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The Dog Beach

Me: I don’t think I’ve ever seen a dog enjoy the water as much as Harriet.

Nell: Yes. She loves it.

Me: The steps down to the Dog Beach are a bit tricky though, aren’t they?

Nell: Slow and steady is the way. One paw in front of another.

Me: Not for Harriet. She dashes down them like a mountain goat.

Nell: Harriet looks nothing like a goat. What are you talking about?

Me: It’s just a saying.

Nell: Now, I know you are suffering with migraines today so you are going to have to be very quiet.

Me: I’m not the noisy one.

Nell: You know exactly what I mean. No sitting staring at a screen.

Me: But I have things to do.

Nell: They will still be there tomorrow.

Me: Exactly. I have deadlines.

Nell: I’m not changing my mind. David has kindly agreed to Keep an Eye on you and will report back to me.

Me: My darling Big Brave Beautiful Boy.

Nell: He has the authority to close any laptops that are opened.

Me: He wouldn’t do that.

Nell: I will send Poppy if I have to.

Me: Please don’t.

Nell: With her sword.

Me: Ok. I give in. No computers.

Nell: You can listen to the radio, or one of your dogcasts.

Me: Podcasts.

Nell: Not when I’m reading.

Me: You have a lovely voice.

Nell: You are too kind.

Me: I was supposed to be going for a walk with my little sister Alex today and meeting her grandson.

Nell: There will be other walks.

Me: Yes. There will.

Nell: Sometimes you just have to stop and let things be for a while.

Me: Yes.

Nell: Which is not something a llama will ever understand. So, please don’t listen to them.

Me: No. Sorry.

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