Our UK-bound trip stopped near the Italian city of Milan to collect a party of six goldfinches and two bullfinches. These beautiful, colourful birds are providing a wonderful music backdrop to the journey.

Above the lakes of Geneva in Switzerland we met Marley, who belongs to John’s daughter. She’s living in West Sussex and Marley is now off to join her. John, a Texan ranch owner, has been caring for Marley at their Swiss home near Neuchâtel.

While in Geneva we also collected Kooikerhondje Edie. She travelled with us to Switzerland from the UK a month ago to be with her owner Ben, who’s been directing a production of Much Ado About Nothing. Wherever Ben goes, Edie goes, and after a successful run at the theatre and some holiday time in the mountains, both are heading home to London.

Victoria loves snoozing on a comfy hotel bed

Victoria loves snoozing on a comfy hotel bed

Little Piccola having a midnight snack. She has a huge character and is taking travel in her stride — and loving being the centre of attention in every hotel we stay at!

Little Piccola having a midnight snack. She has a huge character and is taking travel in her stride — and loving being the centre of attention in every hotel we stay at!

One of six goldfinches

One of six goldfinches

One of two bullfinches

One of two bullfinches

Milo listening intently to the birdsong

Milo listening intently to the birdsong

Bichette hoping to catch a glmpse of a finch

Bichette hoping to catch a glmpse of a finch

Courier S stopped off at a patisserie for coffee and a croissant this morning and thought these worm pies might appeal to the finches…

Courier S stopped off at a patisserie for coffee and a croissant this morning and thought these worm pies might appeal to the finches…

Marley gets a goodbye hug from John

Marley gets a goodbye hug from John

Ben with lovely Edie

Ben with lovely Edie

Pretty Victoria out walking

Pretty Victoria out walking

Breathtaking views as we head through the mountains from Chevry, making our way towards Calais

Breathtaking views as we head through the mountains from Chevry, making our way towards Calais

Makes us think about Christmas!

Makes us think about Christmas!