Me: Having Alice here is such a comfort. I don’t think we’ve stopped talking since she arrived.
Nell: You really mustn’t overdo it. You’re staying at home today.
Me: But we’re going out to lunch with my sister Charlotte and niece Scarlett.
Nell: They’re coming here for lunch instead. Poppy’s organising a selection of cold meats and salads.
Me: That’s kind of her. I must admit I am a little tired today. It was lovely at the Cottage Hotel yesterday but I was exhausted by the time we got home.
Nell: David will be serving lunch which is a mistake waiting to happen if you ask me.
Me: Darling Big Brave Beautiful Boy. He and Kev seemed to be having a wonderful chat together.
Nell: Yes. I noticed.
Me: You and Harriet have no need to be jealous. They were probably only discussing football.
Nell: They were not. As Mayor of Kingsbridge David thinks he should host a Coronation party next weekend.
Me: That’s a lovely idea. I’m not sure I’m in the partying mood just yet but I don’t see why other people shouldn’t enjoy themselves.
Nell: Kev certainly seems to be on board.
Me: I don’t know why you’re against it. You and Harriet are going to be at the real thing. Does she know yet?
Nell: No. I’m waiting for her invitation to arrive.
Me: It doesn’t give her much time to choose a hat. I think you should tell her.
Nell: You might be right The Cat has a wide selection of hats for us to try on but I’m thinking tiaras might be more appropriate for such a magnificent occasion.
Me: Or even a crown?
Nell: Don’t be silly. Harriet and I can’t upstage the King on his special day.
Me: No. You’re right. Sorry.