September 21st, 2010


Seeking a book ...

Melbournites ! I seek your advice, to help me find a book. This book will contain 20-30ish blank pages, ideally on some kind of nice/crafty paper, and have attractive hard covers of some sort. It shouldn't be too large (somewhere in the A5 to A4 range), and I should be able to buy it from somewhere within a lunch-time walking range of the Melbourne CBD (starting at the East end of Collins St). Any ideas ?
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Spiders !

Errr, this post will be about spiders (no photos, though), so arachnophobes may want to just skip along now ...

When we moved into this house, there was a good population of Pholcidae (aka "Daddy long-legs") around - usually one per room or area, but under the house (my workshop area) there were at least a dozen. This was good, because they're pretty benign as spiders go (from a human point of view), but they keep the insect population down, and also prey on some other types of spiders, including redbacks and huntsman, which is definitely a good thing.

However, sometime relatively recently, they seem to have all vanished - even the ones under the house. We haven't done anything to actively get rid of them, except occasionally idly brushing away the obvious cobwebs here and there (but always leaving some behind). We don't use fly-spray or surface spray inside the house, in general.
So, where did they go ? How do we lure them back ?
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