Nell: Harriet doesn’t want to leave your side.

Me: I know. Bless her. She actually lost her voice when she saw me yesterday and just squeaked.

Nell: We miss you more than you realise.

Me: Dave didn’t have to sit on me.

Nell: He wanted to make sure you weren’t going anywhere.

Me: Don’t worry. I’m here for now.

Nell: What do you mean by that?

Me: Well, I’m going up to London on 3rd March but only for one night.

Nell: There had better be a good reason.

Me: There is. Alice and the children are flying over from Berlin for a visit.

Nell: Jonathan Sky and Baby Rainbow?

Me: Yes. And there’s more.

Nell: Tell me.

Me: Chris and Shannon are flying over from Toronto the following week. So we will all be together.

Nell: This is wonderful news. I’m going to tell everyone at Morning Thoughts. It will completely overshadow the dummy run to Torquay.

Me: What dummy run?

Nell: The larger animals haven’t travelled in a horse box before so Knitwear Wolf suggested we do a practice trip.

Me: That’s a good idea.

Nell: Yes. So we’re going to Torquay tomorrow. The Whippets Institute are lending us their minibus and we are all going in costume.

Me: Costume?

Nell: In our hats and boots. We need to know if the minibus can accommodate animals in hats and if the larger animals can climb into the horse box wearing boots.

Me: I see.

Nell: Lunch will be at MuttDonalds. Everyone enjoys a burger and Mutley owns the chain, so it would be silly not to go.

Me: Can I come too?

Nell: You had better. You’re driving the minibus.

Me: Can’t Kev do that?

Nell: Someone has to drive the horsebox. Do keep up.

Me: Yes. Sorry.

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