Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Archnophobes Beware!

So after the talk of venomous things yesterday, look what I found in the kitchen sink this morning.

Spider in the sink

It was about 12cm across its legs and was crouching over the balled-up remains of a dead spider. I would like to think it was in mourning, but in reality I know it was probably digesting. I had seen it lurking behind the bathroom a door few days ago, but hadn’t given it much thought. Up close and personal though it looked a bit more aggressive, so I steered clear – although I still gave it a tea-towel to help it climb out of the sink… which it then went and hid in. This evening it wasn’t in sight… until the washing machine started emptying and suddenly it popped out of the drain in the sink to escape the deluge. Hmm… I wonder if there’s a spider identification website out there somewhere to reassure me that it’s actually perfectly safe…

EDIT: OK, so Claire is an arachnophobe and was starting to do the dishes this evening (we like the new lodger, btw!) when she saw it and let out a scream, so the wee beastie was enticed into a glass and transported to the foliage on the far side of the parking area outside the flat.

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