Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Solomon spider

For about a year or so, there has been another resident in our house: a large spider called Solomon. He was not visible very often but could occasionally be spotted on the stairs or on the wall above the front door. The other day he appeared in a bath tub from whence he was unable to escape. He was carefully rescued and he scuttled off, disappearing down a crevice between floorboards.

Anyway, dear readers, I was rather shocked on Saturday when I was letting in a guest who noticed Solomon scurrying along by the wall in the hall. "Aargh, a spider!" she cried and she killed him with the heel of her shoe. Do you think she should have consulted her hostess before committing such an act?


Blogger Mopsa said...

Ooh - hard one that. I have friends who are absolutely terrified of spiders - beyond reason, but all too real. I'd rather they didn't cross my pillow, but in this ancient abode I have to live with hundreds of them and get over it. And they do keep help the flies down. Did you tell your guest what she'd done? That he had a name, no less?

9:59 am  
Blogger kinglear said...

Not only should she have consulted, she should have known that it brings bad luck. I have no truck with people who don't like spiders. We have one in our guest bathroom who we carefully decant elsewhere when we have guests. But why Solomon? Does he have wisdom? Or is it a she? How would we know?

10:22 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, WW - how awful! I love spiders, and this one's an especially impressive beast (probably a 'she', though).
Of course your guest should have consulted you first.
Still, you now have carte blanche to spit-roast her budgie or whatever-it-is animal de compagnie is unfortunate enough to reside with such a heartless creature.

2:32 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry but, for me Spider = Squash! If they're not too vast, I'll brave myself to put a glass over them, envelope underneath and outside they go - at least a mile away so they can't navigate home! Uuuugh! Liz

7:41 am  
Blogger Winchester whisperer said...

Hi Mopsa - no I did not tell her as I didn't want to embarrass her.

Greetings KL - yes, he looked a wise old thing.

Hello MB - she's a future relation so I'm not sure that budgie roasting would be appropriate in the longer-term.

Good morning Liz - I remember your spider story!

8:04 am  
Blogger kinglear said...

Future relation? Do I hear wedding bells? Will we be invitedfor a party?

8:51 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you friend was trying to do a Barack Obama impression. "He killed a fly; I killed a spider!"

12:05 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wondered if you would! It was the encounter to end all encounters after all!!! I give you full permission to pass it on to whoever you think is in need of a good chortle! L

3:10 pm  
Blogger Winchester whisperer said...

There's always a party, KL!

Good thought, Janet!

Thank you, Liz!

9:57 pm  
Blogger Welshcakes Limoncello said...

I can't look at it! I don't think your guest was scared of it, because she would have run, not hit. I can't answer your question as I have to scroll away from the pic!

11:46 pm  

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