Friday, 26 August 2011

What were you doing this morning?

In the "what we you doing" series, I bet your heart didn't beat as fast as mine did a couple of mornings ago at 6.15am. Let me tell you the story...

Mr Petit Filoux got out of bed first and without his glasses on, couldn't quite see what that dark patch was on the wall. There definitely wasn't a hole from the previous owner hanging a picture there at that height...

Close you eyes, he tells me, I have to turn the light on. (Yes I was lounging in bed.)

Oh. My. Goodness, he says.

I jump out of bed and subsequently jump out of my skin too. There is the biggest spider I have ever seen in my entire life in this country right there, on my bedroom wall, chilling out above the radiator not far from the open window.

Mr Petit Filoux offers to squash it. I say no, it'll only make a mess on the wall. Call me an animal lover. So off I trot down the stairs and grab our biggest pint glass from the kitchen. And as if by magic, my nerves calm down, I trap the spider in the glass and slide a piece of paper so I can carry it outside right at the far end of the garden.

But before that, I insisted Mr Petit Filoux take a photo. For the record. The biggest spider ever in my living memory. Fat body and fat legs. Look, that's a pint glass. And there's a human hand for scale too.


You'll have guessed right, we've slept with the window firmly shut ever since.

5 comments:

PinkCatJo said...

Yikes, that is a VERY BIG spider! I would usually be a bit spooked by them, although as I've just finished re-reading Charlotte's Web (for school!) I'd probably want to sit down and have a chat with it. ;0) x

The Curious Cat said...

I'm glad you didn't squash it! I like spiders! He is a biggun! xxx

Made in Suisse said...

ah ah! You should have seen the spider we found in our rented accomodation in the Alps! It makes this one look cuddly in comparison. I'll email you a pic!x

Lucy said...

Ohh shudder, he IS big! I had a horrible experience a couple of weeks ago, eating a bowl of cornflakes and discovering a dead spider in it - must have got into the box in the cupboard somehow and not been able to get out, gives me goosebumps even thinking about it now!

Heather said...

OMG we had one JUST LIKE THAT in our bathroom the other day! OH horrible. I had to trap it in a tin because I couldn't get all of it's legs in the pint glass. I threw it out the window and am terrified it will come back up.