Yesterday was Clean Monday — the first day of Lent — and a holiday in Greece. Traditionally people fly kites and eat simple food on the beach. Unfortunately, it was absolutely pouring with rain, so there wasn’t much of either activity going on.

Animalcouriers arrived early at the Greek port of Igoumenitsa following our crossing from Italy. We drove off towards Piraeus port, calling in at Lefkas en route to collect Jennifer’s cat Matilda. Then we had an overnight crossing to Crete, where we reunited Cali, Scali and Miski with Sheila.

Courier M carried Miski and Scali into the house in baskets. After a quick sniff around, they followed Sheila and courier M back to the van to fetch Cali.

Because of the rain, this poor kite seller packed up early and went home

Because of the rain, this poor kite seller packed up early and went home

Paximavid bread — a Cretan speciality that's so hard you need very strong gnashers to deal with it. Better still, you dunk it first in wet cheese or oil.

Paximavid bread — a Cretan speciality that’s so hard you need very strong gnashers to deal with it. Better still, you dunk it first in wet cheese or oil.

Sheila and Miski walking down to the Animacouriers van to collect Cali

Sheila and Miski walking down to the Animacouriers van to collect Cali

Miski stopping off for some sniffing opportunities on the way

Miski stopping off for some sniffing opportunities on the way

Here comes Cali, safe in Sheila's arms

Here comes Cali, safe in Sheila’s arms

Cali reacquainting herself with familiar sights and smells

Cali reacquainting herself with familiar sights and smells

Mmm, something very interesting here!

Mmm, something very interesting here!

Look at our fantastic view, courier J! says Miski

Look at our fantastic view, courier J! says Miski

Scali is quite nervous of people as she had been badly treated, so we were lucky to catch this glimpse of her as she rediscovered her Cretan home. She and Miski were dumped a kilometre apart at five weeks old. Lucky girls to have been adopted by Jill and Sheila!

Scali is quite nervous of people as she had been badly treated, so we were lucky to catch this glimpse of her as she rediscovered her Cretan home. She and Miski were dumped a kilometre apart at five weeks old. Lucky girls to have been adopted by Jill and Sheila!

Miski was so excited to be home she shot up to the rafters…

Miski was so excited to be home she shot up to the rafters…

…and had to be rescued by Sheila

…and had to be rescued by Sheila

And here is lovely Matilda, who is travelling with us to the UK. Very cute and friendly.

And here is lovely Matilda, who is travelling with us to the UK. Very cute and friendly.

She will also accept a neck scratch and head tickle!

She will also accept a neck scratch and head tickle!