We spent last night near Narbonne; and today we head for Spain

We spent last night near Narbonne; and today we head for Spain

After a fairly long day yesterday, which included dropping off dogs Chipie and Cookies, and cats Emie and Eluka, we reached the southern French town of Narbonne last night.

This morning we walked Guiseppe and Arfa through the vineyard and along the canal towpath. Then it was off to deliver three cats before crossing the border into Spain. We reunited Thomas and Henry with Julie, and delivered Pod to Jennifer who is taking care of him until his new home is ready.

Guiseppe enjoyed his morning walk — nose up, drinking in the lovely smells of the meadow grass and flowers

Guiseppe enjoyed his morning walk — nose up, drinking in the lovely smells of the meadow grass and flowers

Guiseppe was puzzled by how many plane trees were missing from the canal banks. We explained that they've been felled because of a canker, and will be replaced by other varieties that are resistent to it, including silver limes and American planes. (You can find out more here: http://www.replantonslecanaldumidi.fr/en)

Guiseppe was puzzled by how many plane trees were missing from the canal banks. We explained that they’ve been felled because of a canker, and will be replaced by other varieties that are resistent to it, including silver limes and American planes. (You can find out more here: http://www.replantonslecanaldumidi.fr/en))

Arfa was equally puzzled by what he took to be missing vines! Don't worry Arfa, those long lines of little green sticks you can see are new baby vines, planted just a few days ago to replace the tired old ones!

Arfa was equally puzzled by what he took to be missing vines! Don’t worry Arfa, those long lines of little green sticks you can see are new baby vines, planted just a few days ago to replace the tired old ones!

We drove to Chenil la Bedouce, a kennels and cattery in the Aude region of France, to deliver Thomas (here) and Henry (below) to Julie

We drove to Chenil la Bedouce, a kennels and cattery in the Aude region of France, to deliver Thomas (here) and Henry (below) to Julie

Thomas (above) and Henry (here) were adopted by Julie while she was living in the Plymouth area of England, and have come to join her now that she is managing La Bedouce

Thomas (above) and Henry (here) were adopted by Julie while she was living in the Plymouth area of England, and have come to join her now that she is managing La Bedouce

The meadows around La Bedouce were full of wildflowers. Can you help identify them?

The meadows around La Bedouce were full of wildflowers. Can you help identify them?

This looks like some kind of orchid

This looks like some kind of orchid

We have no idea what this one is!

We have no idea what this one is!

Handsome Pod was pleased to reach Jennifer at the Chatil de Lomagne [http://www.haumont.com/] cattery in the Garonne region of France

Handsome Pod was pleased to reach Jennifer at the Chatil de Lomagne cattery in the Garonne region of France

Shadow not looking too pleased at being woken up for the camera!

Shadow not looking too pleased at being woken up for the camera!

By |2016-10-17T10:51:27+00:00Wednesday, April 30, 2014|animal transportation, pet travel by road, pets on holiday|36 Comments

36 Comments

  1. easyweimaraner April 30, 2014 at 4:59 pm - Reply

    I’m not good in botanical things, I’m more the meat-guy :o) but the last one could be a brown knapweed :o) (maybe you can smoke it?) Have a good trip and I hope they have better weather in spain :o)

    • Animalcouriers May 1, 2014 at 2:03 pm - Reply

      Ah, the Spanish weather is treating them well! We might give the smoking a miss this time 😉

  2. onespoiledcat April 30, 2014 at 5:02 pm - Reply

    Sorry – don’t recognize those plants but they are sure pretty!! Love Pod’s expression……

    Pam

    • Animalcouriers May 1, 2014 at 2:03 pm - Reply

      Pod manages to look a little grumpy most of the time but he’s a lovely chap!

  3. Jodi April 30, 2014 at 6:41 pm - Reply

    Beautiful flowers, I have no idea what they are though….:-)

  4. Shiva & Jaya April 30, 2014 at 6:49 pm - Reply

    Bootiful Shadow,

    We understanding where you coming from. Paparazzos after us all the time!

    XXXX Your elected Purrime Ministerettes

  5. Gunta April 30, 2014 at 8:49 pm - Reply

    Shadow looks like me in the mornings… Lovely flowers, but I have no idea as to identification.

    • Animalcouriers May 1, 2014 at 2:05 pm - Reply

      At least you don’t have a camera shoved in your face then 😀

      • Gunta May 1, 2014 at 8:05 pm - Reply

        Oh no! THAT would certainly never be allowed. Poor Shadow, she has my sympathies. O_o

  6. tootlepedal April 30, 2014 at 10:40 pm - Reply

    The plane trees are very sad. We saw a lot of the diseased ones when we cycled along the canal a couple of years ago.

