Sunday, 4 March 2007

So much for spending the day writing.

I've discovered why the kitchen periodically smells of raw sewage and it's not my cooking. Well, not directly. Either my next door neightbour or her neighbour on the other side has a blocked drain. As the three drains join, we're all getting our own back ... and then some. First thing tomorrow it's a call to the plumber. (Lucky I've got all those fridge magnets, isn't it?)

4 comments:

budak said...

you must also worry about giant feral cats in Victoria... http://scienceblogs.com/tetrapodzoology/2007/03/australias_new_feral_mega_cats.php#more

Kip said...

Sorry to comment of topic but...

You sound like you know a lot about 'creepy crawlies'. I have question for you.

It got down to 12deg up here in Bulleen last night, and this morning 'Mr 8 legs' -- the huntsman spider my family had begun by tolerating, and ended up becoming quite affectionate towards in the last several weeks -- was curled up dead on the floor.

The twins (4 years old) want to know what happened. We have been careful not kill him with spray, stopped using that surface spray a while back (but I know, it lingers).

I wondered if it was the cold. It would be nice if I could tell them (honestly) that it wasn't our fault!

Kind Regards

Kip Watson
(blog: littletinsoldier.net)

Snail said...

Part of that feral car URL was cut off by Blogger. The story is here.

Yep, they certainly do get big. It's difficult to tell just how large that Gippsland specimen is but I suspect it looks much bigger than it actually is. The story died pretty quickly after the rounds of the newspapers. (Or I might have missed the fuss.)

Snail said...

Kip, I guess like the rest of us, they just get old ...

OTOH, here's some alternatives:

Could it have been the shed exoskeleton of the spider? Maybe Mr 8 legs is scuttling around somewhere.

If not (and you might not want to share this with the twins), sometimes they get attacked by parasitoids, which kill them on emergence.