Archive | August, 2018

Itsy Bitsy Spiders

2 Aug


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhen I sent out to feed the foxes last night I spied what I first thought was a bunch of odd, grey flowers in the grass.  I reached down to brush it, as it looked soft and fuzzy.

It was a spider’s nest, full to overflowing with the tiniest baby spiders I’ve ever seen. Each of the pinpoints in that photo is a tiny spider. We’ve all seen those round beigey egg sacks, caught in webs in corners or under window sills. This is the first time I’ve ever witnessed what happens when they burst open.  (To be honest, if I find them indoors I vacuum them up immediately.)

After I got my camera, I just left them alone.  I know spiders are the Good Guys in the insect world, so they don’t bother me one bit. However, The Squire can go into an arachni-leptic fit if he sees a spider, and there’s no point in upsetting the poor man. Honestly . . .

Little by Little

1 Aug

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe original part of our house was built around 1935, and judging from the size of the oak trees that grace our back yard, they were planted about the same time.  Which means that they are about at the end of their lives.

The violent storms we’ve had over the last couple of days have brought down some huge dead branches, as well as a lot of little stuff. Some of the branches that fell were large enough to do some serious harm if they had hit either of us.  There’s a lot more dead wood up there, but a lot of green as well, so we shall see. Besides, where will I string my clothesline?

The thought of cutting down those huge trees is heartbreaking. They will leave such a huge hole against the sky!