Our resident vet in France, Dr Diana James, and her family have a new Spinone puppy called Ella. Henry is actually the one in charge, but it’s a secret he shares only with people who give him titbits after supper.

Dr Diana has administered tick and flea treatment and updated all the dogs’ and cats’ passports. This pretty much sets our arrival into England for Tuesday after lunch or Wednesday morning.

We are so fortunate to have Diana — she really looks after us and our animals and we always feel confident in her care.

Henry, Diana and Ella waving us off this morning