Our ferry from Greece to Italy was on time, so we were able to get the new tyres fitted on our van without delay. While that was being taken care of, we gave the dogs an extra leg stretch.

New tyres going on our van

Jerry enjoying a walk

Jerry enjoying a walk

Mirsa, very attentive

Mirsa, very attentive

A night at the A3Passi hotel

We spent the night in Ancona, at one of our very favourite places, the A3Passi Agriturismo Hotel. The hotel is actually closed until the end of January, but when we asked for a room, we were welcomed like old friends. The weather was extraordinary — very cold, with large hailstones falling all around us.

Antonio from A3Passi. He told us that his olive trees need 20 days of very low temperatures a year to produce the best olives.

Antonio from A3Passi. He told us that his olive trees need 20 days of very low temperatures a year to produce the best olives.

Not a flying machine, but Antonio's whizzy new olive-gathering machine. The centre mechanism grips the base of the olive tree, then vibrates to shake the olives out of the tree. At the same time, the green wings spread out around the tree to catch the falling olives. A3Passi has extensive olive groves, so they have to work quickly, and this new machine will help.

Not a flying machine, but Antonio’s whizzy new olive-gathering machine. The centre mechanism grips the base of the olive tree, then vibrates to shake the olives out of the tree. At the same time, the green wings spread out around the tree to catch the falling olives. A3Passi has extensive olive groves, so they have to work quickly, and this new machine will help.

The welcoming sight, and scent, of rosemary

The welcoming sight, and scent, of rosemary

Come rain or shine, vegetables are picked every day in the fields at A3Passi. Even hailstorms 3mm in diameter didn't stop the work. People drive from miles around to buy veggies here, and A3Passi also supplies local hotels and restaurants. We were treated to a carrier bag of fennel, cauliflower and an interesting cabbage-cum-lettuce, which can be briefly cooked or used in salads.

Come rain or shine, vegetables are picked every day in the fields at A3Passi. Even hailstorms 3mm in diameter didn’t stop the work. People drive from miles around to buy veggies here, and A3Passi also supplies local hotels and restaurants. We were treated to a carrier bag of fennel, cauliflower and an interesting cabbage-cum-lettuce, which can be briefly cooked or used in salads.

Morning walks

There are lots of lovely dog-walking opportunities at A3Passi.

Calle raring to go, showing her stunning eyes

Calle raring to go, showing her stunning eyes

Calle got caught in the hail, but didn't seem to mind in the slightest

Calle got caught in the hail, but didn’t seem to mind in the slightest

Courier M with Djibril (and his ball!)

Courier M with Djibril (and his ball!)

Don't think he's going to put the ball down anytime soon!

Don’t think he’s going to put the ball down anytime soon!

Bonnie never stops smiling. She takes great pleasure in the people around her, and her tail just wags and wags.

Bonnie never stops smiling. She takes great pleasure in the people around her, and her tail just wags and wags.

If you stop to look at something, Bonnie stops to look too. Do remember, if you can help to find Bonnie her forever home, please email <a href=

If you stop to look at something, Bonnie stops to look too. Do remember, if you can help to find Bonnie her forever home, please email Wendy Loytier or lesvosstraydogcatadoptions@gmail.com

Blacky was a shy girl at first, but with plenty of TLC from courier M, she's starting to come out of her shell

Blacky was a shy girl at first, but with plenty of TLC from courier M, she’s starting to come out of her shell

Gentle giant Mirsa — she'd love to play with all the other dogs, and with Hooper too!

Gentle giant Mirsa — she’d love to play with all the other dogs, and with Hooper too!

Hooper, so alert and curious, watching as the dogs come and go on their walks, and courier J cleans out the bedrooms

Hooper, so alert and curious, watching as the dogs come and go on their walks, and courier J cleans out the bedrooms