Soft and cuddly

Me: Look at you all soft-eyed this morning.

Nell: I don’t know what you mean.

Me: I know when you are in a good mood.

Nell: Yesterday was most enjoyable.

Me: Yes, it was.

Nell: Collecting Chris from the station, taking Harriet on a gentle walk, dinner at the pub and a walk home in the cool night air.

Me: Did you enjoy your fish?

Nell: Yes. I do like the Catch of the Day.

Me: Have you ever considered going vegan?

Nell: Certainly not.

Me: Apparently it’s very beneficial to your health.

Nell: I would advise you not to mention vegans around Poppy. There was an incident at the cafe with a group of vegan spaniels from Colchester last week and she hasn’t quite recovered.

Me: Oh dear.

Nell: They felt she offered a very limited menu for vegans. They suggested Poppy was behind the times.

Me: They didn’t?

Nell: I’m afraid so. She was most upset.

Me: Oh dear.

Nell: Fortunately David was able to console her with an excellent review. He is becoming a respected food critic you know.

Me: We are talking about Dave?

Nell: Yes. He has an excellent palate. At our recent wine tasting David identified hints of vanilla and blackberry.

Me: He did?

Nell: Yes. It was impressive. His food column is extremely popular, of course.

Me: Food column?

Nell: Yes. He’s had a column in Barking Weekly for months. Dining with Dave. Everyone reads it.

Me: I never knew.

Nell: Living in a world of your own again.

Me: Yes. Sorry.

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