Nell: You had one thing to do. Just one thing.
Me: I know.
Nell: Say ‘Lovely view’ when you saw Knitwear Wolf and John striding across the field in their cardigans.
Me: Yes. Conker brown and Forest green.
Nell: That’s not the point. Then Sally and Harriet would come outside and admire John.
Nell: Knitwear Wolf said they must have crossed the field about ten times before you noticed them. John was so hot he had to take his cardigan off.
Me: Oh dear. The thing is that a leaf fell on Poppy’s head.
Nell: Good grief.
Me; She looked so pretty that I made up a story about her. You know how much she loves hearing my stories about when she was young.
Nell: This was not the time.
Me: I did notice them eventually.
Nell: Only when David asked you if you’d seen any llamas. And then you shouted ‘Oh no. I completely forgot to say ‘Lovely view’.
Me: Yes. Poppy gave me a look but Sally and Harriet came outside immediately.
Nell: I bet they did.
Me: They were ever so good at admiring John. Sally made a point of noticing how sensible John was to take a cardigan with him. And Harriet reminded Poppy that John always made sure she was safe and warm.
Nell: They can both be trusted to do as requested. Unlike some.
Me: Poppy pretended not to hear them but I know she did.
Nell: Now, John is delivering the papers this morning and nobody will open the door so Poppy has to do it.
Me: Is Knitwear Wolf unwell? Did all that walking give him sore paws?
Nell: No. It’s part of the plan. And he was wearing walking boots yesterday. Remember. Don’t open the door.
Me: Yes. Sorry.