We called in to collect cats Fluffy and Raf in the Alicante region of Spain. Their owner Helen moved to Cheltenham in January, and her cats have been looked after by Lesley and Mick at their little cattery near Onil in the meantime. Lesley loves animals, and cats are her hobby. She also has chickens, doves and a dog!

Last night we stayed at a very Spanish motel on the edge of the A3 Valencia–Madrid road, where there was a warm welcome for us. We watched a lively football match on TV between Madrid and Barcelona and enjoyed a very Valencian evening meal, surrounded entirely by locals, all enjoying their Sunday evening — despite the eight lanes of traffic outside, the nearby railway line and the airport just a mile or so away!

Lesley gives a goodbye hug to Raf…

Lesley gives a goodbye hug to Raf…

…and to Fluffy. She tells us it's always hard to say goodbye to her boarders, and she'll really miss these two.

…and to Fluffy. She tells us it’s always hard to say goodbye to her boarders, and she’ll really miss these two.

Gorgeous Fluffy is very well named

Gorgeous Fluffy is very well named

Raf, like Fluffy, is friendly and curious

Raf, like Fluffy, is friendly and curious

Raf and Fluffy get settled in

Raf and Fluffy get settled in

While we chatted to Lesley, her own cats paraded up and down in front of the Animalcouriers van, arousing the interest of our passengers. Here's Pickle, very alert.

While we chatted to Lesley, her own cats paraded up and down in front of the Animalcouriers van, arousing the interest of our passengers. Here’s Pickle, very alert.

Gaby finally emerged to show us how beautiful she is

Gaby finally emerged to show us how beautiful she is

Trouble watching Lesley's cats

Trouble watching Lesley’s cats

Rosinha and Panda eyeing up potential new playmates

Rosinha and Panda eyeing up potential new playmates

Kika joined us in our hotel room. She's a very good girl who doesn't snore!

Kika joined us in our hotel room. She’s a very good girl who doesn’t snore!

The hotel's very intriguing garden

The hotel’s very intriguing garden

It includes a number of displays that demonstrate a real interest in animals and history

It includes a number of displays that demonstrate a real interest in animals and history

Spotted at the hotel. Can you work out what it is, and suggest a caption?

Spotted at the hotel. Can you work out what it is, and suggest a caption?