Me: How is the Dragon this morning?
Nell: Waiting at the front gate, of course.
Me: For Tony?
Nell: No, silly. For you and Charlotte.
Me: That’s lovely.
Nell: It’s a little tedious. He keeps giving a warning bark so Poppy and I come running out and it’s just a wretched Beefy flying over.
Me: He is excited. I hope he isn’t still wearing his costume.
Nell: No The Cat has taken it back for next year. Gladys ripped her jumpsuit doing a Barani.
Me: What’s a Barani?
Nell: A front somersault with a half twist. Everyone knows that.
Me: I didn’t.
Nell: Well, it’s probably not one of your skills.
Me: I wouldn’t imagine it’s one of yours either.
Nell: No. Gymnastics was never my thing. I much prefer retrieving. Now, what’s your ETA?
Me: Estimated Time of Arrival?
Nell: No. Early Thoughts on Activities. We need to make sure Charlotte has an enjoyable stay.
Me: Well, I’m not quite sure.
Nell: At Morning Thoughts we were gathering ideas. David suggested surfing at Bantham but I think the water might still be a little cold but I have her wetsuit if needed.
Me: I agree. Paddling is a possibility, though.
Nell: Harriet suggested lunch at the Cottage Hotel overlooking the sea.
Nell: Mutley’s idea was a gentle walk along the coastal path followed by one of Poppy’s special afternoon teas with plenty of scones, jam and cream, of course.
Me: She would enjoy that.
Nell: I have also invited your little sister Alex to dinner tomorrow for Swedish meatballs and after dinner games. It is exactly what Charlotte needs.
Me: Yes. Everyone loves a good meatball and a game of charades.
Nell: That is not the point. It is the fact that we will all be together. Sometimes the thing you need most is simply time with your family.
Me: You are right. Sorry.