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Spider, man!

As you may well know, spiders have never been my strong point.

Only 2 years ago I’d torch the buggers with a hairspray can and lighter, rather than go near it.

A year ago I managed to catch one in a glass and let it loose outside… It got to a point where I could catch it and let it go AS LONG as it didn’t move during the process… if it moved, the pint glass was turned rapidly upside down and the spider became bigger, flatter….deader.

I had to overcome this fear though – or else little Alex would fear spiders too… and that wouldn’t be a fair thing for me to pass on.

A year ago at my last job I encountered a weird spider outside of my office window… I observed, contacted the Natural History Museum and found out it was a very rare sight for a human to see. It was some kind of woodland night time spider. Big thing – bit like a garden spider, but in a leather jacket with a skull on the back. In fact this thing did have a skull like pattern on the back!

Anyway, this rare spider had young un’s…. One got into the office. It was tiny only 1mm across… and each day I decided to pick it up to try and out grow my fear. It got bigger (only about 1cm across) before it vanished… but it was a start for me.

Then a few weeks ago a reasonable sized house spider caught me off guard in the bathroom. The only thing I could do was scoop it up by hand… EEEP!

That was it though – Once I held it I realised the fear was on the way out. It was just a spider! It was a bit like getting into a cold swimming pool! The initial touch was chilling… but within moments it was walking over my hand and I was not too freaked!

Then a few weeks later I caught a slightly bigger one in a glass… took it outside… then tipped the glass onto my hand and let it run around a bit. Once more gaining confidence!

Then tonight…. I heard thumping on the kitchen ceiling as this brute walked across it. Too big for even me! I took a pint glass and card and caught it… took it outside… and just figured I’d do it… no time to think….

I figure I’m pretty well on my way to beating the fear! This thing was huge and had weight to it!!!

I even managed to keep it entertained whilst I called Chris on my mobile…. She answered from safe in the house… I asked her to bring my camera out and leave it on the doorstep so I could get some pictures!

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More pictures HERE


House Spider

Okay, I used to hate all spiders. It is an irrational fear for a guy from the UK, but it is there. Maybe it is proof of mans lineage and interconnectedness, or maybe I’m hiding behind some Darwinesque theory….

Where in the past a spider would not have had chance to scream “eeeeep!” in the time between me seeing it, and it seeing its maker, I have partially beaten this stupid phobia. I now try to capture them and bung them outside.

There are occasions during the capture when a reasonable spider will do something stupid (like move) which will end its chance of outdoor freedom, as I swing the pint glass around from open end to heavy closed end down… But you have to understand… It’s a survival thing… it’s the spider or me… or at least my natural thousand year old programming!

This big beast (look, it’s the UK, so this is big) gave us a bit of a shock as I went to turn out the lights tonight… It was just sitting up on the ceiling over the end of our bed…

Apparently we eat 3 spiders a year in our sleep… Looking at this one I think I would know I had eaten it, as I wouldn’t have been able to manage breakfast…..

Luckily it knew the score, so it stayed still as I put on my brave hunter face and captured it. Yes, it doesn’t sound like a big deal, but a year or two ago there would either have been a dirty smudge on the ceiling, or the house would have been up for sale…

Stupid irrational fear!


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