Me: It’s all about looking through windows today, isn’t it?

Nell: Yes. It’s the puppies’ favourite spot next to your desk.

Me: I am watching the sun rise over the sea on the Isle of Wight.

Nell: And they are watching the garden gate for when you come home.

Me: I won’t be back until late afternoon.

Nell: They can sit quietly for a while. It helps them gather their thoughts.

Me: Yes, I know what you mean.

Nell: How did it go yesterday?

Me: It was a beautiful service. The church was full. He was greatly loved.

Nell: As are you.

Me: Thank you.

Nell: An emotional day I am sure.

Me: Yes, I’m glad I went, but now I need to come home.

Nell: You certainly do. We have some difficult decisions to make about the choice of boot for the visit to the Palace.

Me: We do?

Nell: Yes. Are sturdy boots acceptable? The larger animals cannot be expected to wear a light boot. They need support.

Me: I think sturdy is fine as long as they’re clean. They can’t wear muddy boots.

Nell: I agree. Unfortunately the boot problem continues.

Me: Oh dear.

Nell: Mutley wants to wear his fur lined Ugg boots.

Me: I didn’t know he had any.

Nell: They are for cold days. Personally, I don’t think one should meet the Queen in Ugg boots.

Me: She won’t mind. She wears wellington boots herself.

Nell: Not to afternoon tea.

Me: But Mutley is of a certain age. He needs warm paws.

Nell: True. I’m going to have to go now as the horse box is arriving. I’ll see you at the station later.

Me: The horse box?

Nell: Yes. The larger animals won’t fit in the minibus. Do keep up.

Me: Yes. Sorry.

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