Me: It’s still very stormy out there.
Nell: Yes. Meghan said everyone was holding on to their hats at Epiphany’s wedding yesterday.
Nell: Yes. Odd name. I’m so glad Meghan took my advice and went for understated elegance. One doesn’t want to upstage the bride.
Me: Quite. I’m surprised you weren’t invited.
Nell: I was, but I have my paws full with the cafe and it was Tink’s birthday.
Me: Where are Harriet and Poppy?
Nell: They are playing Bitey Fighters, or is it Fighting Biters? I’m never quite sure.
Me: It looks fierce.
Nell: It is just a game. They need to let off steam. Poppy was up early baking bread and Harriet has been helping.
Me: But it’s Saturday. They need some time off.
Nell: We need freshly baked bread for the sandwich tasting this afternoon. You can’t expect the panel to eat shop bought bread.
Me: The panel?
Nell: Of course. John the Toad and Greg Walrus.
Me: What do they know about food?
Nell: They have been judging Masterchef for years.
Me: I don’t think you’ve got their names right.
Nell: Anyway, Mutley and I will be joining them on the panel along with Nigella.
Me: Nigella is coming?
Nell: Nigella Pawsome from the Whippets Institute. Do you know her? She has quite a following.
Me: I can’t wait to hear how it goes.
Nell: Now, David did extremely well at school and is continuing his training at home for a while before resuming adolescent classes in November.
Me: Well done, Dave.
Nell: We have a special word for good behaviour. “Marvellous.” Use it sparingly please.
Nell: You see, you never listen. Don’t just say it randomly like that. You have to follow it with a treat.
Me: Oh, I see. So, if something was “Absolutely Marvellous ” you would probably give two treats.
Nell: I give up. Just leave it to me.