Me: Harriet is absolutely fearless.
Nell: That’s one word for it.
Me: She runs into the sea no matter how cold it is.
Nell: Extraordinary behaviour if you ask me.
Me: There was a time when you would have done that too.
Nell: Well, it’s certainly not happening now. The water is freezing.
Me: Kev was hardy, wearing shorts.
Nell: He’s working on the house at the moment so those are his work clothes.
Me: You wouldn’t see me in shorts.
Nell: Thank goodness for that. The mere idea. Now, we need to update everyone on the Princess and Sir Roger Blubbery situation.
Me: Oh yes. Did he propose?
Nell: He did.
Me: And did she say yes?
Nell: Well, she had a mouth full of mackerel at the time but after she’d finished she told him she’d think about it.
Me: I thought she liked Sir Roger Blubbery.
Nell: She does but she’s worried about losing her name.
Me: What do you mean?
Nell: She prefers Princess to Lady Blubbery.
Me: She would still be called Princess even if she was Lady Blubbery which she won’t be, by the way.
Nell: Why not?
Me: Because Poppy knighted Sir Roger so it isn’t actually real.
Nell: It’s extremely real to Sir Roger and should Princess accept his fin in marriage I am sure it will be real to her too.
Me: In that case you need to let her know that she could be Lady Princess Blubbery.
Nell: Why do I have to let her know?
Me: She confided in you.
Nell: I think you will find she confided in the Daily Growl. The article is on page 5 if I remember correctly.
Nell: Yes. ‘Will Princess give Sir Roger the Royal Seal of Approval?’
Me: Gosh. Sorry.