Last evening it was the time to make the final choice of the twelve photographs for next years 'Country File' calendar. For any readers outside the UK - Country File is a Sunday evening programme about farming and the countryside and every year they run a competition on a given theme and then the photographs are judged and the final twelve chosen. The calendar is sold for the Children in Need appeal - it always raises at least three million pounds. It showed us all twelve photographs last evening and now the public are asked to vote for the winner who gets a thousand pounds worth of equipment. The judges talked about the photographs and discussed one or two they hadn't chosen - one of which was a fantastic one of a spider. The judges said never choose a spider as so many people hate them and would never buy a calendar if they had to look at a picture of a spider for a whole month.
Interesting I said to myself. Two hours later, on my way to bed, I called in the bathroom for my last go to the toilet. Put my fingers inside the cardboard inner roll of the toilet roll and what should shoot out and dash up my arm at breakneck speed but a very large spider which had been having a rest inside the loo roll!
Do spiders have ears? Can they hear loud human screams? If so then that could have been the reason it dropped off my arm like a stone and shot across the bathroom floor and under the bath mat.
I got into bed and tried to put the whole incident out of my mind. Difficult and this morning I peered down the inside of the roll before picking it up. Once bitten twice shy so to speak.
Glorious day here - pure blue sky, really hot sun, the last days of Summer. Are they called the Dog Days - I think so? ***
***Seems not - it seems to refer to the hot days of summer.