Sunday morning snuggles

Nell: Don’t disturb the twins. I said they could have a lie-in as the clocks have gone back.

Me: Yes, they are upstairs snuggling by the window.

Nell: Will you join me for a cup of Earl Grey by the fire? Malcolm is preparing scrambled egg with smoked salmon for breakfast. Poppy is rushed off her paws with all the preparations.

Me: That would be lovely, Nell.

Nell: Yesterday went surprisingly well I thought.

Me: No arguments?

Nell: Mr Kipling kept a tight rein on proceedings.

Me: Did he bang on the table with his hammer?

Nell: It’s called a gavel and we were not at an auction. Malcolm was a huge asset.

Me: I thought he would be.

Nell: Yes. As each cake was brought in, he introduced it quietly and discreetly. Unlike The Cat of course, who was carrying it wearing what can only be described as a showgirl’s feather headdress with fruit.

Me: Gosh.

Nell: David was serving in a rather smart top hat and tails. He said the slices were only small but I think some of it got lost on the way. Harriet poured the tea. Hollywoof asked for a cappuccino but Mr Kipling gave him a hard stare.

Me: Good for him.

Nell: Gladys and her pumpkin were centre stage as the table decoration. We’ve managed to organise those dancing chihuahuas for the opening on Wednesday. They are each going in a pumpkin on the tables.

Me: That’s a novel idea.

Nell: The Cat thinks it will work.

Me: Did you all agree on the selection?

Nell: Poppy’s scones, Malcolm’s macarons, Victoria sandwich, coffee and walnut, lemon drizzle, carrot cake, apple turnovers, flapjacks and doughnuts.

Me: Doughnuts?

Nell: Hollywoof says they are always big sellers.

Me: I do like a good doughnut.

Nell: So, it’s just the costumes now and we are ready to go.

Me: Costumes?

Nell: The opening is on Halloween.

Me: True.

Nell: Your fitting is this afternoon at 3pm. Any allergies?

Me: Why? What on earth am I wearing?

Nell: I have no idea. The Cat wanted to know. Stop fussing and don’t be late.

Me: Yes. Sorry.

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