Me: Wasn’t it wonderful to be down on the beach again? Look at Harriet’s happy face.
Nell: It was just what we needed.
Me: Running along the beach with the wind in our hair.
Nell: I didn’t see you running?
Me: I did when the sea suddenly came in.
Me: Poppy seems a little happier.
Nell: Yes. Knitwear Wolf and I had a chat with her about being the baddie.
Me: I don’t think you should call Poppy a baddie, Nell.
Nell: No. She is playing a baddie in the pantomime.
Me: Oh, I see.
Nell: And, as we explained to her, everybody loves a baddie.
Me: Yes, we all love to hiss and boo.
Nell: Exactly. So the important thing to do is to have fun with it.
Me: And not actually turn into one.
Me: Poppy will make a glorious baddie.
Nell: Yes, she will. Rupert also explained how hard it is when people think you are a real baddie and are genuinely scared of you.
Me: Wolves don’t always have a good reputation.
Nell: And how much better it is to be a pantomime baddie like Poppy.
Me: What did Poppy say?
Nell: She said she quite liked the idea of people being scared of her.
Me: Typical Poppy.
Nell: But she winked afterwards so we knew she was only joking.
Me: So are Poppy and Manuel going to dance the Pasa Doble?
Nell: They certainly are and the Welsh corgi choir are accompanying them as senoritas with castanets.
Me: How adorable.
Nell: I’m not sure about Gladys and the llamas dancing flamenco but I’m willing to give them a try.
Me: Shame I’m not a Talking Bull instead of Bowl. I could have joined them all on stage.