2013

We moved to Corfu in the autumn of 2011 and our house is now finally beginning to look like a home and the Christmas holidays have been very cosy. The insulation work and new roof have done wonders and the house was warm even after the 12 hour power cut on Christmas day. We still have a bit of work to do on the inside but will finally have time to work on the garden and the exterior of the house.

2013 has been a good year for us in many ways but there have been sadness too. Our husky Indy has been taken ill with ehrlichiosis, an infection caused by the bacteria Ehrlichia canis, spread by the brown dog-tick, Rhipicephalus sanguineus. We have treated him with antibiotics on several occasions and he has been better for a while and then worse again. Right now he has been off antibiotics for two months and he eats a lot and has gained weight but still hs pain in his legs and back and has to be treated with cortisol every third day. We have started to take longer walks on soft ground so that he can exercise his muscles without straining them too much and we can only hope that this will help and relieve him of some of the stiffness and pain. Indy’s illness has been on our minds for much of the year and it is one of the reasons I haven’t been posting regularly on my blog this year.

A herping trip to Paxos in May was one of this year’s highlights. We spent a few beautiful days on this tiny Island looking for snakes and had time to take in some of the sights, too. We have had visits from both family and friends this summer and have spent a lot of time driving around the island. We have added to our lists of herps, orchids and insects and spotted several species new to us and we are confident that 2014 will bring more great sightings.

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