Nell: David overdid it again.
Me: I know. He was so pleased to see Chris and Shannon.
Nell: But you can’t just stand on people. Especially after they’ve been on a long flight.
Me: Harriet went crazy when she saw Chris.
Nell: Yes. She has never forgotten the time when she was a little puppy and he cared for her.
Me: I know. I thought she would never stop kissing him.
Nell: I do think David is going to have to learn a little restraint.
Me: My darling Big Brave Beautiful Boy. He wears his heart on his sleeve.
Nell: What on earth are you talking about?David doesn’t have sleeves. He’s not wearing his winter cardigan at the moment.
Me: It’s just a saying.
Nell: Talking of cardigans, Knitwear Wolf brought one for the penguin.
Me: He’s a kind wolf.
Nell: Yes. Since it started wearing sunglasses it’s stopped filming.
Nell: You’ve forgotten why, haven’t you?
Nell: Sunglasses protect us from being hypnotised by Sven Gully. Remember?
Me: I thought it was a fashion statement.
Nell: Do try and keep up. I’m pleased to say Malcolm is now completely back to normal.
Me: I’m so relieved.
Nell: Preparations are well under way for our second Christmas dinner. The turkey is going into the oven soon.
Me: What about Timothy?
Nell: He’s gone on an artist’s retreat.
Me: Have we got any Christmas crackers?
Nell: I’m not sure, but Gladys will be performing a contemporary Christmas dance and The Cat has made sequinned hats for everyone.
Me: It all sounds wonderful.
Nell: You’re very happy to have all your loved ones here, aren’t you?
Me: Happier than I can say.
Nell: I think you can say. It’s what you do best.
Me: Yes, it is. Sorry.