At some point last week Josh wanted to find the pair to his glove which seems to have become a permanent article in his wardrobe, so I thought I’d have a look in the hat box. I rummaged around and found no pair but to be sure I pulled everything out of the box. Then I stepped back a little, and a little further when I realised that the eight legged creature that was left in the box was still moving. In fact it was very much still moving, and not happy to have lost its lovely dark covering and to be brought into the light.
To avoid confusion no our hat box does not contain mud. The photo was after I had moved him into a jam jar with some mud from the garden. He is a male Eastern Mouse Spider, this one was smaller than others we have had, but that might be because he had been in there for a few days and was a little hungry. According to the Australian museum website…
‘Some mouse spiders have a very toxic venom which is potentially as dangerous as that of the Sydney Funnel-web Spider. However, few cases of serious envenomation have been reported, the most serious resulting from the bite of a male Eastern Mouse Spider, Missulena bradleyi near Brisbane…..Because of their potential toxicity to humans, first aid treatment should be provided as recommended for funnel-web spider envenomation. Fortunately, funnel-web spider antivenom has proven effective in cases of mouse spider bite.’
Ah, that would be a spider you do not want to find in your house, let alone your children’s hat box stored under the stairs in the gloom that they have been randomly grabbing hats from! Thank you God for keeping all of us safe from this little wonder of creation. Hopefully there are no more hiding away under the stairs but I think there will have to be a major clear out to be sure.
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This week started with a success on my part in the kitchen. I managed to make steamed pork buns for the first time. The filling needed some improvement but the bread worked beautifully and they vanished off the plates so they will have to be something to make again. I just need to find a bigger steamer so I can cook more than 2 at a time, and remember to check the water level as this time round we nearly had smoked buns instead.
Before the rain set in for the rest of the week Josh and I again managed to set off out, this time we teetered along a cliff edge. There were some fantastic views and had I felt I could take my eyes off where I was putting my feet, and exactly how close Josh was to the edge I could have relaxed and enjoyed them.
It was much further than I had thought, but the intrepid Josh managed to walk both ways surviving on an apple and some cheese and crackers. Mind you when we got home he made up for it and was then ready for a snooze just at school pick up time, it is always the way. I’ll try to be better prepared next time.
The rest of the week has been fairly quiet but with plenty of rain and for the first time in a while thunder and hail. Winter is most definitely on its way and the heaters and hot water bottles are everyones favourite things. We are back to fights over who gets to sit in front of the heater and cats trying to climb into beds to keep warm. Must be cold!
The week has ended in style with George adding to the list of injuries with this…
a nice scrape across the kneecap. Poor George is feeling very stiff and sore and wishing he hadn’t done that!
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This was how my Mothers day started, I was kicked out of my nice warm bed and these two took my spot in the bed! I did get some special time later in the day as Pete made the yummy dinner and I got to sit down for a bit.
Other than that this week has been full of NAPLAN tests, and decidedly grumpy children doing them. One of mine told me that he had finished the test with about 20 mins to spare and then he had to just sit there with nothing to do and not being allowed to move, which for this child of ours is the equivalent of running a marathon in terms of mental strain. No wonder he is exhausted! Lets hope this glorious weather we are having is going to last into the weekend and we can get them out into it.
Talking of which Josh and I managed to escape the stresses of home cleaning and head out the door this week for a little explore, we found a great little park with one of these…
And some of these….
and a beautiful walk nearby. I have to say the walk was lovely but I haven’t seen hills like this since I left Devon about 15 years ago.
It is a great work out for the legs and the peaceful creek at the bottom with large fish swimming about in the beautiful clear water made the hike back up worth it. One to remember for another day with them all I think.
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