Me: My goodness, it’s hot.

Nell: I know.

Me: Don’t overheat, Nell.

Nell: I’m just taking in a little sun while the puppies have their siesta.

Me: We all had an early start.

Nell: Yes. David was wide awake shouting at 5am. Poppy was very annoyed. You know what she’s like before she has had her morning Americano. I’m more of a decaf cappuccino girl myself.

Me: I do. I let Dave and Harriet out and they had a great time in the garden.

Nell: Good. Outside Time can only be early or late on hot days like today, so I wanted them to make the most of it.

Me: I’m afraid it can’t be late today because Kev and I are going to Dartmouth. Sunny is performing.

Nell: Sunny Ormonde from The Archers?

Me: Yes.

Nell: Lilian Bellamy, my favourite character?

Me: Yes. You know she is a friend.

Nell: I know we listen to The Archers on Radio 4 together. I know it’s our favourite programme. I thought that meant you and me.

Me: You can’t come with us, Nell. No dogs allowed.

Nell: I am going to get t shirts printed with “No dogs allowed” on the front. It’s not enough to take my beach I am banned from cultural events now too.

Me: It’s not my fault. It’s the theatre. I’ll tell her you say hello.

Nell: And I was having such a relaxing day.

Me: You know I would take you with me if I could. How about you and the others rent a film?

Nell: Well, I’m choosing the film. None of those action movies David and Poppy like. Harriet and I have been wanting to see that Guernsey and potatoes film since we read the book.

Me: Me too, but I’m not sure it’s available to rent yet.

Nell: And we are ordering pizza. There’s no way I am cooking as well.

Me: Of course. Can you try and stop Dave spreading tomato sauce everywhere though?

Nell: Pizza is not easy with paws. You know that. Now let me enjoy the sun. The puppies will be waking soon.

Me: Of course. Sorry.

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