Me: Another glorious day down on the beach.
Nell: Yes, and today is the Summer Solstice. The longest day of the year.
Me: Is it Midsummer’s Day?
Nell: No, that’s on 24th June.
Me: Odd because summer has only just started.
Me: I enjoyed swimming with you all.
Nell: I know.
Me: Harriet kept circling me.
Nell: She was excited.
Me: And you even joined in for a quick paddle.
Nell: I like to keep an eye on you.
Me: The water was amazingly warm.
Nell: We were swimming on the river side. It’s always warmer there.
Me: I’m glad I didn’t notice the fish.
Nell: Fish don’t like to be noticed.
Me: Talking of being noticed, it’s good that Beauregard doesn’t need to come with us anymore.
Nell: Henry and Horst were right. The mere mention of George Jones and the snakes fled.
Me: Maybe they don’t enjoy country music?
Nell: Anyway, I have some extremely exciting news.
Me: You probably shouldn’t tell me then.
Nell: It’s about David and Sally.
Me: Has he proposed?
Nell: Not yet but he told Poppy that he’s going to.
Me: Why Poppy?
Nell: She’s preparing a romantic picnic.
Me: Heart shaped sandwiches and meringue kisses?
Nell: I have no idea but there will be a full hamper. David wants to propose on the beach so he will carry it down there.
Me: I’m a bit worried about the full hamper.
Nell: Why? David is a strong animal.
Me: It might not be full by the time they get there.
Me: And Dave might be so full that he can’t even speak, let alone propose.
Nell: Don’t be ridiculous.
Me: I suppose he could write ‘Marry Me’ in the sand, if necessary.
Nell: It won’t be.
Me: No. Sorry.