Me: What a beautiful place.
Nell: Yes. Kev took me there yesterday for some quiet time. I’ve been feeling a little stressed.
Me: I know.
Nell: We had a gentle swim and a rest on the beach.
Me: Exactly what you needed.
Nell: We both enjoyed a delicious cool drink by the sea and discussed life and love. I was able to talk freely.
Me: You can do that with me you know.
Nell: I know, but sometimes you just need get away from it all. To gain some perspective.
Me: I agree but it’s always good to come back. When I smell the salt in the air I know I am home.
Nell: You can’t smell salt. I don’t know how many times I’ve told you.
Me: I can.
Nell: It’s the seaweed.
Me: I don’t like seaweed.
Nell: That’s not the point. Now, this might just be me, but have you noticed a Doberman recently?
Nell: Just around. I’ve had a funny feeling in the last few days that I’m being followed.
Nell: Yes. And yesterday when we were at the beach I thought I saw a Doberman in a dinghy.
Me: It might be on holiday.
Nell: Yes. But it was on its own. In my experience they tend to travel in twos. It’s probably just nerves after everything that’s happened.
Me: Or an over active imagination.
Nell: Something you would know all about. If you see it, let me know and don’t approach it. I know what you are like.
Me: Have you told the others?
Nell: Yes. They are aware. Poppy had an unfortunate incident with a Doberman once so she is on high alert.
Me: Good. I think. And Harriet?
Nell: Harriet is a huge comfort with her quiet ways. She is keeping her notebook with her so she can write down any sightings. I didn’t ask Mutley as the Doberman would have to walk up and tap him on the shoulder before he noticed.
Me: What about Dave?
Nell: David has gone to extremes again. The ridiculous animal has started wearing dark glasses and a trench coat with a pair of binoculars round his neck.
Me: Bless him.
Nell: This is not a game. I have a bad feeling so please try and stay focussed and don’t let those farm dogs have any scones. Poppy has been baking and they are hovering near the fence.
Me: Yes. Sorry.