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!!!!


Author: macmsue

I’m a sister, wife, mother, grandmother, auntie and friend. I prefer to be outside and am interested in photography, nature and different cultures. I believe everything on this earth has a right to be here but some things and some people would be happiest if their space was far away from mine. (Flies and biting bugs take note!) I don’t like housework and think dust is Nature’s way of saying, “This is my space, I was here first.”

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