They sat in grey silence for a while, and then…

They sat in grey silence for a while, and then Nanny Ogg said: ‘My own granny has an old country sayin’ she always trotted out at times like this…’ 
‘Which was…?’
’“Bugger off, you little devil, or I’ll chop your nose and give it to the cat.”  Of course, that’s not so very helpful at a time like this, I’ll admit.