Book · Summer · Treasure Island

Making plans

Me: Where’s Jonathan?

Nell: In the garden going through a few ideas with Harriet before lunch. Poppy is cooking roast beef and Yorkshire pudding as it’s Jonathan’s favourite.

Me: It is.

Nell: We might as well enjoy a family Sunday lunch while we can, as there is so much to do.

Me: So it’s definitely a treasure map?

Nell: Yes, and we are all agreed that it would be churlish not to go and find it. “Never question an extra biscuit” is my motto.

Me: I agree.

Nell: Now, everyone has their task.

Me: How exciting.

Nell: Mutley is chartering a boat. It will need to be a big one, obviously. Fortunately he has the finances to do so. Jonathan and Kev have been advising.

Me: Good.

Nell: David and Poppy are going into Dartmouth later to find a captain and crew. Unfortunately they are also taking The Cat.

Me: Oh dear. Shouldn’t you be doing that?

Nell: I’m far too busy coordinating everything here with Kev and Harriet. John the Doberman and Jim the farm dog are assisting.

Me: What about me?

Nell: You are going to Combeinteignhead with Jonathan and Alice.

Me: Why are we going there?

Nell: Great Aunt Pam and Cousin Tess have kindly agreed to give us their advice.

Me: Do they know about treasure hunting?

Nell: We are talking about Marvellous Great Aunt Pam here. Everyone has heard of her exploits. There’s nothing she doesn’t know about treasure.

Me: Gosh. I didn’t know.

Nell: Now, I’m expecting a call from Meghan so you need to give me some space.

Me: Is she coming with us?

Nell: Of course not. She is struggling with the whole beige tights and skirts instead of trouser suits issue and needs some sensible advice. Do keep up.

Me: Yes, sorry.

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