Me: What’s the matter with my Big Brave Beautiful Boy?
Nell: Beauregard is in Oliver’s tree house.
Me: Goodness me. Is Oliver ok with that?
Nell: He says Oliver invited him. But I’m not convinced. Does it sound likely to you?
Me: That a tiger would be in a tree house?
Nell: No. Tigers like trees. Everyone knows that.
Me: Not in Devon.
Nell: No, but is it likely that an opossum would invite a tiger into its house?
Me: Was it a particular invitation, or a general one?
Nell: I see what you mean. Oliver might have extended an invitation to us all to come and see the beautiful tree house that Rupert has made for him.
Me: Yes. And Beauregard was the only one who came.
Nell: To be fair we dogs can’t actually get up a tree.
Me: And once a tiger is up there then there isn’t an awful lot of room for anyone else.
Me: Is that why Dave’s so sad?
Nell: Partly, and because a little birdy told him that Chris White-Mckinney is leaving the UK today to go and live with her husband Greg in Florida.
Me: Does Dave know Chris?
Nell: No, but she’s one of our loyal readers and David thinks she might forget us.
Me: I’m sure she won’t. We have lots of readers from all over the world.
Nell: That’s what I said.
Me: Was it Walter?
Nell: Was what Walter?
Me: The little birdy.
Nell: No it was James Beddall.
Me: He’s very caring.
Nell: He’s trying to turn us all vegetarian.
Me: You enjoy your vegetables.
Nell: Harriet is passionate about cauliflower.
Me: I know she is. Do you think I could get up a tree?
Nell: Please don’t. For so many reasons.