Me: You dogs are so lovely with each other. I saw Harriet comforting you.
Nell: She’s a sweet and caring niece.
Me: Alice said little Faye wanted to jump on a plane and fly over to be with us all.
Nell: Bless her.
Me: Poppy was such a big personality. I keep thinking she’s still here.
Nell: She is. In a way.
Me: I could even smell fresh bread this morning. As if someone was baking.
Nell: They were.
Me: Has Dave been trying to make bread? That’s very ambitious.
Nell: It wasn’t David.
Me: Who was it?
Nell: Herr Hoffmann.
Me: Is he back?
Nell: Yes, Henry and Horst finally managed to track him down with the help of Owl Pacino.
Me: Where was he?
Nell: The Beefies weren’t lying when they said they saw a seal and a bear out at sea. Herr Hoffmann went on a spontaneous fishing trip with Sir Roger Blubbery.
Me: Why didn’t he tell us?
Nell: Herr Hoffmann wrote a message in the sand.
Me: What did it say?
Nell: ‘Gone Fishing.’
Me: Nobody saw that.
Nell: I know. The sea must have washed it away.
Me: I’m glad he’s back and safe.
Nell: He’s a completely new bear. As soon as he heard about Poppy he took over the kitchen and started baking.
Me: Does he know how?
Nell: Yes. It turns out that Herr Hoffmann trained as a baker. When you saw him with a bag of bread rolls in Germany he had made them himself.
Nell: He’s been retired for a while but he still loves to bake.
Me: This is wonderful. Can I smell bacon?
Nell: You can. Bacon sandwiches all round this morning.
Me: If Dave leaves us any.
Nell: You’d better hurry.
Me: Yes. Sorry.