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Fluffy Coats and Skype Calls

Me: Look at Harriet sleeping.

Nell: Don’t wake her. She’s tired after Gliding with Gladys.

Me: The darling girl has a proper grown up fluffy Devon coat.

Nell: What are you talking about?

Me: Haven’t you noticed? Since we moved down to Devon your coats have got thicker and fluffier. Particularly yours, actually.

Nell: I do have a natural wave.

Me: Yes, and now Harriet is getting one too. I think it comes from swimming in the sea.

Nell: I think you are talking nonsense.

Me: My hair always goes curlier by the sea. Just imagine if Alejandro and the llamas went swimming.

Nell: Alejandro is an alpaca and has naturally curly hair and the mere idea of the llamas going swimming is putting me off my toast and marmalade.

Me: Talking of alpacas, I had a Skype call with my publishers about the next book yesterday and they have alpacas at their book farm in Pennsylvania.

Nell; Good for them.

Me: We thought about setting up a Skype call with Alejandro. He might like to chat to his American cousins.

Nell: That’s a ridiculous idea.

Me: Why?

Nell: We don’t know anything about these academic alpacas.

Me: I’m not sure they are academics, Nell. I think they just live on the book farm.

Nell: And Alejandro is from Ecuador. Do they speak Spanish?

Me: Probably not, but Alejandro’s English is really good now. He’s helping Manuel learn.

Nell: I’m not sure it’s a good idea.

Me: I know ideally you wouldn’t choose a Spanish speaking alpaca to teach a Spanish speaking octopus English but I don’t think the accent really matters.

Nell: What are you talking about? I mean Alejandro is rather shy in an extrovert way. He might find Skyping a little daunting.

Me: Oh, I see. Sorry.

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