Me: Is Dave’s rainbow ring rather bright, or is it me?
Nell: How is the head today?
Nell: A little too much champagne, perhaps?
Me: I’m never drinking it again.
Nell: Not until your sisters arrive at the weekend, anyway.
Me: It was a lovely birthday, Nell. So many people thought of me.
Nell: Of course they did.
Me: I FaceTimed with Alice and the grandchildren. They drew pictures and made up stories for me.
Nell: They love a good story.
Me: Yes, it makes me so happy that they do.
Nell: Now, I’m guessing that you would prefer a quiet day?
Me: You’re right.
Nell: A gentle walk along the beach and a slice of birthday cake in front of the fire when we get back?
Me: Sounds perfect.
Nell: The Cat is going to pop over to measure you for your ballgown later but that shouldn’t take too long.
Me: For my what?
Nell; You can’t go to the ball without a gown.
Me: I don’t want to go to any ball.
Nell: You’ll see things differently by the weekend. You didn’t think we would forget about the Birthday Ball, did you?
Me: I knew it was for me.
Nell: I’m a little disappointed not to be able to wear my tiara and pearls but such is life.
Me: Is Miss Maple any closer to discovering who A Friend really is?
Nell: I don’t know but someone sent you an extremely heavy rabbit.
Me: Not another animal.
Nell: This one is stuffed.
Me: Don’t tell me, it’s a friend of the Stuffed Tiger’s.
Nell: They certainly seem to know each and the tiger is called Beaumarchais. Remember?
Me: What’s the rabbit’s name? Beaufort?
Nell: No. It’s called Johnny Rabbit, if you must know.
Me: Ok. Sorry.