Me: Do you know what I admire about you?
Nell: My patience?
Me: I wouldn’t say you were particularly patient.
Nell: You have no idea.
Me: I really admire the way you can focus on something to the exclusion of anything else.
Me: Yes, you were completely focussed when we were in the activity field. The grass is awfully dry now, isn’t it?
Nell: Everywhere is dry at the moment. We’re in the middle of a drought.
Me: Good that it’s raining properly today then.
Nell: Yes, I was extremely pleased to hear the rain this morning.
Me: What was I saying? I seem to have lost my train of thought.
Nell: Nothing new there. You were admiring my focus.
Me: Oh yes. The puppies struggle a little sometimes. Especially Dave. He’s easily distracted. Darling Big Brave Beautiful Boy.
Nell; Except when he’s playing Cowardy Custard with Walter, or there’s food.
Me: Well, that’s the thing. There was food but Dave and Harriet weren’t fully aware of it at first.
Nell: Kev had some biscuits in his pocket.
Me: You knew and you were focussed on getting one.
Nell: Of course I knew. Kev always has biscuits in his pocket.
Me: I’ll tell you who else is focussed.
Me: Roger Blubbery. My friend Christine sent me some photos of him flirting with the tourists at the beach and my sister Charlotte sent me a video.
Me: Well, making friends.
Nell: How did he get there?
Me: Knitwear Wolf dropped him off when he was delivering some cardigans. Seals need the sea.
Nell: Rupert is not a taxi service.
Me: He doesn’t mind.
Nell: Is he still there?
Nell: Roger Blubbery?
Nell: At the sea. Try and focus.
Me: Yes. Sorry.