Me: Did you have a nice walk down by the river?
Nell: Yes. Cooling my paws helps me to think.
Me: Have you heard from Poppy?
Nell: Yes. I’m glad she decided to fly out yesterday evening. Mutley managed to get rooms at the Lotte Hotel Moscow.
Me: Isn’t that the top one?
Nell: Yes. He has connections.
Me: And Poppy?
Nell: Poppy is with the team. Boiled eggs and soldiers for breakfast. Fresh from the farm with Poppy’s home baked bread and Devon butter. Egg sandwiches and scones for later.
Me: I’m glad the eggs didn’t break.
Nell: The farm dogs helped pack everything. Jim is proving to be a very helpful young dog. I just wish he’d cut his hair.
Me: Harriet likes it. He’s her screensaver on her phone.
Nell: Young love.
Me: Is Charlie still on yours?
Nell: Never you mind. I do hope The Cat behaves at Mutley’s business lunch. Why on earth was it wearing that ridiculous hat?
Me: It was very feathery. Dave will love it.
Nell: Mutley is finalising the opening of a new chain of restaurants across Russia and doesn’t need any distractions.
Me: Quite. How is Gareth?
Nell: Calm and confident. I’ve told him I will definitely be there if the boys get to the final.
Me: I really think they can do it.
Nell: I know they can. I was talking to Harry last night. Sensible boy.
Me: Prince Harry?
Nell: No. We had a brief chat after Meghan left but I meant Harry Kane.
Me: How are Harry and Meghan?
Nell: Fine. They were sorry I couldn’t come to Louis’ christening but quite understood.
Me: How’s Dave?
Nell: He is FaceTiming with Harriet. He got egg all over his track suit so she is chatting to Pickford while he is changing.
Me: It’s a big day for England, Nell.
Nell: It is. I think we will order pizza this evening. We might as well support Mutley.
Me: But he is in Moscow.
Nell: It’s his chain. Who do you think owns Pizza Mutt? Do keep up.
Me: Oh. Sorry.