Me: It was so lovely to go for a countryside walk again, Nell.

Nell: Yes, we all enjoyed it. Most invigorating. Just what we needed.

Me: The winter sunshine was bathing everything in a wonderfully warm light.

Nell: Here we go.

Me: It was. It quite took my breath away.

Nell: I don’t know where you think the warmth came from. It’s freezing. Even the llamas are wearing their woolly hats and fur lined boots today.

Me: I think they look rather sweet, don’t you?

Nell: I have other things on my mind than hatted llamas thank you.

Me: What?

Nell: There’s a problem with Woolly Woof.

Me: Isn’t Alejandro playing that role?

Nell: He’s supposed to be.

Me: So why can’t he?

Nell: You’re not going to believe this.

Me: I just might.

Nell: Alejandro has been moonlighting as a camel with Gladys as one of the Wise Men.

Me: I thought they were kings.

Nell: That’s not the point.

Me: No. Where are they performing?

Nell: In the nativity procession. Socially distanced, of course.

Me: What nativity procession?

Nell: It’s organised by the Whippets Institute every year. They walk through the town and along the quay.

Me: What a lovely idea. I saw Gladys wearing a crown a few days ago but I didn’t think anything of it, to be honest.

Nell: Well, they can’t be in two places at once.

Me: They have to take part, Nell. You can’t have just two camels. Or two kings. It’s not ‘We two kings of Orient are.’

Nell: I know that.

Me: Do you think I could play Woolly Woof? I could wear my all encasing hat.

Nell: You are not going on stage. How many times do I have to tell you?

Me: It was just a suggestion. Sorry.

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