Me: It’s the end of a decade.
Nell: I am aware.
Me: And the dawning of a new one.
Nell: Are you in one of your philosophical moods again because I’ll need a cup of Earl Grey and some shortbread if you are?
Me: I’m just ruminating on times gone by.
Nell: Well, don’t ruminate too long, please. Some of us have things to do.
Me: It’s been a rather life changing decade.
Nell: Yes, it has. I was born for a start.
Me: You all were.
Nell: Not Mutley.
Me: No. But Jonathan Sky and Faye Raine.
Nell: Yes. Such happy times.
Me: We lost my mother and little Monty.
Nell: We did.
Me: But the smiles outweighed the tears.
Nell: They did.
Me: Alice got married and so did Charlotte. We moved to Devon.
Nell: Are we going to have a long list now, only I think you should definitely put the kettle on?
Me: I think 2020 might just be our year.
Nell: I am inclined to agree.
Me: The book comes out on 28th April.
Nell: It’s extremely exciting.
Me: And a little terrifying. I hope people like it.
Nell: Do stop. Just look at the title.
Me: ‘Conversations with Nell.’
Me: Do you know what I’m looking forward to most?
Nell: Seeing the book in print?
Me: Yes, and actually meeting some of our readers at the book signings.
Nell: Yes. Now could you ask The Cat to come and see me about tonight’s party, please?
Me: Why The Cat?
Nell: David and his Merry Dogs are performing ‘Robin Woof’ and there’s a problem with Henry and Horst’s hats.
Me: Too many sequins?
Nell: No. More feathers. They are being eclipsed by the larger animals and we can’t have that.
Me: No. Sorry.