Animalcouriers spent last night in the Italian town of Ancona at our favourite Agroturismo hotel, A3Passi, with its restaurant La Tavola del Carmine.

As usual we had a heavenly space for dog walking, through olive groves and up a little hill. While out with the dogs we watched produce being harvested both for sale in their little shop and also for their ever-changing menu.

After a breakfast of local yoghurt, their own eggs and home-made bread, we made a trip to the shop to buy honey to take home, and then we were on our way.

Walking Lina and Romy together brings a few challenges — these young, playful dogs can't resist a friendly tussle and a roll on the path

Walking Lina and Romy together brings a few challenges — these young, playful dogs can’t resist a friendly tussle and a roll on the path

Lina persuades Romy into having some more fun

Lina persuades Romy into having some more fun

Come on girls, if you don't concentrate, you'll only want a wee once we're on the road!

Come on girls, if you don’t concentrate, you’ll only want a wee once we’re on the road!

Lisa watches from the back of the Animalcouriers van — a safe vantage point to observe what the 'youngsters' are up to. Just too exhausting, she said, sitting down.

Lisa watches from the back of the Animalcouriers van — a safe vantage point to observe what the ‘youngsters’ are up to. Just too exhausting, she said, sitting down.

Delicious produce that goes into La Tavola's home-made potato spaghetti, and served in home-made artichoke puree, gnocchi and soups

Delicious produce that goes into La Tavola’s home-made potato spaghetti, and served in home-made artichoke puree, gnocchi and soups

With Easter just around the corner the shop at the hotel and restaurant is offering Easter eggs made with their own olive oil chocolate, filled with individually wrapped chocolatini! A little beyond our pockets, but wonderful to look at!

With Easter just around the corner the shop at the hotel and restaurant is offering Easter eggs made with their own olive oil chocolate, filled with individually wrapped chocolatini! A little beyond our pockets, but wonderful to look at!

More beautifully presented home-made Easter treats

More beautifully presented home-made Easter treats