A year ago today

Nell: So you liked the video?

Me: Yes. I loved it.

Nell: After we dropped you at the station, Kev and I went to the Garden Centre and had a delightful lunch.

Me: I’m glad.

Nell: I decided to cool my paws in the river and Kev thought you would like to see it.

Me: It’s beautiful there, isn’t it?

Nell: Now, how was the journey?

Me: It was all fine. I did some writing and it was a beautiful day so I enjoyed the scenery. The train runs all along the sea shore before it goes inland. My sister was waiting for me and it was lovely to see her.

Nell: I’m afraid David was distressed at your departure.

Me: Oh dear.

Nell: Fortunately Harriet managed to comfort him with some milky tea and one of Poppy’s scones.

Me: Just one?

Nell: That’s what I was told, anyway.

Me: Did Poppy cook you something tasty for dinner?

Nell: Yes. We had cottage pie followed by apple crumble and clotted cream for dessert. Kev lit the fire and we played games all evening. David sang and Mutley played the piano. Harriet got on with her knitting.

Me: Perfect.

Nell: Poppy insisted on a game of poker. I wish we didn’t have to wear those dreadful peaked caps.

Me: Yes, they are uncomfortable.

Nell: Malcolm is a natural. He gives nothing away. Gladys, however, is not cut out for it at all. She kept asking The Cat if an Ace was a good, or bad thing. We had to put her in my handbag.

Me: Oh dear. Nell, do you know that a year ago today we moved down to Devon?

Nell: Of course I know. Why do you think we are having a party this evening?

Me: It’s the best thing we ever did, isn’t it?

Nell: The best thing we ever did is finding each other. So come home safely tomorrow.

Me: You are right. Sorry.

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