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.
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.