I thought I'd better start with a warning because I know that not everyone can bear to see them , even on screen .
But , if you're still with us , then I'll begin :
Though it is beautifully sunny and warm today , it's still definitely September and , here at least , that usually means spider time . This year we seem to be rubbing elbows with thousands more than usual .....even the pre-schoolers have noticed and watch the spider that has a web outside the playschool window with deep interest . She is , apparently , called Lotte and seems , thanks to the wind , to wave back to them all , their noses pressed to the glass .
Naturally "The Very Busy Spider " by Eric Carle has to be read .... and felt ( the growing web on each page is raised slightly ) .
Spiders must be glued to crayonned webs and inspected by an appalling glittery one with tiny ruby glass eyes .
And , when I come home for lunch , I have to negotiate with the fat one who lives in the tomato plants for a tomato or two to eat with my cheese .