Me: Sometimes I think we should all just go down to the beach and shake our heads at the sky.
Nell: Here we go. I had sea water in my ears. I was flapping them to get rid of it.
Me: You know what I mean. You dogs have got it right. There’s nothing like a brisk walk and a shake of the head to chase those troubles away.
Nell: Ok. I know you want me to ask you this, so I will. What troubles are we talking about here?
Me: My Big Brave Beautiful Boy is being blackmailed by the seagull mafia.
Nell: It’s the Beefies, not the mafia.
Me: They took one bacon sandwich this time. It might be a whole plateful next time.
Nell: We were discussing this at Morning Thoughts. Knitwear Wolf feels Mediation is the answer. Poppy is in favour of ‘Whacking Them’, with her sword. Her words.
Me: I can understand both points of view.
Nell: Yes, opinions were divided. Harriet, Malcolm, Susan and Benjamin were definitely in favour of Mediation but Gladys, Alejandro and the larger animals were on Poppy’s side.
Me: What about the llamas?
Nell: Conflicted. In my experience llamas struggle with making any decisions beyond which pyjamas to wear.
Me: What about Dave?
Nell: David looks up to Rupert. I think he will be guided by him.
Me: So, what’s the next step?
Nell: Rupert is going to approach Stephen Seagull after the Kingsbridge Show tomorrow. He has a place in the Craft Marquee.
Me: I didn’t know Stephen Seagull was into crafts.
Nell: He’s not. Knitwear Wolf and The Cat are exhibiting with Tony’s wife Sue. A Little Bit Crafty.
Me: And Stephen Seagull is going?
Nell: No. It’s online. Rupert will contact him afterwards.
Me: I see. Sorry.