Sunday, 11 September 2011

Sunday safari

Sunshine, always follows rain.............

Today services will be held right across the UK to mark the tenth anniversary of 9/11.
This date is written on my heart.   It is a day I shall never forget.
I shall personally have a quiet moment in the day, a time for reflection, a time to think of those that lost their loved ones.      I shall light a candle...........I shall pray for peace.

Sunday, 4 September 2011

Sunday safari....spiders and their webs.

When I was a child I always  knew when there was a spider in the house.   Mothers screams could be heard for miles :)   Father would always stop what he was doing and go to her aid.   I would follow, watching him scoop the spider up and take it into the garden. 
I learned to like spiders.    Despite the fact mother did not like them, she loved showing me their webs in the garden.   She would  write poetry about their artwork,  often with a romantic theme.
 Yesterday morning when the garden was shrouded in mist, and the sun was trying its best to come out from behind the clouds, I walked the garden looking for webs.    I was not disappointed.
The garden was full of these wonderful creations.
Spiders are near the top of the invertebrate food chain.   They are a valuable asset to any garden.
 There are many species of birds who are partial to spiders and a healthy population will prove a bonus to Dunnocks, Robins, Thrushes and Wrens.    All these species are regular visitors to this garden.
So next time you see a spider please spare it.   Just a glass over the top, a thin piece of card slipped underneath and you can transport the spider to the garden :)

I leave you with the phrase that my father would say to me each time we removed a spider from the house:

"If you wish to live and thrive,
Let a spider run alive."

Poppi and Riley know this rhyme, and both put house spiders in the garden for Mummy........

Happy Sunday safari