Miski, Cali and Scali are on their way back to Crete

Miski, Cali and Scali are on their way back to Crete

Miski, Cali and Scali have spent the winter on Jersey with Jill and Sheila. Now it’s time for everyone to go home to Crete, where Jill and Sheila do great work looking after stray cats, making sure they get health checks and getting them neutered.

It will be quite a long journey by road for these three cats but, following a less than ideal experience of getting them to Jersey by air, Jill and Sheila are keen to ensure their little family will have a more sedate ride this time around.

We had a bit of spare time on Jersey before catching our ferry to the French port of St Malo, so went to visit the very interesting medieval Gorey Castle (also known as Mont Orgueil Castle). A bit puzzled not to be asked for an entry fee, we wandered in and had a good look around. Feeling ready for a Jersey crab sandwich and wanting to check on our charges, we went to leave, only to find the huge exit door firmly locked!

After testing every door we could find and flapping our arms to try and attract attention, we finally resorted to ringing 999! The police quickly found a key-holder and 10 minutes later our very own knight in shining armour had released us.

Lovely Tortie Scali

Lovely Tortie Scali

Sheila says 'au revoir' to Miski

Sheila says ‘au revoir’ to Miski

Jill says 'see you in Crete' to Cali. Jill says she has a special relationship with Cali as she watched her being born.

Jill says ‘see you in Crete’ to Cali. Jill says she has a special relationship with Cali as she watched her being born.

How the castle key-holder looked to us!

How the castle key-holder looked to us!

The tree of succession of the medieval monarchy

The tree of succession of the medieval monarchy

We didn't actually see any of these wall lizards…

We didn’t actually see any of these wall lizards…

…but the castle caretakers have thoughtfully placed some metal replicas around the lower walls

…but the castle caretakers have thoughtfully placed some metal replicas around the lower walls

As part of Jersey's celebration of its 800-year-old relationship with the British monarchy, artist Chris Levine created photos and holograms of the queen, which are displayed on some of the castle walls

As part of Jersey’s celebration of its 800-year-old relationship with the British monarchy, artist Chris Levine created photos and holograms of the queen, which are displayed on some of the castle walls

These are just some of the more than 10,000 photos that were taken to create the hologram above

These are just some of the more than 10,000 photos that were taken to create the hologram above

As we docked in St Malo we noticed an interesting looking passenger in the car next door!

As we docked in St Malo we noticed an interesting looking passenger in the car next door!

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  1. seaangel4444 February 28, 2014 at 3:31 pm - Reply

    Lovely post as always! You know I’m a cheerleader for your amazing work! Yeay!! Cher xo

    • Animalcouriers February 28, 2014 at 3:38 pm - Reply

      Oh thank you! We love cheerleaders and always appreciate it when our posts go down well 😉

  2. easyweimaraner February 28, 2014 at 4:24 pm - Reply

    Oh what an adventure! Imagine you had to spend the night at Gorey Castle. They have the haunted crypt there :o) btw: can you bring me one of this crab sandwiches?

    • Animalcouriers February 28, 2014 at 5:22 pm - Reply

      We’d try by can’t see courier J or M being able to hang onto it long enough to reach you 😀

  3. Jovina Coughlin February 28, 2014 at 4:57 pm - Reply

    A bit of a scary adventure. Did you get your crab sandwich in the end?

    • Animalcouriers March 1, 2014 at 9:00 am - Reply

      Sadly there wasn’t time to track down that special sandwich but courier J had some super Skate. They will be back!

  4. petspeopleandlife February 28, 2014 at 5:37 pm - Reply

    One adventure to remember for sure that will be a tidbit for conversation. Great looking tortie. Love to read about people that are working to help with the cat and or dog population to reduce the numbers, etc. Heartwarming indeed.

    • Animalcouriers March 1, 2014 at 9:03 am - Reply

      We are lucky to meet many people like Sheila and Jill doing their bit for ferals. It all adds up.

