Today’s my birthday. I should probably post something Deeply Meaningful but I find I’m not in the mood and because it’s my birthday I don’t have to do anything I don’t want to. So, ha, screw it. We’ll talk about spiders instead. (Note to arachnophobes: go no further.)
At the end of September, our garden turns into the Kingdom of the Spiders. They spin their webs any- and everywhere inconvenient: in front of doorways, between railings, across stairways. They drape them over trees, bushes, roses, the perbs.
These two are on the side deck where I keep the perbs.
This one is on the back deck right outside the sliding door.
I would have taken more photos but the battery on the camera ran out, then the phone rang, then… Ah, you know how it goes. Life happens.
I wish I could capture how beautiful these gossamer webs are, though: glistening with dew, shimmering in the morning light. As it gets colder, they’ll start glittering with frost. And one morning they’ll all be gone. Some metaphor for life, there, if I could only be bothered to draw it.
Perhaps by the end of the day I’ll be feeling Old and Wise and motivated. But, eh, probably not. There’s a lot of partying to get done…
17 thoughts on “The Kingdom of the Spiders”
Happy Birthday. Enjoy the sun (hopefully).
Party on, girlfriend, party on. You certainly deserve it!
Happy Birthday! Hope it's the best ever!
SPIDERS ARE MY FAVORITE. Happy birthday.
Those spiders look perfectly poised for photos.
Thank you. And the sun really is shining.
We are having a huge spider year here in Vancouver.
Happy birthday Nicola!
Are you getting sun up there, too?
Have a delightful day!
We have sun. The world is full of sparkles and gently drifting leaves.
happy birthday, nicola! hope it is fab.
wow! this is too wacky. today (just an hour ago) i went to the essex hot tub in berkeley (an old hippie gives out a code to the gate to his redwood filled backyard with hot tub and hammock and shower by word of mouth. those in the know get to go there and silently bask in the sun, soak, etc. i soak, i meditate, read, do yoga when i am feeling the need–the rules are no talking, no slamming the gate, and only women can have the code, but can bring men as guests). at any rate, i sat down to meditate today and was face to face with a spider web, and suddenly noticed (this is my third visit, mind you) that these lovely things are just gracing the place all over. it was one of those lovely little transporting moments, and i was blissing off it, and then i see your tweet with this link. so, long story short, spiders rule. that's about all i got. oh, and happy birthday! :)
That's the cool thing about indoor spider webs. I've had one right above my desk in the corner for something like 2 and half years. It's long since been abandoned but I just love how it looks and so leave it up.
Anon@3:43, Liz, transceptor, thank you!
Happy birthday Nicola! May it be full of joy and delight!
It was. Thank you.
Not a big fan of spiders, but love the webs so we have a truce of sorts. They make their pretty webs and stay outside and everyone lives happily ever after : )
Happy belated birthday.
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