Nell: Why anyone would choose to be a diplomat is completely beyond me.
Me: But you are so good at it.
Nell: It’s absolutely exhausting. Do you know that corgi actually sniffed at one of Poppy’s scones?
Nell: And asked if they were shop bought.
Nell: I said ‘Lady Anwen, these are Poppy’s award winning scones. People travel from far and wide just to taste one.’
Me: Good for you.
Nell: David ate three by mistake.
Me: I don’t blame him.
Nell: He was supposed to be handing them round.
Me: He was just showing solidarity.
Nell: He’s terrified of her.
Nell: She’s taken a shine to him. She calls him her Handsome Boy.
Me: What? He is my Big Brave Beautiful Boy.
Nell: She says he would be perfect for Myfanwy and the palace would love him.
Me: Sally can’t be pleased about that.
Nell: I told her. Young people must be allowed to make their own decisions.
Me: Quite right too.
Nell: But she kept saying: ‘A wolf, Eleanor? We can’t have a wolf in the family.’
Me: Who is Eleanor?
Nell: It’s my full name.
Me: No, it isn’t. You are Nell.
Nell: I am usually Nell but there are times when I am Eleanor and this is one of them.
Me: If she met Knitwear Wolf she would change her mind. He is such a charming wolf.
Nell: Exactly. So I am having a dinner party and everyone is invited.
Me: Even the large beasts?
Nell: Of course not. I mean Myfanwy, Knitwear Wolf and Lady Anwen.
Me: Can I come?
Nell: I think not. Charlie will join me in hosting and we will sit Mutley next to Lady Anwen.
Me: But he can’t hear.
Me: Yes. Sorry.