Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Wild Things in Richmond Surrey


So this was the colony I was considering joining if I couldn’t find my way out of the park yesterday. These cute little guys are all over Richmond Park—a plot of 2300+ acres that has about 600 deer living within its boundaries.



The weather is one of the wildest things in this city. The sky can go from looking like it does above to raining in mere minutes. Today it rained about six times, in between wind gusts and bright, warm summer sky. It’s sort of like Hawaii but colder, breezier and without the bikinis. Needless to say, my umbrella has taken up permanent residence in my purse. Doesn’t that shot above just weep of Heathcliff and Catherine whispering along the moors?



The other wild things in the neighborhood? Spiders. Yesterday as I wandered through the penthouse looking for good Internet reception locations, I discovered five (FIVE!) big spiders on the ceiling in the loft. Of course I ran downstairs and texted Mr. W immediately. For some reason the Brits who own the joint don’t believe in vacuum ownership, so if I want to relocate them, I’m going to have to catch them one-by-one in a glass like I do at home. I’m a little worried that they might employ a pack mentality, though, and swarm me as soon as I try to get one. Mr. W could very well come home to find me wrapped in a giant cocoon.

I miss my bug-eating cats.

7 comments:

SoMi's Nilsa said...

I adore spiders because they catch/eat other bugs. But ... I have a pact with them that they can't make residence in my home. When I see spiders in my house, I kill them. It's just the way it's gotta be.

Lara Watkins said...

Lovely post...until the frickin spiders! Smoosh them.

Mandy's Kidding said...

I figure spiders eat centipedes so they get to stay.

Mel Heth said...

Nilsa - I just decided to stay downstairs and let them keep the loft...

Lara - I can't smoosh them! That's bad karma!

Mandy - I agree...but they still creep me out a little.

geekhiker said...

My catch-and-release policy was solid till I found my first black widow a few months ago. Then I hauled out the spray. Bad karma, perhaps, but so be it: she (and her potential nest of babies) had to go.

Lara Watkins said...

Karma shmarma...the shoe of life is already holding me down...squash them!

Mel Heth said...

Geekhiker - Yeah I break my karma rule when it comes to those little buggers. And if I ever see a brown recluse, he'd get it too. If I see a tarantula, I'll likely just drop dead.