Excuse me?

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.

Nell: Quite.

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?

Me: What?

Nell: In your sandwiches? You didn’t think I’d let you travel without a picnic, did you?

Me: Cheese, please. Sorry.

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