parents (or anyone) how bad things are. She's made her bed, chose Ed and now has to lie on him. Or something like that...

Waswondering Thu 01-Nov-12 21:44:28

Agree PB - hence Ed needs to ask her what she's gained from us grin

We'd sort her out!

OliviaMumsnet (MNHQ) Sun 04-Nov-12 10:31:39

LOL at lying on Ed.
grin at EmmurTheMumsnettur

GrendelsMum Mon 05-Nov-12 21:52:11

We're loving Emma, Ed, Nick, Will, George and Keira in this house at the moment.

DH and I have devoted many hours to an appraisal of who is likely to be the better cook, and we reckon that Nick would win hands down.

lalalonglegs Tue 06-Nov-12 12:54:38

I was just about to start a thread about Emma and Will but thought I would hijack this one instead grin?

So why are they so flaming poor? Ed has his business which seems to be doing ok. Emma works for Ruth and David, does shifts in the Bull and has maintenance from Will. They also live in a cottage that has subsidised rent. So where have all the money problems come from? GrendelsMum? Anyone?

nb: I realise that this is the scriptwriters' clumsy attempt to get on board the working poor trend but has there been any explanation about why they are suddenly reduced to going without meals and unable to pay bills?

I'm just waiting for Nic to be pregnant. She isn't yet is she?

AIBU to be cross that my ex's wife (who is also my common law sil) is up the duff. Why haven't they thought about MY SON?'

Songbird Tue 06-Nov-12 13:21:52

I made a massive batch of soup yesterday for about £1. And that's supermarket veg! She's so irritating it's unbelievable. I've never bought fish paste - far too expensive! Beans are cheap as, tinny toms are cheap as, the SWs are clearly moneyed-up Waitrose shoppers who think 'ooh fish paste, that must be what poor people eat'. Really shouldn't care but angry

PseudoBadger Tue 06-Nov-12 14:24:42

lala I think they were doing ok until Mike had to cut the price of milk?

lljkk Tue 06-Nov-12 14:28:40

Ed's had a big drop in income that precipitated this crisis.
Emma's pride is an obstacle because she won't bargain hunt the some of us would (wouldn't take herself to a jumble sale where she might be recognised, or a foodbank, for instance). Also thinks that kids must have treats for half term, etc.
DH is just waiting for them to pursue PayDay loans or get in with a Loanshark.

BeaLola Tue 06-Nov-12 14:38:08

I find Emma a pain in the bum although I felt a tad sympathetic for her when Ed told her she was pants at managing money ....... she should be grateful she ended up with ED & not the equally tedious Will.

Just wondering where they are going to take story to ............. Will seeking custody of George ??? Ed & Emma splitting up ???

DowagersHump Tue 06-Nov-12 14:50:24

I want to know why George sounds like he's 3. I didn't realise he was supposed to be 7. Haven't the SWs ever met any 7YOs? Then again Ruaaarhi was just the same - sounded 3 until he went to school and then came back 12.

GrendelsMum Tue 06-Nov-12 17:40:33

I was trying to explain this plot to a colleague, and got stuck on the bit where I said 'so Will is a gamekeeper and Nick is a SAHM with two kids and they have plenty of money and Ed is a small-scale dairy farmer and Emma does a few hours cleaning and the rest of the time looking after Keira, and they are totally skint'.

I know that Will had his legacy, but really, how come Will and Nick are doing nicely thank you when Ed and Emma are going without meals?

PseudoBadger Tue 06-Nov-12 18:27:54

Will also has rental income.

lalalonglegs Tue 06-Nov-12 20:14:34

But... but doesn't Ed manage the cattle business on behalf of Oliver and doesn't he sell his milk to a dairy cooperative that Mike (or possibly Neil) has some hand in? So why would the drop in dairy prices (which I think most of the big dairy buyers such as supermarket suppliers dropped because of toxic publicity) have such an impact?

PseudoBadger Tue 06-Nov-12 20:38:18

I'm pretty certain he has a financial interest in the herd, with Oliver and maybe Mike too?

OliviaMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 06-Nov-12 22:41:29

OH but Ed was right, they have to FIGHT to be together
I don't think nic wants any more (though I wouldn't put it past Will to be secretly tracking her cycle/DPO etc and trying his luck)
He is creepy.
Haven't heard Emma mention shifts in the Bull - that's nic isn't it?

PseudoBadger Wed 07-Nov-12 05:56:08

Nicand Will agreed a while ago to try for another. Emma would love some shifts in the Bull, but alas...

kim147 Thu 08-Nov-12 22:10:07

I was in tears today when I heard last night's episode. I can relate to what she was talking about with money and not eating enough food. The Archers has got to me before but this is really getting to me.

Tommy Fri 09-Nov-12 22:53:13

I don't really understand why Nic and Will having George an extra night will help Emma 'n' Ed? confused
what difference will that make?

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