Animalcouriers do call in at some very interesting places. When we choose somewhere to stay, our priority is always the animals on board, so we trawl and ask questions until we find a place where we can park the van and walk the dogs safely, and where the van and its passengers can be always close by.

Now and then there’s a real bonus — as we walked into the restaurant of our hotel near Bordeaux, cold, tired and very hungry, we were greeted by a very jolly sight: wooden figures of ducks, geese, other poultry and even rabbits. And all over the hotel, every corner we turned, we spotted little drawings and comic sketches. Such a treat!

Any of you called Jemima?

A fine farmyard collection