Me: Why is Dave looking so concerned?

Nell: It’s the yodelling. David has keen ears and it is driving him mad.

Me: Yes, I have to admit the novelty has worn off. I can hear bells, too, but the cows aren’t wearing any.

Nell: The Beefies are wearing them. It’s not enough to yodel their way across Devon they have to wear bells now, too.

Me: Gosh. They are such annoying birds.

Nell: Annoying and rude. Did you hear what one of them shouted at Manuel?

Me: No.

Nell: ‘Socktopus’. They’ve obviously heard about his knitting.

Me: Do you think so?

Nell: Yes. He didn’t understand the reference of course. He’s from Barcelona.

Me: I don’t think he understands much English at all. He just smiles and says ‘Que?’

Nell: Yes. It’s rather endearing. I hope he doesn’t start clapping himself, though. He spends an awful lot of time with Princess in her pool and she never stops.

Me: It’s a seal thing. Do you think the Beefies are planning something?

Nell: I wouldn’t be surprised.

Me: We are going to have to protect him, Nell. We can’t let him be squidnapped. See what I did there?

Nell: This is not a laughing matter. Now that the Beefies are aware of his knitting talents he may well be in danger.

Me: What can we do?

Nell: Poppy is the obvious answer.

Me: Scones, or swords?

Nell: I was thinking more of self defence. Poppy is a black belt. She could hold a class like Gladys. Our Penguin can film her and put it online.

Me: Good idea. Manuel could be her guinea pig.

Nell: It’s not guinea pig, it’s guinea pug and we’ve had enough of those with Babycakes Gillespie. We shall all take part. Including you.

Me: Yes. Sorry.

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