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.
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.
Nell: Which is not something a llama will ever understand. So, please don’t listen to them.
Me: No. Sorry.