Me: We live in a beautiful place, don’t we?
Nell: We certainly do.
Me: The sea was sparkling away in the sunshine today.
Nell: It was.
Me: Watching you all enjoying yourselves is such a joy. It gladdens the soul.
Nell: What would gladden my soul is knowing who cut my toast into heart shapes this morning.
Me: Heart shapes?
Nell: Yes. And spread them with Poppy’s marmalade.
Me: You love Poppy’s marmalade.
Nell: I know I do, but I’m quite capable of spreading it on my toast myself.
Me: I think it’s rather romantic.
Nell: Stuff and nonsense.
Me: Was Knitwear Wolf at breakfast?
Nell: Rupert had an early breakfast with David. He had the papers to deliver and my friend Dorothy’s cousin caught a chill so he wanted to bring her a soft blanket.
Me: He is such a kind wolf.
Me: Is that Dorothy the Salcombe Setter?
Nell: Yes? Of course it is.
Me: The one who sails?
Nell: All Salcombe Setters sail. It’s in their blood.
Me: Is that what Dorothy’s cousin was doing when she caught a chill?
Nell: Probably. Why are you so interested?
Me: I used to go sailing in my youth and it’s a lot colder and wetter than people think.
Nell: I know. I’m a member of the Salcombe Yacht Club.
Me: Oh yes. Anyway, was your toast cold?
Nell: Of course it was cold. It had been left on my plate.
Me: And was there anyone else around?
Nell: Only David having breakfast with that tiger and Oliver.
Me: I thought you said Dave had breakfast with Knitwear Wolf.
Nell: David has to have at least two breakfasts at the moment.
Nell: Tony is on holiday for 2 weeks. Do keep up.
Me: Oh yes. Sorry.