Monday, 25 July 2011

If you don't like spiders, then look away now . . . !

We've had a super start to the holidays, bike riding, swimming parties for some and picnic lunches for others.  We then thought we ought to undercover the sandpit and see what state it was in since last year.  The little ones busied themselves with a bowl of warm soapy water, cleaning buckets, spades and rakes, while I had the more gruesome task of getting rid of the creepy crawlies!  It was a bit of a nature spectacular this afternoon outside our back door.  First we spotted a little frog hopping around, who quickly hid under a box when everyone came over to examine him and then I spotted these two mummies . . .
I don't think I have ever seen a spider with an egg sack or one with lots of teeny tiny baby spiders crawling around, but there they were on the underside of our sandpit cover - obviously the place to be to raise your spider babies!!  It brought back many memories of Charlotte's Web - I must get that book to read to Flopsy Bunny - it was another favourite of mine as a child.

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