Monthly Archives: April 2006

Spiders, getting bigger…..


I got a rather “abusive” call at work the other day, from my dear other half, about a little present I had left her, under a glass on the cooker.

As I was leaving at 5am, on the day in question, I pulled on my trusty old black hoodie and happened to catch out of the corner of my eye, what I thought was a thread on my shoulder. It wasn’t until I raised my hand to pull the offending thread off, that the 2 front legs of something raised up causing me to start trying to shake the thing off me whilst trying to get the hoodie off again. I thought I had a black widow on me, but luckily no. A house spider! Lucky me! It was however the biggest house spider I have had the misfortune of encountering.

I just thought I’d live it for the kids to see. Honest.

So you can imagine my trauma was in no way alleviated when I returned today, to be told that Sam had been emptying his rucksack onto the sofa, had sat down, then launched himself into the air when Leigh started screaming at him to “Get up! Get up!”

A very large, larger than we have yet encoutered, black widow was sitting next to him!

The critter was trapped under a tea towel, whilst Leigh grabbed a glass and came to an untimely end, under Leigh’s boot by the front door I’m afraid. (And I am begining to be very afraid!)

Suddenly Devon seems a whole lot more appealing….

Live! Bald Eagles are nesting….


When Doug Carrick retired to live on his secluded Hornby Island property, (a gulf island, between the mainland and Vancouver Island), he had no idea that a pair of nesting bald eagles would bring the world into his backyard.

The website which began operating March 27, has already had a big response: Bloggers have picked up on it, and there have been calls from Venezuela and the U.S.A from people wondering about using similar technology to watch other birds. The web site has drawn up to two million viewers a day, and an average simultaneous connection count of 4,500 viewers.

Carrick says the female dominates the nest, but the male takes his turn every hour and a half to sit on the two eggs. The camera also picks up the sound of the couple squabbling over who gets to decorate the nest with new sticks.

The eagles are oblivious to the camera, making website visitors bystanders to the birds’ daily routine. The images are live from sunrise to sunset; when it gets dark, taped footage from earlier in the day is played. Be patient. The images are sent in Windoze Media Player instead of the more productive QuickTime format, but you will eventually see them (waits of up to 5 minutes have been reported).

Visit Doug Carrick’s site, click on the link at the top of the page, and join thousands of others viewing the nest. Go To: