Me: Harriet and Poppy are so sweet together.
Nell: Yes. Poppy was having a touch of the Monday blues so Harriet decided she needed a lie down and a cuddle.
Me: I find a cuddle usually helps.
Nell: Yes, although a cup of Earl Grey and one of Poppy’s scones works rather well too.
Me: Have you got any plans for today?
Nell: I’m seeing the girls for a light lunch after my Pilates class. Gladys is joining us.
Me: Isn’t she riding the waves this morning?
Nell: Too messy, apparently, which is rich coming from Gladys. Have you seen the state of my handbag?
Me: Chris just texted. He has flown to Berlin to make a surprise visit to Alice and Jonathan Sky.
Nell: How lovely. I hope he takes photos.
Me: He will. It’s been over a year since he saw them.
Nell: Have you seen David this morning? The Cat has finished his winter waistcoat.
Me: He said he was going down to the quay to meet a friend.
Nell: I hope it isn’t Budleigh Salterton.
Me: No, I think he said Kingsbridge.
Nell: No. Budleigh is a Basset hound from Beesands. A real old sea dog. He is teaching David some sea shanties so he can impress Tony.
Me: That’s kind of him.
Nell: But he is dreadfully scruffy and always smells of drink.
Me: You are very judgemental.
Nell: Don’t come running to me when David starts smoking a pipe and demanding rum with his supper.
Me: Gosh. I hope not. He was wearing a beard when I saw him, though.
Nell: A beard? David with a beard? And you didn’t say anything?
Me: No. Sorry.