Animalcouriers collected Angus in Portugal’s Algarve last night. He’s travelling with us to Lytham St Anne’s in England.

We also dropped cats Grisette and Nimette off with Fanny near Lisbon. This was the last leg of their journey all the way from Canada. We’ll be seeing Fanny again next month with three more of her long-haul felines.

Collecting Angus in the dark

Collecting Angus in the dark

Angus spent some time sniffing around the van, and was particularly chatty with Oscar

Angus spent some time sniffing around the van, and was particularly chatty with Oscar

Wide-eyed at being reunited with Fanny

Wide-eyed at being reunited with Fanny

Fanny and her cats have a lovely home on a hill, overlooking the sea

Fanny and her cats have a lovely home on a hill, overlooking the sea

Angus and Oscar quickly made friends when Angus got on board last night. Today they greeted each other like old chums, so we decided to walk them together. They snuffled around, sharing smells and jointly anointing the more interesting lamp-posts and gates as we strolled along.

Angus and Oscar quickly made friends when Angus got on board last night. Today they greeted each other like old chums, so we decided to walk them together. They snuffled around, sharing smells and jointly anointing the more interesting lamp-posts and gates as we strolled along.

Hurry up, my turn next! says Benny.

Hurry up, my turn next! says Benny.

You can just about tell Nelson and Hardy apart when you see them together.

You can just about tell Nelson and Hardy apart when you see them together.

How do you know I'm called Hardy? Because I have 'hardly' any spots!

How do you know I’m called Hardy? Because I have ‘hardly’ any spots!

Nelson stops for a quick chat with courier J

Nelson stops for a quick chat with courier J

Toby shows quite an interest in the cork trees that abound in Portugal

Toby shows quite an interest in the cork trees that abound in Portugal

The thick, rugged bark on these trees is harvested entirely by hand and is used for bottle stoppers, cork flooring and many other purposes

The thick, rugged bark on these trees is harvested entirely by hand and is used for bottle stoppers, cork flooring and many other purposes

Views from the office window don't come much better than this! This beautiful place is for sale.

Views from the office window don’t come much better than this! This beautiful place is for sale.

This one might be a rather challenging renovation job!

This one might be a rather challenging renovation job!

There's still so much unspoilt countryside to enjoy on this route through Portugal towards the west coast of mainland Europe

There’s still so much unspoilt countryside to enjoy on this route through Portugal towards the west coast of mainland Europe