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28 Aug / Persistent

I dislike spiders. I used to hate them and fear them in equal measure, but I’m too old for such extreme emotions these days.

Now, when I see a spider of a size I object to, I calmly ask my darling if he could remove it from the dwelling. That’s why he’s my darling.

Inside, of course, I still do the spider dance of gwagh (that’s the most accurate rendition of what comes out of my mouth that I can type) along with the obligatory jerky hand movements and screams.

Outside, however, all is calm.

There was an incident eighteen months ago (in Australia of course) where a huntsman decided to take up residence behind our curtain. The dance didn’t stay inside that time, but I think that was a hand-sized permission slip, right there.

Tonight, I was headed to the fridge when I encountered a two-inched objection scuttling across the door.

My darling was in fine form and safely caught it inside a teacup. Not as easy as it sounds because the spider was on top of the cupboard in which the said teacup was contained. It then used the opportunity of the door opening to investigate inside the cupboard.

Never mind. It was done.

Half an episode of Hannibal later and an objectionable sized spider came through the French doors. It only took a second to recognise IT WAS EXACTLY THE SAME SPIDER.

I kid you not.

Unfortunately, the second capture didn’t go quite so smoothly as the first. At least it didn’t from the spider’s point of view. It went fine from my perspective. And that’s just working on the assumption that spider’s need eight legs for some reason. Not five.

By Katherine Hayton in Katherine Hayton's Blog

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