Unexpected guest appearances
At this time of year it’s not so unusual for unexpected guests to drop by. But not all of them are welcome. One of the less charming aspects of living in an old house is the number of uninvited visitors we have, especially of the six or eight-legged variety.
I was recently watching a bit of late night telly after everyone else had gone to bed. The volume was low and I’d left just one light on when I saw a bit of movement from the corner of my eye.
Sure enough, a huntsman was playing a game of red light/green light, running a short distance across the living room wall and then freezing on the spot so as not to be seen.
I know, for some, this is like a nightmare come to life but in truth it’s not an unusual occurrence in my house, especially in summer.
Small gaps between the floorboards and skirting boards, old vents and window frames that don’t seal entirely properly all offer easy entry points for spiders and insects.
Really, huntsman spiders are the least of our problems.
Our rather unusual but beautiful windows that open inward and outwards simultaneously have made flyscreens out of the question.
Apart from the occasional blowfly, it’s not a problem during the day. At night, however, all it takes is one mozzie to disrupt an otherwise peaceful sleep.
As for the huntsman spider, we both did our best to ignore each other.
I went to bed, happy enough that the spider was not in my room, and the huntsman presumably found its way outside through one of the nooks or crannies in the house. No harm, no foul.
This is our last issue for the year. Thanks to all our readers for your continued support.
We’ll be back from January 7 next year to share more stories with you.