Animalcouriers were a bit late arriving in Athens. There was such congested boat traffic at the port, it was like being on a watery M25! Then people, cars, trucks and buses all tried to disembark from the ferry at the same time, leading to the usual pandemonium. Somehow it works, despite a complete disregard for ‘elf and safety.

Once we’d walked the dogs who’ve travelled with us from North Cyprus, our first stop was at Maria’s to collect the Nine Lives Greece cats Maja and Lakme she’s been fostering, and who have loving new homes to go to. You may remember that although Maja had a new home planned, Lakme’s had fallen through. This lucky puss isย now on her way to join Batman and Robin in Scotland!

In chatting with Cordelia from Nine Lives, we learned she has a new job โ€” well, someone has to fund the cats! she says. She tells us she’s “writing the texts for a website calledย Dailysecret.comย that sends out emails to 1 million (and counting!) subscribers about cool little bars, hidden restaurants and little-known activities in a variety of cities around the world.”

We also collected Michael’s cat Rumy (which means rum). This clever little girl didn’t want to be caught, so hid under the bed! We waited patiently until she appeared, then caught hold of her by scruffing her, just like mother cats do to their kittens, and it worked a treat.

Reo gazing out to sea with courier J

Reo gazing out to sea with courier J

Brandy knows all about colour-matching

Brandy knows all about colour-matching

Roxy posing near an oleander bush

Roxy posing near an oleander bush

Jasper can hardly tear himself away from the view

Tink studying the waves

Tink studying the waves

Maja in front, foster mum Maria behind

Maja in front, foster mum Maria behind

Lakme looking very superior!

Lakme looking very superior!

Snowy white Maja gets settled in. Maria was understandably both glad and sad to see them leave for their new homes

Snowy white Maja gets settled in. Maria was understandably both glad and sad to see them leave for their new homes

Rumy ready to hop on board

Rumy ready to hop on board

Perhaps it was 'take your dog to work' day in Athens this morning?

Perhaps it was ‘take your dog to work’ day in Athens this morning?