September – Spiders

September – Spiders!

We think that this is the same spider that we found behind the insulation. Is it possibly Mr. Foofles or Aragog? We checked behind the insulation and the spider was gone! So, guess he went on a walkabout and discovered the new bath that we had only just bought and put in place. Silly fellow could have escaped down the plughole, but maybe he’s had experience of plugholes, before and decided not to check it out.

First thing I have to do is to prepare a new home for him. This entails slipping some nice soft paper toweling into a sturdy box.

Then, I placed the box just above Aragog in the bath, and with a gentle nudge from behind, he runs into the folds of the paper.

(And then I STAMP on it!!!! LOL 🤣   🤣  )

There he is – checking out the facilities


OF COURSE, I WAS JOKING ABOUT STAMPING ON HIM!  As if I would do something like that!   😇

Next thing is to set up the ladder to access the top floor. I bet you are wondering HOW she is going to fit through that gap!!! 

But she does. Carrying the box, careful not to give Aragog any dizziness or motion sickness, I climb to the top of the ladder,

Rather than totally pull the insulation back, I crawl under it, on the floor. This is the view down below…..

And……. this is the view after I have ‘crawled on all 4s’ from under the insulation.

In a special place, we have  ‘Spider Villas‘. There are already two other residents, who were in their homes when last we checked. 

One is in a similar ‘box’ but the first one was placed in a French Face Flannel, but with the customary soft paper inside to hold it open.

So, now there are three! I should expect that they will go off and make some web nests, but might be glad of somewhere warm to go in the winter.We found this poor chap on the floor this morning. Don’t know what happened to him – hope that it is not one from upstairs  😢  We have learned quite a bit about Giant House Spiders like these. They are harmless, don’t bite, keep the house clean of small insects, need water to survive and live for 3 to 6 years. They will run and hide rather than be aggressive and they move very fast. Must lay on some water for them! 😉

So, then it is ‘back-crawl’, through the insulation, feel for the rungs of the ladder and head down to the ground floor

Insulation back in place. We will eventually have a roof hatch with drop-down steps, but at the moment the only access is a ladder.


5 thoughts on “September – Spiders

  • September 24, 2017 at 03:27

    Well, the Cherrys are at it again ! The two of you have more energy than a room full of kindergartners. I was able to see the tile floors but was wondering what the floor coverings will be in the livingroom?

  • September 24, 2017 at 03:29

    How much longer are you going to be able to enjoy your garden?

  • October 2, 2017 at 18:09

    I can tell you Helaine, that we are a bit like kindergartners in that we are so tired from the work, the day before, we find it difficult to get up and get going in the morning – especially these mornings that have been a bit chillier and dull over the past few weeks. BUT, once up and in the groove again – we are off and running……… then complaining that we have to stop as it gets too dark. No lights in half of the house, you see. But electrician rectifying that with a big workload on 2nd and 3rd October…… Then there will be LIGHT!

  • October 2, 2017 at 18:14

    We will have the garden all year round. Most of what we have out there are evergreen or will flower throughout the winter. Even on a sunny November day we should be able to sit out in our ‘Cap Corner’ and enjoy the sun. Why is it called ‘Cap Corner’ – well the Lighthouse seen on the point is called ‘Cap Frehel Lighthouse’ – so, we thought it apt to call our sunny corner ‘Cap Corner’.

  • October 2, 2017 at 21:42

    Helaine: Reference to the floor covering in the living-room…… the kitchen area will be to the front of the house and we will most likely have tiles on that floor. The rest of the floor space back to the media room will probably be a wood floor with rugs. The artificial wood (water resistant) that we have for the bathroom looks good – but we have looked at various types of wood for the living room – maybe Bordeaux Pine.

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