Nell: Who is that?
Me: Her name is Cooky and she and her brother Pluto are working Guide Dogs. They travelled down on the train to Devon with me yesterday.
Nell: I hope you showed them your appreciation.
Me: I did. The whole three hours to be honest. You know Kev supports Guide Dogs anyway so it was lovely to meet them and their owners.
Nell: It is a wonderful cause and I am very proud of my fellow dogs for their tireless devotion to duty.
Me: Yes. Talking of duty, did I notice The Cat coming out of the kitchen wearing a plain white apron?
Nell: Yes. There has been a settlement out of court.
Nell: The Cat may enter the kitchen but sequins are banned. Sequinned hats and coats are to be hung on hooks outside and white aprons and hats put on.
Me: Quite right.
Nell: Poppy is happy to use edible glitter now and again and she and Malcolm are making a sparkling pink celebration cake for this afternoon’s tea.
Me: Perfect. Did that whippet get the job?
Nell: It did. David was in charge of its training but when I discovered it wearing tap shoes and a top hat I put a stop to it and Harriet took over.
Me: I’m glad everyone is friends again.
Nell: Friends again? We are not at primary school. Did I just see David entering the kitchen with my handbag?
Nell: It’s Gladys flaunting the rules again. I know she was wearing a sequinned headdress the last time I saw her. Run and get the handbag before Poppy sees it.
Me: Do I have to put on chef’s whites?
Nell: No. you aren’t the one wearing sequins. Good grief.
Me: Yes. Sorry.