...why I didn't get much gardening done last summer. It was nothing to do with the 40c heat, or the humidity. It was fear. Fear of the CREEPY CRAWLIES that reside here. Winter has definitely passed now and I've spent a fair bit of time over the last couple of months weeding and tidying, we've even dug a vegetable patch. But my memory chose to block out any recollections of nasty bugs (which, by the way, are huge and ferocious-looking), and they've all been hiding and waiting for the warm sun to come out. HA! I will sleep easy no more. Yesterday I saw a small (maybe 7cm) mukade (poisonous centipede - google mukade and feel your toes curl as you read). Well, I didn't see any of them in our garden last year, but they are definitely there this year. And although it was small, I've been warned that the small ones have a worse bite than the massive (30cm) ones. Dreading the appearance of the spiders - there were some true monsters last year and I'm pretty sure it would take more than a cold winter to kill them off... Allow me to introduce you to today's specimen:
I have no idea what it is - if anyone out there knows, please do share! -
Need to get thicker gloves. And some thigh-length wellies. Maybe I could get a bee-keeper's outfit! H's suggestion of chain mail gardening wear is not such a bad idea.
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