  5. Curt Mekemson February 28, 2014 at 5:48 pm - Reply

    Great post this time, AC. I noticed your knight in shining armour was appropriately carrying a dog. But I am sure the lock up reminded you that there are no free lunches. 🙂 And I love the family tree. –Curt

    • Animalcouriers March 1, 2014 at 9:04 am - Reply

      Thanks Curt – they had a bit of an adventure but no regrets – apart from missing out on the crab sandwich 😉

  6. Shiva & Jaya February 28, 2014 at 6:15 pm - Reply

    Dearest Miss Scali

    I Shiva. Is we sisfurs?

    If that case, I hope you has brains as I has not! I has brain damage!

    XXXX Shiva

    • Animalcouriers March 1, 2014 at 9:07 am - Reply

      Doesn’t she look like she could be family! We’re sure she’d share her brains with you Shiva 😀

      • Shiva & Jaya March 2, 2014 at 8:22 am - Reply

        I Jaya and I has a comment.

        Last year when we was at vet, it turned out that Shivas brains has big huge togethernessiticity in her thick fat obese bum.

        And that why I calling her Obeshiva. She now has diet and she still Obeshiva. I gonna call that TV show and ask that purrsonal trainer, Chris, to get working out wiz Obeshiva NOW because I has to order new chairs almost every week!

  7. mollieandalfie February 28, 2014 at 7:53 pm - Reply

    Jill and Shelia sound wonderful people 🙂 I want a crab sandwich and I am a scardy cat, No way would I stay anywhere spooky MOL xxoxxx
    Mollie and Alfie

    • Animalcouriers March 1, 2014 at 9:10 am - Reply

      They are lovely people. Luckily couriers J & M didn’t have to face that scary prospect but they did miss out on their crab sandwich 🙁

  8. heretherebespiders February 28, 2014 at 8:06 pm - Reply

    Yikes! Saved at least! What a lovely castle, I especially liked the succession-heads. Quite creepy but I do like that sort of thing! And what are the chances that they’d see someone else courier-ing their cat?

    • Animalcouriers March 2, 2014 at 7:49 am - Reply

      Courier J was very taken with the succession heads. The castle experience sure taught us to be watchful of opening hours!

  9. The Lonely Dogs March 1, 2014 at 2:37 am - Reply

    I can’t imagine getting locked into that castle! Scary and wonderful all wrapped into one 🙂 Safe travels guys, big kisses for the kitties XO

  10. Gunta March 1, 2014 at 2:40 am - Reply

    What an adventure. I wonder what might have happened if your mobiles didn’t work. Spending the night in a spooky castle and your charges left on their own. Glad it turned out well.

  11. fozziemum March 1, 2014 at 3:52 am - Reply

    How exciting I would love to be locked in a castle…as long as the crab sandwich supply was kept up and a bottle of wine!! safe travel to all :0 hugs Fozziemum xxx

    • Animalcouriers March 1, 2014 at 9:13 am - Reply

      Mmm, the crab sandwich and wine supplies would have helped but our passengers would have had something very sharp to say 😀

  12. becomingcliche March 1, 2014 at 1:11 pm - Reply

    Oh, my goodness! I am so glad you had a phone, otherwise, off to the dungeons with you! What an incredible castle! I’m coming over to look for wall lizards.

    • Animalcouriers March 1, 2014 at 5:29 pm - Reply

      Couriers J & M were very relieved to be let out of jail free! Humble pie is less pleasant than crab sandwiches but they’ll be back 😉

  13. jill March 1, 2014 at 5:09 pm - Reply

    Hope my girls are doing ok..sheila is in Crete now and I am on my way.missing them so much.safe journey. X

    • Animalcouriers March 1, 2014 at 5:25 pm - Reply

      Hi Jill, your girls are doing just fine! You’ll have some photos of them tomorrow now that all deliveries are over and they are our sole charges. Nice and cosy for them now!

  14. Basil March 3, 2014 at 9:18 am - Reply

    Glad you were finally released!!

  15. Clowie March 3, 2014 at 11:09 am - Reply

    I had to laugh about you getting locked in the castle! I expect that was a lot funnier after you got out than while you were trapped!

    • Animalcouriers March 3, 2014 at 8:10 pm - Reply

      Eventually ringing 999 must give you an idea of how urgent we found our situation!

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