Nell: You are going to have to explain this to the puppies.
Me: The delivery man was here so they had to be inside.
Me: And then Tony arrived.
Me: There was nothing we could do. The gate was open and social distancing had to be maintained. We couldn’t let them out.
Nell: I’m not talking about that. Why is there a tent on the terrace?
Me: Kev got it for Jonathan and Faye for the beach but there aren’t going to be any visits any time soon, or beach, come to that, so he put it up on the terrace.
Nell: Was there a seal in that tent earlier?
Me: Only briefly. Princess doesn’t like the rain.
Nell: You and I both know that is ridiculous.
Me: Well, that’s what she said. It makes her wig all soggy.
Nell: That seal is completely spoilt. Knitwear Wolf is already in trouble with Myfanwy for giving it preferential treatment.
Me: Oh dear.
Nell: You’ll have to explain why social distancing doesn’t apply to seals.
Me: But it does, most of the time. Anyway, the puppies can go in the tent now the gate’s shut.
Nell: David probably won’t fit in it, anyway. Since he started stretching he seems to have grown.
Me: We had some good news yesterday, didn’t we?
Nell: You are changing the subject.
Me: I am a great aunt and my little sister Alex is a grandmother.
Nell: Yes. Welcome to the world little Tobias.
Me: And congratulations Abi and Dave. We are so happy for you.
Nell: We are living in such strange times. So many goodbyes. It makes the hellos even more precious.
Me: Yes. A new life. Something to celebrate.
Nell: You’ve still got some explaining to do.
Me: Yes. Sorry.