Me: Seeing Dave and Tony together just makes my day.

Nell: What are you doing? You’re supposed to be resting.

Me: I have to write, Nell.

Nell: You’ve been up all night with earache.

Me: I know.

Nell: The trouble with you is you don’t listen.

Me: Yes, I do. I listen and write things down.

Nell: Stop getting all clever with me and drink your tea. Poppy has made fresh scones so you can have some later by the fire.

Me: Wonderful.

Nell: Knitwear Wolf brought us some fresh clotted cream from the farm shop and Malcolm has some jars of homemade strawberry jam.

Me: Sounds perfect.

Nell: We’re having a line rehearsal later so if your earache is better you can join in.

Me: It will be.

Nell: If not, it’s back to bed with you.

Me: I love it when you’re gently bossy.

Nell: In my experience when someone is ill they need a little gentle bossing. It makes them feel looked after.

Me: Yes, it does.

Nell: Now, you were talking to Alice in Germany yesterday. How are they all?

Me: Well, Jonathan is into dinosaurs and Faye is walking around on her own.

Nell: How time flies.

Me: Yes. It was so lovely to see their little faces.

Nell: Talking of little faces, have you seen Henry and Horst today?

Me: No. Why?

Nell: Don’t mention the glasses.

Me: What?

Nell: Henry has to wear spectacles and is feeling self conscious.

Me: How do they stay on? Woodlice don’t have ears. It’s a shame he’s not an earwig.

Nell: Earwigs don’t have ears either.

Me: Why are they called earwigs then?

Nell: Because people thought they crawled into your ears.

Me: Do you think that’s why I’ve got earache?

Nell: Do stop.

Me: Yes. Sorry.

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