Nell: Shel values my company. I find Canadians very easy guests.
Me: Yes. They are relaxed people.
Nell: I also appreciated a break from the Comfort Ring, of course, and lunch by the sea is always welcome.
Me: You were an excellent host.
Nell: I was.
Me: Especially as it doesn’t come naturally to you.
Nell: I beg your pardon.
Me: I wouldn’t say you are especially sociable.
Nell: I am reserved. When I decide to favour people with my attention it is all the more appreciated.
Me: True. You could be a little friendlier though. Look at Dave and Harriet and the welcome they give everyone.
Nell: Exactly. Everyone. Indiscriminate Affection.
Me: Yes. That’s the way you all are. It’s the labrador way.
Nell: It most certainly is not. There is a growing group of Reserved Labradors who think very differently.
Me: Are you the Chair?
Nell: I am one of the founders but someone else is chairing this year. And less of your cheek please. We are all different. As I keep telling David and Harriet: Embrace diversity.
Me: Yes, sorry.