Me: My darling Big Brave Beautiful Boy is lying outside on his lounger. Isn’t it a bit early? The Welsh corgi choir aren’t singing until later.
Nell: David wants some time alone. He has some Important Thinking to do.
Me: That sounds rather heavy for a Sunday.
Nell: Sundays are meant for Thinking. You know that.
Me: Maybe Dave is thinking about bacon or what Sunday roast Poppy is cooking.
Nell: He is not. At Morning Thoughts today we were discussing The Current Situation and David is struggling to come to terms with it.
Me: We only need to self isolate for a little while longer, Nell.
Nell: It’s not that. It’s you.
Nell: David can’t bear it.
Me: I know he doesn’t like me to be ill. I woke up to find his face right next to mine. He must have been watching me sleep.
Nell: We’re supposed to take it in turns but David insists on doing the lion’s share.
Me: Talking of lions, has there been any sign of Lionel King?
Nell: According to eyewitnesses Lionel has been attending the Film Festival in Cannes, the Olympic Games in Tokyo and still managing a coffee at the local Starbarks.
Me: I thought spectators weren’t allowed at the Olympics.
Nell: Is that all you find odd?
Me: No, obviously they must be different lions. Was he really seen at Starbarks? That’s a bit close to home.
Nell: Yes. John the Doberman is Keeping an Eye and Babycakes Gillespie has been warned.
Me: I’m not sure Babycakes Gillespie’s gangster jewellery is something Lionel will be interested in. He’s more about diamonds and pearls.
Nell: Gangster jewellery? What are you talking about? Lionel likes his coffee and Babycakes has a coffee cart. Do keep up.
Me: Oh yes. Sorry.