Today Paula’s prompt words are: insomnia, meringue, basementThe residents of Harlow House had an average age of 73 and rented four apartments in the building. It suited them all as they had their independence but also company should they wish it, and their landlady was an absolute gem.
She occupied the basement flat and from time to time the most delicious aromas would waft up from below stairs and tease their taste buds. She was always ready with a cake, scones or other confection and never missed the birthday of any of her tenants.
George from Number 2 was thrilled when he recognised his favourite, lemon meringue drifting on the air and hoped some of it would be coming his way later in the day.
What none of them realised was that Mrs Harlow suffered from insomnia, and the only way she could get any respite was to bake. On a pension herself, she placed five dollars from the rent of each in a jar and used that to buy her ingredients for her bake-athons.
They were a happy rotund bunch and the atmosphere was more of family than business.
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