So near and yet so far

Me: Is Harriet sitting at the gate again?

Nell: Yes. Jim the Farm Dog is out with the sheep in the fields and she can see him from there. He likes to give her a wave.

Me: It’s hard for them to be apart. So near and yet so far.

Nell: It is just for now. Not for ever.

Me: It feels like forever.

Nell: They can chat on WoofsApp and there are always Zoomies.

Me: What use is running around madly with your tail between your legs?

Nell: What are you talking about? Zoomies are virtual get togethers for families and friends on a platform called Zoom. Everyone knows that. Do keep up.

Me: I didn’t know.

Nell: How do you think the Welsh corgi choir have been practising? Not to mention the Whippets Institute. Lavinia gave a fascinating talk on quilting last week.

Me: Do I know Lavinia?

Nell: Probably not. She’s an elderly Lurcher from Lymington who’s in self isolation. The Whippets have taken her under their wing.

Me: How kind of them. I suppose you can join in from anywhere?

Nell: Yes. In fact Mutley is in a Zoomie with some local farmers right now.

Me: Why?

Nell: He has had to close down MuttDonalds and Pizza Mutt.

Me: What’s that got to do with the farmers?

Nell: He’s keen to save jobs so he is suggesting that some of his former employees work on their land as pickers this year because the migrant workers can’t come over.

Me: That’s a great idea.

Nell: It was Joyce’s. She was ordering a veg box for Poppy and the supplier told her he was struggling without his usual helpers.

Me: Maybe I’ve got Joyce wrong.

Nell: Yes. Don’t judge a dog by its collar.

Me: You’re right. Sorry.

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