Me: Look, you and Kev yesterday on South Milton Sands.
Nell: Yes, another of our favourite beaches.
Me: I shall look at this and imagine myself there when I am away.
Nell: Excuse me? What did you just say?
Me: I’m going away for a few days to visit Charlotte.
Nell: And you didn’t think to tell me?
Me: It was all very last minute, Nell. I thought I told you.
Nell: This is something we all need to prepare for you know. Going Away can’t just be sprung on us.
Me: Oh dear.
Nell: It needs Explaining. The puppies need Reassurance that you will return.
Me: Of course I’m returning. I’m coming back on Sunday.
Nell: Sunday? You didn’t say it was an extended visit.
Me: Honestly, I’ll be back before you know it.
Nell: I doubt that. Have you forgotten the welcome we received when we returned from shopping yesterday?
Me: It was like the puppies hadn’t seen us in days.
Me: We will chat every day and send each other photos.
Nell: David will be devastated. You know how much he misses you.
Me: But Sally is staying here for a while.
Nell: Yes. She says latest events have made her realise the importance of Family.
Me: I know what she means.
Nell: No, you don’t. Swanning off to Buckinghamshire at the drop of a hat.
Me: I’m visiting my sister.
Nell: I presume Naughty Nigel will be there.
Me: Yes, and Boo and Seamus.
Nell: We always know when you have been cuddling Other Dogs.
Me: I know you do.
Nell: Well, you had better start packing your case. Cheese, or ham?
Nell: In your sandwiches? You didn’t think I’d let you travel without a picnic, did you?
Me: Cheese, please. Sorry.