Me: It was lovely to meet Victoria from Schiffer Publishing and her partner Guy, wasn’t it?
Nell: David took it too far again.
Me: You were excited, too.
Nell: I didn’t actually climb on top of them though, did I?
Me: They didn’t mind.
Nell: And Harriet wasn’t much better. Who does Zoomies around the garden when people are trying to talk?
Me: It was rather funny. She just tucked her tail between her legs and started dashing around.
Nell: And then David chased her.
Me: You weren’t entirely innocent, Nell. You barked.
Nell: Someone had to tell them to calm down.
Me: Well, fortunately Victoria and Guy found it funny.
Nell: Yes, they were most understanding. Not everyone appreciates being climbed on by a giant Labrador.
Me: Victoria was particularly delighted to meet you all as she is working so hard on promoting the book.
Nell: I noticed you signing books for her.
Me: Do you realise they were our first visitors in five months?
Nell: It’s been a very long time.
Me: Sometimes I wonder if it will ever end.
Nell: We are very lucky to have such wonderful supporters. Let’s concentrate on that.
Me: I know. All those kind messages and comments. Wonderful.
Nell: Now, Benjamin can’t live at Beefy Towers any longer.
Me: Why not?
Nell: The Beefies have cast him out and are calling him a traitor.
Me: That’s because he helped show the world what a villainous villain Stephen Seagull really is.
Nell: Here we go.
Me: Benjamin will have to come and live with us.
Nell: Malcolm and Susan are happy to take him on as a lodger.
Me: Is there room at The Nest?
Nell: Yes, Walter Pigeon’s brother Wayne has been building them an extension. Didn’t you notice?
Me: No. Sorry.