Me: You look extremely thoughtful.

Nell: Sunday is my day for reflection.

Me: Yes, I know you like your quiet time.

Nell: Can you let me know when the Sunday papers arrive, please?

Me: Yes, I just wanted a quick word.

Nell: I am hoping The Growl on Sunday give Knitwear Wolf a good review.

Me: I don’t like to disturb you but if you have a spare moment in between all your reflecting Poppy needs you in the kitchen.

Nell: Good grief. Can’t it wait?

Me: Well, Caroline is here and there appear to be a few discrepancies in our milk bill that need explaining.

Nell: Discrepancies?

Me: Extra cream for The Guest Barn for instance.

Nell: What Guest Barn?

Me: The one for our larger guests.

Nell: You mean Jim’s Barn where Alejandro, Monty and Olive are staying?

Me: Yes. I think Dave visits them now and again.

Nell: Clotted cream or double cream?

Me: Both.

Nell: And David is a regular visitor?

Me: Well, Dave is on the borderline to being a large animal to be fair.

Nell: That is not the point.

Me: He only visits now and again. Usually in the morning.

Nell: We all know that David is partial to cream on his morning cereal.

Me: I don’t think you should jump to conclusions, Nell. Anyway, Dave has been having bacon sandwiches for breakfast.

Nell: David is always open to second breakfasts.

Me: True, but we still don’t know.

Nell: No. I will talk to Poppy and Caroline first.

Me: It’s best to keep an open mind, Nell. My Big Brave Beautiful Boy might be innocent.

Nell: It’s possible. Wait. Did David just walk past with a bowl of Weetabix?

Me: Yes.

Nell: Was there cream on his mouth?

Me: I’m afraid so. Sorry.

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