It is an unofficial long weekend here in Melbourne so as you read this post there is a good chance I am
slacking off relaxing in some way. It has been beautiful weather here for the last few days, lets hope it continues until Wednesday when we all have to go back to normality.
Of course today (Monday) isn’t a government sanctioned day off but most people are following the great Aussie tradition of taking a day off work for the slightest reason.
Tomorrow is Tuesday, Melbourne Cup day, which really means most of Melbourne grinds to a halt with many people either attending some sort of racing celebration or going camping for the weekend. We went with option 3 which means staying home, enjoying the sunny weather and catching up on all those things in the garden that were neglected while we were away.
Over the weekend the Man even made a quick sortie up the Hill with the mower until the kids dobbed him in. I stomped up there, pointed out how close he was to some of my precious orchids and sent him back to the shed. I think he was quietly pleased that he got any of it mowed at all and I admit that I let him do the bottom (orchid-free) bit before I stopped him just so he would think he had slipped one by me 😉
The kids and I found this jumping spider on one of the Agapanthus in the back yard while we were wandering around. Agapanthus are horribly invasive and we really want to get rid of them but their tangled roots are the only thing keeping a steep part along the fenceline from washing into the neighbour’s garden. Until we can be bothered building a huge wall to keep the soil in one spot we will let them keep doing their job and just snip off the flowers each season before they get a chance to spread their myriad seeds throughout the neighbourhood.
As you might have guessed, I love taking photos of spiders but I don’t have much tolerance for them, walking on me means they get the boot. This little guy though, I can only describe him as cute. Sorry to go against the grain of my normal spider smashing attitude but look at the photo below…
I have found that normally spiders don’t seem to react to people too much unless they are running away from you, or running at you (Huntsmen *shudder*). Jumping spiders though, they will see you looking at them and bounce over for a closer look at you with their giant eyes, always looking like they are about to say something interesting.
I was able to get a heap of photos of this guy in different poses by getting Number 1 to stand in different places and attract his attention. He was very interested in what was going on, bouncing around from leaf to leaf to follow the noises just like a puppy. 🙂
Ha! your still up late as well? that ‘tomorrow is Melbourne Cup day’ threw me for a moment 🙂
🙂 I’m always up late, the Man calls me the night stalker!
Your spider is a winner! Much surer than trying to pick a winner from the Mlebourne Cup line up, although I think I’ll put $5 eah way on #11… the bookies love me, I’m such a big spender 😉
I bought a small ticket in the 100 mill powerball so that is my betting budget gone for the week 😉
It always amazes me to hear the average amount that each Victorian bets on the race. We bet nothing and so many people bet like you, only a few bucks, so that means other people are betting way more than the average to make up for it!
I really, truly hate to say it but this little guy reminds me of the house spider in Miniscule! Even I like him.
I tried to resist too but he was just so cute. The kids were aww-ing and aahh-ing over him and saying he looked just like a tiny puppy. He was very cute and those little eyes, he is a bit like Puss in Boots from the Shrek movies!
-giggles- Oh I adore puss in boots! One of Antonio Banderas’ better roles. 😀 Those eyes….!
Number 2 is really good at those eyes too. It is his secret weapon 🙂
Ut oh… you’re going to be in so much trouble when he discovers girls!
I think that they are the ones who are going to be in trouble! He is a real sweet talker too….
lol – you could be right!
That’s one cute spider! And those eyes are hypnotizing. Your post made me stop and think “has chance created this infinite number of variations, or is there something more, or, does Australia have cuter spiders than North America? On a second note: What does “dobbed” mean?
I’m glad I am not the only one who thinks he has nice eyes. When I did this post I was kind of waiting to be howled down 🙂
I am not sure about us Aussies having cute spiders as a rule, usually they are terrifying! I guess that cuteness is in the eye of the beholder, if this little bloke was crawling unexpectedly up your arm you probably wouldn’t be thinking “How cute!” you would probably just splat him 😉
Dobbed means ‘told tales on’, not usually encouraged! The dobbing they did went along the lines of “Muuuum! Dads mowing the hill and killing your flowers!” and then cackling evilly thinking they had got him into trouble 🙂