    • Animalcouriers May 1, 2014 at 2:06 pm - Reply

      Heartbreaking to hear the machines cut them down and rip them out. Can’t face watching.

  7. Lavinia Ross April 30, 2014 at 10:57 pm - Reply

    The yellow ones look a bit like what we call “Buttercups” over here. The others, no clue except the orchid-like one looks as if it might be something in the Lobelia family.

    • Animalcouriers May 1, 2014 at 2:08 pm - Reply

      Thanks, think you’re right. We’ll have to ask for a wildflower spotting book for Christmas.

  8. Sheila Morris April 30, 2014 at 11:01 pm - Reply

    We always are sad to hear that trees have been lost – but encouraged to see new seedlings! Your countryside remains beautiful and the flowers remind me of the wildflowers in southeast Texas that I see every year. Unfortunately, I skipped the flower-naming class, too. The name Pod is beyond cute and your passengers as precious as ever. I love your blog every time.

    • Animalcouriers May 1, 2014 at 2:11 pm - Reply

      Yes, the fact that they’re replanting is great – won’t live to see them mature though. The existing ones are around 300 years old. Pod is a very fine name, we’ll have to file that one away for later.

  9. Marty the Manx May 1, 2014 at 12:19 am - Reply

    No idea on the flowers. Thanks for the link about the canal trees, that was interesting. Love the photos as always especially Guiseppe!

  10. The Lonely Dogs May 1, 2014 at 12:45 am - Reply

    Such beautiful meadows you guys got to enjoy there, does anyone ever try to go splash in the water during your walks? 🙂

    • Animalcouriers May 1, 2014 at 2:12 pm - Reply

      Oh yes, many would be in in a heart beat given the chance 😀

  11. Jovina Coughlin May 1, 2014 at 12:58 am - Reply

    Guiseppe is so handsome

  12. Nylabluesmum May 1, 2014 at 1:25 am - Reply

    Guiseppe is cute cute cute!!
    Poor Shadow beein woken up….he iz adorbale too….all da 4 leggedz are so lubly nn da sceneree iz purrty…so many flowerz…
    Iz dat spikey one a kind of poppy?? What doez me nose about flowerz?? 😉
    We haz nuffin here yet….*sighz*
    Lub Nylablue n Mum too <3 <3

    • Animalcouriers May 1, 2014 at 2:15 pm - Reply

      We were jolly rude to wake Shadow up but we think Antonio (her owner) was pleased to see her 😉 Keep the wild flowers in your mind and hopefully some will appear in your neighbourhood soon!

      • Nylabluesmum May 2, 2014 at 1:36 am - Reply

        Yow Miss Annie Shadow will fergive ya!!
        N Me n Mum looked fer flowerz today butt nuffin yet….**sighz**
        Lub Nylablue n Sherriellen Mum <3 <3 <3

  13. digitalgranny May 1, 2014 at 5:53 am - Reply

    Guiseppe is such a cutie.
    I love Pod and have decided he needs to come and live with me.
    Such a pretty meadow and wander in.’have a good rest of the week.

  14. Midwestern Plant Girl May 1, 2014 at 11:28 am - Reply

    Stumped! Nothing like these plants in the Midwest. The first does look like a lobelia family, I agree with past comment. .. Cutie animals tho! !

    • Animalcouriers May 1, 2014 at 2:16 pm - Reply

      Never mind, we can all enjoy them for their looks if not their names 😉

  15. becomingcliche May 2, 2014 at 4:31 pm - Reply

    I always love the animal pics, but this time the flowers stole the show! Gorgeous photos!

    • Animalcouriers May 6, 2014 at 12:13 pm - Reply

      We couldn’t resist taking pictures as the sight was such a pleasure.

  16. Boomdeeadda May 7, 2014 at 2:53 pm - Reply

    I do think the first flower is a wild orchid, I bet that was stunning in full bloom. The second flower looks like a purple firework. I’ve seen similar ones at Google image, but not really identical to your photo? Would be Interesting to know though, now I’m really curious.

  17. Clowie May 16, 2014 at 12:15 pm - Reply

    I think the orchid is a lady orchid.

  18. petspeopleandlife May 27, 2014 at 1:18 am - Reply

    Such a shame with the native tree loss along the canal. Hopefully the new trees will be disease resistant. Love the Doxie’s color and all the cats are so handsome and lovely to view. I really enjoyed seeing the meadow flowers. Nice shots of them to show the beauty.

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