Happy New Year and Welcome to 2023

Me: Happy New Year everyone. Let’s hope 2023 is a better year.

Nell: Happy New Year and I second that.

Me: You look as tired as I feel.

Nell: Can’t I even have a quick yawn without you taking a photo?

Me: I couldn’t resist it. Have you seen the Blubberys this morning?

Nell: They’ve already left on their honeymoon.

Me: Really? I’m sorry I missed them. Where are they going?

Nell: On a Devon cruise, I believe. Although Sir Roger said they might pop down to Cornwall. Weather permitting.

Me: Everything went really well yesterday all things considered.

Nell: It was extremely fortunate that Lionel had his ship. When the dinghy capsized with the whole of the Welsh Corgi Choir I was worried for a moment.

Me: We all were. There were floating corgis everywhere. Thank goodness for their life vest dresses. Well done The Cat.

Nell: Yes. Lionel and the Whippets Institute managed to fish them out really quickly and there was hot tea and a selection of fairy cakes waiting for them on board.

Me: Clever of the Whippets Institute to bring cakes.

Nell: The Whippets Institute always bring cakes. It’s in their constitution.

Me: Anyway, I have to admit that Lionel saved the day.

Nell: Yes. Who knows 2023 might see the start of a new Lionel King.

Me: I doubt it. Have you made any New Year resolutions?

Nell: No. You’re simply setting yourself up to fail with those. I’m just going to continue to be myself.

Me: I’m definitely going to try and eat less cake.

Nell: Good luck with that. Poppy’s made a Victoria sponge for afternoon tea.

Me: That’s my favourite.

Nell: I know.

Me: Maybe a very small slice then as it’s New Year’s Day.

Nell: I told you.

Me: Sorry.

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