New Year’s Eve

Me: You have a secret smile today, Nell.

Nell: I most certainly do not.

Me: Is it to do with Charlie?

Nell: I believe Count Bingo Flamingo may have invited Charlie to his party.

Me: I knew it. What party?

Nell: Do you never listen? It’s all everyone has been talking about for weeks.

Me: Is it?

Nell: Yes. The Count’s Curry, Canapés, Cake and Castanet Celebration.

Me: That’s rather an odd combination.

Nell: Poppy and Malcolm are doing the catering and when Harriet pointed out that spice isn’t everyone’s cup of tea they added canapés.

Me: What about cake?

Nell: You can’t have a party without cake. Don’t be silly.

Me: And castanets?

Nell: There will be a flamenco/fandango dance off.

Me: Gosh.

Nell: Gladys and David are dancing the flamenco and Malcolm and Timothy the fandango. The Cat will be adjudicating.

Me: Will there be sequins?

Nell: Of course. We are all going dressed for fandango, or flamenco. David is insisting on Cuban heels.

Me: He’s going to be ever so tall.

Nell: Exactly. It’s fine for Poppy to wear her Cuban heels they go with her Toreador outfit and she needs the height.

Me: Will there be music?

Nell: Mutley will be on the piano but the exciting news is we managed to book the Gipsy Cairns.

Me: I don’t think I know them.

Nell: They are a famous group of Cairn terriers who sing in Andalusian Spanish which is odd because they come from Scotland.

Me: This has been quite a year, hasn’t it? So many wonderful new friends.

Nell: It certainly has. And next year is going to be even better.

Me: Yes. Our very own book. A huge thank you to all of you for your kind words and support. It really means the world to us.

Nell: They know. Just wish them all a Happy New Year.

Me: Yes. Happy New Year and may your dreams come true.

Nell: Did I just see David wearing Cuban heels carrying Gladys upstairs in my handbag waving my fan?

Me: Yes. Sorry.

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