"Well, there is only one piece of advice I can give you," said the wisest of wise men. "The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon."

('The Alchemist' Paulo Coelho)

Wednesday, September 20, 2006


There was one there again today. They're definitely stalking me, sitting there in the corner of the sink, black, enormous, hairy, threatening, legs splayed, beady eyes (if I were close enough to see) staring at me, willing me to look down and see them before scuttling off to the other corner of the sink while I charge off round the school looking for some kind soul to come and do the necessary.
I know it's a different one each day because I always insist that my rescuer kills the little beast rather than just putting it outside. If you do that, they just wait till your back's turned and sneak back in again. But what I don't understand is why mine is the only sink they gravitate to? Or maybe I do. It's like I said, they're stalking me...


  1. Must be mating season. Nothing personal, but somewhere way back I remember reading that the spiders you find in sinks and baths are males who fall in when wandering about looking for a mate.

    Blame global warming Or hormones in tap water. Whatever, keep this up and you will have a totally female population of spiders in Wales!

  2. SUCKS! = Save United Kingdom Spiders!
    The cruel spider stalker/killer. Mrs Jenny Taylor. Reward for her apprehension 1000 Welsh groats (Or whatever currency they use in Wales. Sheep?)
    Remember it's Hug-A-Spider Week next week.

  3. Too much time spent on "the web", YP.
    Why not buy a can of insecticide, Jenny? Do they sell "Raid" on that side of the pond? It's really quite effective, and when the can's empty, you can MASH them with it.

  4. We don't have a problem with them in our house, we see a spider and one of the cats sees a tasy snack!

  5. I thought St David rid Wales of spiders years ago or am I getting my saints mixed up? They are good to have around because they eat flys jenny, and what about those lovely webs? eight legs good, two legs bad as George orwell said

  6. SP, I'd prefer a population on no spiders thanks.
    Paul and Debbie, could you send a cat over here pronto, please?
    Dale, yes they do sell Raid here. I keep a can in the bathroom and one downstairs - just in case.

  7. Arthur, it was St Patrick who killed all the snakes in Ireland - close but not close enough!
    YP - where did the Taylor come from? Do you know me better than I thought? (Not my current name, by the way.)

  8. watch out for YP jenny, these spider liberation front people are capable of anything - you'll probably find him in a balaclava in your bath with a jamjar in the middle of the night and he won't be there to leave you a box of chocolates either

  9. Well that'll be interesting! I don't often get men in my bath these days. ;)An improvement on spiders though!

  10. Stalking, yes...and apparently, reproducing quite quickly.

  11. Incy wincy spiderman climbing up the spout! - Y.Pudding

  12. You still didn't answer my question YP! Are you part of the SSS? (Spider Secret Service).

    Jonathan, they certainly are, we are overrun by them this autumn. :(

  13. Look on the bright side, at least it was at the school and not at home :o)



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