Stay focussed

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?

Me: Where?

Nell: Just around. I’ve had a funny feeling in the last few days that I’m being followed.

Me: 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.

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