The story is set in a small village in Somerset, pictured above. The era is the nineteen sixties, at a time when most small villages in the U.K. had its own railway station, and were perhaps more static as a community than many today.
Before the advent of Supermarkets, the village would have had a few small shops supplying such things as groceries, vegetables, sometimes a butcher, cobler or baker. Sometimes a community had its own small flour mill, and certainly most had access to a bakery nearby. This small village had both of those things, as well as a small mill for Fullers Earth, usued in cosmetics and such .
There were daily deliveries of milk, dairy products and newspapers to the door, with weekly 'tabs' or accounts kept for each household, paid at the end of each week.
The needs of the population was very well catered for, with deliveries of almost everything they needed.
Often,a mobile library came around once a week, or a fortnight, a weekly fresh fish van selling wet fish and shellfish. Often a fish and chip van which cooked in situ, visited every week . Ice cream vans were very popular and much looked forward to by local children, Each delivery would announce itself by dint of a bell or horn, calling the people to buy.
For anything other than food and the daily necessities such as clothes, furniture or larger items it was necessary to take a trip to the nearest large town by train bus or other means.Elecrical gadgets were utilitarian and few, with many small country places not having an electricity supply until the nineteen fifties. Life was relatively simple and went at a slower pace.