Me: I was thinking about life and what makes me happy.
Nell: Here we go.
Me: I think train journeys do that to you.
Nell: Do what exactly?
Me: They encourage you to contemplate. When I got home yesterday and we went down to the sea I realised.
Nell: Realised what?
Me: That happiness is a wet dog. There is nothing better than seeing your loved ones enjoying life. Just look at Harriet’s face.
Nell: Very true. Talking of loved ones, tomorrow is Valentine’s Day so everyone is wearing red.
Me: I thought it wasn’t Malcolm’s colour.
Nell: Susan knitted him a red scarf. She and Harriet have joined the Welsh corgi knitting circle.
Me: They aren’t Welsh corgis.
Nell: It doesn’t matter. They embrace diversity. They asked me to join but there is a little too much singing for my liking.
Me: Have you heard from Charlie?
Nell: No. He’s gone off radar and I am choosing not to dwell on why.
Me: Oh dear. It will be some exciting secret mission.
Nell: Did The Cat just walk by in a red leotard followed by David in a sequinned cloak?
Nell: Carrying Gladys in my handbag?
Nell: On a bed of rose petals?
Nell: And four chihuahuas in heels?
Nell: With roses in their mouths?
Me: I’m afraid so. Sorry.