Me: Don’t look at me like that, Nell.
Nell: Did you and Kev have a pleasant dinner?
Me: We did, thank you.
Nell: Lovely and quiet I expect.
Me: Before you continue can I just say that they don’t take dogs in the restaurant.
Nell: I didn’t say anything. We were all happy to be left alone. Abandoned but cheerful.
Me: You weren’t abandoned, Nell. We were only gone a few hours and we brought back steak.
Nell: Yes, that was kind. A taste of what we missed.
Me: Did the puppies behave?
Nell: They wanted to play poker with Mutley and Poppy and I told them they were too young and suggested whist or canasta but they weren’t interested and sulked.
Me: Oh dear.
Nell: They said Poppy had taught them gin rummy but I wasn’t having anything with to do with gin.
Me: Well, there isn’t any gin in it apart from the name.
Nell: I know but still, I am not sure Poppy is a good influence. Harriet is very competitive and I caught her wearing a hat the last time she played cards with Poppy and David.
Me: A hat?
Nell: Yes. That girl has attitude. She wiped the floor with David at the last game of Monopoly. He didn’t have a chance. She had hotels everywhere.
Me: Gosh. So you still had a good evening.
Nell: We eventually found a film.
Me: Paddington Bear?
Nell: Don’t be ridiculous! A talking bear. Whatever next? No, we watched Baby Driver. Excellent film.
Me: I’m not sure if it was suitable for the puppies.
Nell: Nonsense. Harriet adores fast cars and David loved the soundtrack.
Me: So you didn’t miss us at all then?
Nell: I told you we were fine. Abandoned but cheerful.
Me: Yes, sorry.