Nell: Did you see David and Tony?
Me: Yes. So many cuddles today. My darling Big Brave Beautiful Boy.
Nell: They only saw each other yesterday.
Me: Dave was a bit down then but all’s well now.
Nell: It was the picnic in the rain. Wet fur and soggy sandwiches. That was all that was needed.
Nell: Everyone has their off days.
Me: I’m having one of those myself to be honest.
Nell: The thing to do is to just relax and know that it will pass.
Nell: You’re all tangled up in your thoughts.
Me: I am.
Nell: So brush them away like an annoying fly and move on.
Me: Flies are annoying though, aren’t they?
Nell: Dreadfully. They have so much to say and none of it is important.
Me: To be fair, Nell, you don’t actually know that, unless you speak fly.
Nell: I don’t, but Henry does.
Nell: And he says it’s all inconsequential nonsense.
Me: Really? Only that sounds more like something you would say.
Nell: Fine. He said the flies like the sound of their own voices.
Me: That I can believe. A bit like the Beefies. Did you hear them shouting this morning?
Nell: I did. It’s because MuttDonalds have reopened.
Me: Is it?
Nell: Yes. They keep shouting ‘Fries! Fries!’
Me: Well, fries have been thin on the ground for a few months I suppose.
Nell: Thin on the ground? What are you talking about? That’s exactly what they weren’t.
Me: It’s a figure of speech. It means scarce.
Nell: Why didn’t you say so?
Me: Never mind. Who is running Mutley’s businesses by the way?
Nell: Joyce. Mutley put her in charge and she is doing a very good job.
Me: I didn’t know. Sorry.