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Friday 13th again, is it me or do we have a lot of Friday 13th's? It has been a crazy week, I clearly have too many bugs as it actually took me until Tuesday to get everything fed after the holiday. I am now nicely set up for the weekend but come Monday it will all start again! I really could have done without another power failure yesterday morning.
I’m back! From a very relaxing, wonderful holiday in Cyprus. We returned on Wednesday night and I haven’t stopped running since, there is just so much to catch up on. It was lovely to go for ten days rather than the usual week but it’s surprising how much difference those extra couple of days make. I got quite into Facebook while I was there and posted lots of pictures, the post about the Wolf spider was by far my most successful post ever. I will put one of the photos of this super impressive spider on the blog this week.
Lucky me! Spa last week and Cyprus this week. However, in between is extremely hard work getting everything ready to leave for 10 days (we usually go away for only a week). I posted off my last orders yesterday and because we don’t return until the Wednesday night I won’t be able to post any orders again until Monday 9th May. I have cleaned out lots of cages this week and fed everything up but I will be going through it all again tomorrow before we set off Sunday morning.
I’m off on a two-day spa break with my daughter so no time to write the blog today. I still have to walk Teddi (in the rain) but then we are on our way. It was a Christmas present from my son and daughter in-law (it has taken us until now to organise it!). The bugs are doing well, no problems, it’s a busy time of year. Can’t wait for a bit of rest and relaxation.
A cold and wet start to Spring here. I can’t wait for our trip to Cyprus in a couple of weeks, I’m really busy preparing everything. We are going for 10 days rather than the usual 6-7 days. Although my daughter and friend will be here looking after things I don’t let anyone else touch the spiders and scorpions so they will all need to be set up to look after themselves before I go. Hence my major tarantula sale! Things are going well but I still have many more than I would like, if you see a spider that you want but it is too expensive please do ask if I can reduce it. I certainly will if I can. I am doing my best to improve the information on my website and I do feel that it is getting better and better. My poor web guy Simon has a lot to put up with, I seem to be constantly on the phone to him. I have a list of about five questions to put to him today. He always answers the phone with “Hi Virginia” in a cheery voice, I’d hate to know what he really thinks, probably “oh no, it’s her again”.
Spring at last! The bramble is beginning to grow again (very important if you keep stick insects), the birds are visiting my camera nesting box (on a tree in front of my window, linked to a screen in my office) and the pond in the garden is full of frogspawn. All wonderful but I’m still waiting for the good weather, I think Easter was a wash out for most of us and there was a frost here this morning.
Out most of yesterday so lots to catch up on today. It’s been another busy week, lots of creatures going out, thankfully making room for more animals to fill their empty cages. Spring officially starts tomorrow and everything seems to be in an amorous state. My two male Corn snakes are constantly thrashing around their vivarium but I’m not letting them near my females. It was lovely to have beautiful baby snakes but I had a nightmare trying to find homes, nobody wanted them, I’m definitely sticking with the bugs!
Animals everywhere! I received lots of new bugs and spiders from various places this week, they are now listed on the website but I haven’t got all the photos sorted yet. Hopefully I will get it done today. I am staying in and have a huge list of things to be done. Only problem is that I’m not sure the day will be long enough!
What a busy week, I don’t seem to have stopped and when I look around my office and bug room I don’t seem to have got very far! My office desk is covered in paperwork and the bug room looks like a tornado has hit. I am staying indoors today to clear things up before the weekend (I was going to say everything but it won’t be everything).
Website changes to the tarantula section are almost complete. I just need to get to grips with it now. I did try yesterday but there were a few problems that needed ironing out and I got very confused. My super website guy is just so patient and calm with me (I don’t know how he does it). I am such a visual person, if I can’t see it, I can’t understand it but I will concentrate today and hopefully learn the basics of what I need to do to work the new system. It is really necessary as since the update to the tarantula section some time ago I have been unable to discount individual spiders and had to resort to setting up a separate “tarantulas special offer page”. The new system will be great once I get my head around it and can work it! I have way too many tarantulas and need to sort them out properly and sell off some stock. It is crazy the amount of time I spend feeding them each week and the amount I spend on crickets.