Yesterday we delivered gentle giant Pod to Jennifer, who will take care of him at her cattery in the Garonne until his new French home is ready. From there we headed to Spain, and spent last night in Gandesa, in the Catalan region. Today we continue our journey south that will ultimately take us all the way to Portugal.

Jennifer gives Pod a 'hello' hug

Jennifer gives Pod a ‘hello’ hug

Pod wastes no time finding his way to his brunch

Pod wastes no time finding his way to his brunch

Jennifer's cattery looks as welcoming now as it did when we first visited several years ago. Made of wood and with nicely spaced pens, there's also a secure walkway that meant we could wander through and say 'hi' to the current guests. Jennifer tells us she has over 70 regular clients now, including her own vet!

Jennifer’s cattery looks as welcoming now as it did when we first visited several years ago. Made of wood and with nicely spaced pens, there’s also a secure walkway that meant we could wander through and say ‘hi’ to the current guests. Jennifer tells us she has over 70 regular clients now, including her own vet!

What started out as a hobby for Jennifer has become quite a serious beekeeping endeavour now. The French government is sufficiently concerned about the dwindling honeybee population that they provide training and sponsorship for people with a serious interest in beekeeping.

What started out as a hobby for Jennifer has become quite a serious beekeeping endeavour now. The French government is sufficiently concerned about the dwindling honeybee population that they provide training and sponsorship for people with a serious interest in beekeeping.

Jennifer told us she had recently rescued a swarm of 'lost' bees from a house where they had settled between a window and its shutters. We also met a small group of 'scavenger' bees who are camping out in Jennifer's spare travelling hive.

Jennifer told us she had recently rescued a swarm of ‘lost’ bees from a house where they had settled between a window and its shutters. We also met a small group of ‘scavenger’ bees who are camping out in Jennifer’s spare travelling hive.

Near the tunnel that provides a cut-through from Toulouse in France to Barcelona in Spain, we discovered a little heap of snow. Arfa was intrigued as he doesn't have much experience of the white stuff — but told us he fancies his hand at skiing.

Near the tunnel that provides a cut-through from Toulouse in France to Barcelona in Spain, we discovered a little heap of snow. Arfa was intrigued as he doesn’t have much experience of the white stuff — but told us he fancies his hand at skiing.

Shadow has started showing us her playful side, rolling around and grabbing at toys. She's so sweet it's easy to see why Antonio adores her. Watch out Victoria, you have competition!

Shadow has started showing us her playful side, rolling around and grabbing at toys. She’s so sweet it’s easy to see why Antonio adores her. Watch out Victoria, you have competition!

Guiseppe enjoys the early morning Spanish sunshine as he walks through a field of poppies

Guiseppe enjoys the early morning Spanish sunshine as he walks through a field of poppies

Guiseppe loves rummaging for new smells and sweet grasses to chew

Guiseppe loves rummaging for new smells and sweet grasses to chew

Arfa isn't really a chap to sniff around in the undergrowth, he's more keen on moseying about at his own gentle pace, keeping a lookout for anyone who might like to admire him!

Arfa isn’t really a chap to sniff around in the undergrowth, he’s more keen on moseying about at his own gentle pace, keeping a lookout for anyone who might like to admire him!

Arfa is always pleased to get back to his compartment after a walk and have a long cool drink of water

Arfa is always pleased to get back to his compartment after a walk and have a long cool drink of water

Multistorey storks! This must be what happens when you run out of space to build the home of your dreams, but the advantages doubtless include babysitters on tap.

Multistorey storks! This must be what happens when you run out of space to build the home of your dreams, but the advantages doubtless include babysitters on tap.