Me: Did I hear singing outside, Nell?
Nell: Yes. It’s the Welsh corgi choir. They are paying their respects to Mutley.
Me: But large gatherings are not allowed.
Nell: They are observing social distancing. Look out of the window.
Me: Oh, my goodness. The fields are full of animals and there are hundreds of birds in the trees.
Nell: They all wanted to be here to celebrate Mutley. He was greatly loved.
Me: This is one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen. Mutley would have loved it.
Nell: He’s watching it now. With Charlie. I’m sure of it.
Me: And everyone is wearing a hat.
Nell: Mutley loved a good hat.
Me: Even the llamas in pyjamas have nightcaps on.
Nell: Silly creatures.
Me: Is that a flock of Beefies?
Nell: Princess is about to sing and they are her backing group.
Me: But they’re carrying mackerel.
Nell: She needs to snack during the performance. It’s a seal thing.
Me: I’ve thought of a name for them. Princess and the Sealgulls. What do you think?
Nell: I think you would have made Mutley smile.
Me: Dear darling Mutley. I can’t believe he has gone. How is Joyce?
Nell: Devastated. Knitwear Wolf has spent a lot of time with her. Thank goodness he is here. He is such a comfort.
Me: I found Dave crying in the kitchen.
Nell: Yes, he and Harriet are staying close to each other.
Me: Poppy is keeping busy.
Nell: Yes. Everyone deals with grief in their own way.
Me: I wish I could help Kev. He’s hurting so much. Mutley was his dear old boy. Driving away from him broke his heart.
Nell: I know. But he had no choice. Just remember we are all in this together. Look outside.
Me: Yes. Sorry.