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Happy Birthday Charlotte

Me: There’s an awful lot of noise going on downstairs.

Nell: I know.

Me: It sounds a bit like an animal in pain.

Nell: Don’t be so rude.

Me: I’m not being rude. I’m just concerned.

Nell: If you must know Naughty Nigel is practising his birthday song for your sister Charlotte in the yellow chair.

Me; Why in the yellow chair?

Nell: It used to be his chair and it looks good in the video.

Me: Video?

Nell: Our Penguin is filming.

Me: It’s not the nicest sound, Nell.

Nell: He’s having trouble hitting the high notes.

Me: He should ask Harriet. She can run up and down the scales like nobody’s business.

Nell: And it is nobody’s business. Harriet feels an uncontrollable urge to sing when she’s excited. It’s something Sally has asked her to work on.

Me: I suppose you can’t have a spy break into song at a delicate moment. It would ruin their cover.

Nell: Quite.

Me: I thought I heard Dave’s Big Boy voice too.

Nell: David is one of the backing singers.

Me: Bless him.

Nell: Poppy is on the drums.

Me: I did wonder.

Nell: Gladys and the llamas have got in on the act as usual. I have no idea why they are all wearing leg warmers. I’m expecting Olivia Gluten Swan to turn up at any moment.

Me: Don’t you mean Olivia Newton John?

Nell: Does she have special dietary requirements too?

Me: Never mind. I’m sure Charlotte will love the video. Perhaps I can show it to her at lunch?

Nell: What lunch?

Me: I can’t take you this time. My little sister Alex is bringing Hattie Button and one dog is enough.

Nell: One dog is enough?

Me: Only at lunch today.

Nell: Words fail me.

Me: Sorry.

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