I’ve Slept With A Hunstman

Now, don’t get the wrong idea, I have no intention of telling you about any of my amorous adventures!
When I was young our family (5 children, 2 adults) went off on Caravanning holidays often. We didn’t have a fancy caravan, it was a heavy old “Furness”, I think they were made out of plywood. On one trip Dad pulled off the road and into a scrubby area for the night and we kids all went into the scrub looking for some fun. We were just running about investigating things when one of us peeled down some bark on a tree, under the bark were dozens of big spiders. I think we all yelled and ran, I know I did.

Back at the caravan we had some dinner and would have been early to bed since the only lighting was from a kerosene lantern. There were no Ipods or MP3 players, not even a transistor radio. Even in homes there was no TV in South Australia.

After breakfast in the morning I took off my pyjama top and there lying, legs tucked in, comfy and warm on my chest was a great big Huntsman. I have no idea what happened then, people talk about “blind panic” maybe that’s why I can’t visualise the following minutes.
These days I’m older, taller, rounder and probably a bit braver but Hunstmen still give me the heebie jeebies especially when they move. It doesn’t matter how many times people tell me they’re harmless, they eat flies and other annoying bugs just give me a good old Redback Spider anyday………… NOT on my skin though!

You didn’t know that about Nana did you?

These are not lifesized but I think the comparative sizes are about right. You can find more info here: http://australianmuseum.net.au/Huntsman-Spiders

Redback Spider

The Redback might be poisonous but at least it’s not as CREEPY!!!!


Oh No! It’s Time to Vote Again.

Across the world there are so many people clamouring, even being killed in their pursuit of democracy, how on earth can I make such a statement? I guess because I’m lucky enough to live in a country where I’m free to actually do it. I don’t have to worry about being arrested or being “disappeared”, I don’t have to worry that whoever gets into power will impose on me sanctions that will make my life difficult or even miserable. But why make the statement?

Our system of government has 3 tiers, local, State and Federal, the upcoming election is for the State Parliament. Most candidates belong to a political party and follow the “party line” when it comes to decision making. We have lived in this area for almost 30 years and the same party has “represented us” all that time, first it was the father then his son became the “anointed one”. I have never voted for either of them and I won’t this time. They don’t represent my views at all.

I wish there were no political parties and every voter just voted for the person whose judgement they trusted the most and those people supported legislation in accordance with their conscience. No “grandstanding”, no ego boosting and no decisions made for personal gain, psychological or financial.