Nell: I thoroughly enjoyed our walk with Chris and Shannon yesterday. Being by the sea is good for the soul.
Me: Yes. We made some wonderful memories didn’t we?
Nell: We did. Charlotte enjoyed her birthday, too.
Me: Yes, it was lovely to see both my sisters.
Nell: Talking of birthdays, plans are well under way for the puppies’ surprise party tomorrow.
Me: I can’t believe they are going to be 2.
Nell: Quite frankly nobody believes David hasn’t been two for years. Look at the size of him.
Me: It’s not his fault that he is such a lovely big boy and Harriet is so delicate.
Nell: Poppy and Malcolm are preparing their favourite food. Sausages, lots of scones and a selection of sandwiches.
Me: Crusts off?
Nell: Of course, but no salad. Malcolm is making a carrot cake. The Cat is doing the icing. It has dexterous claws.
Nell: Gladys is in charge of entertainment. I saw Myfanwy carrying a Pom Pom so I am expecting some cheerleading from the Welsh corgis.
Me: Nothing too strenuous I hope.
Nell: No. There will be more waving than jumping. John the Doberman is bringing his band.
Me: I didn’t know he had one.
Nell: Yes. The Rolling Bones. They are all rather elderly now but David is a huge fan of the vocalist Mick Jaguar.
Me: Don’t you mean Jagger?
Nell: Not unless he’s a wild cat, too.
Me: Will Gladys be dancing?
Nell: Of course. Everyone will. Even the quietly spoken Spaniel from the Post Office said she was bringing her dancing shoes.
Me: I hope Gladys doesn’t wear stilettos. It never ends well.
Nell: As long as she doesn’t wear them on the bouncy castle we should be fine.
Me: Bouncy castle?
Nell: Yes, of course. You can’t turn two without bouncing. The mere idea.
Me: Yes. Sorry.