Me: Why is Poppy watching Harriet sleep?
Nell: It’s called Caring. I do that with you.
Me: Do you?
Nell: Yes, you know the puppies and I like to go up to bed with you every evening?
Nell: Well, it’s because we watch over you.
Me: I thought it was the electric blanket.
Nell: The electric blanket helps but it is mainly about Caring.
Me: Well, I am really touched.
Nell: Now, the forecast for tomorrow is cloud but no rain which means the pantomime can go ahead.
Me: Thank goodness for that.
Nell: Stephen Seagull and his band of Beefies may be planning an attack so we need to be on the alert.
Me: Do we have any security?
Nell: The Whippets Institute will be armed with stale scones and Poppy has her sword.
Me: Should I wear my all encasing hat?
Nell: Yes. We are advising hats to worn by everyone. Cast, crew and the audience.
Me: Where is Dave? I haven’t seen him all morning.
Nell: He’s down at the beach rehearsing with the noble steeds.
Me: Do we have horses?
Nell: No. Olive the Other Reindeer and Monty the Moose have volunteered. Henry and Horst are going to ride up front.
Me: Are you sure they should? It sounds ever so dangerous.
Nell: They will be wearing a full coat of armour.
Me: I didn’t know there was armour for woodlice.
Nell: The Cat made it from extra sturdy tin foil and a couple of thimbles.
Me: Are Fred and Ginger performing?
Nell: Timothy and the Canada Goose are involved.
Me: As Merry Dogs?
Nell: Certainly not. Ginger is doing a warm up with the audience before the show starts and Timothy will be selling ice creams in the interval.
Me: Of course. Sorry.