What time is it?
What time is it? The holiday in Costa Rica was brilliant, we saw lots of amazing animals and took a zillion photographs. We got back on Tuesday but I’m still feeling shattered from the 11 hour flight and 6 hour time difference. Georgie did well, looking after all the animals, big and small but I know she found it really tough (2 weeks is a long time). I started sorting out all the bugs as soon as we got home but I think it’s going to be a week or so until I get straight. I had intended to write a nice long blog about my trip but to be honest I just don’t have the time. I managed to send off yesterday, all the UK orders that came in while I was away and I have the ‘rest of Europe’ orders sorted, ready to go on Monday.
Everything looks good in the bug room, my beautiful Spearmint Asian praying mantids have matured while I was away and they are absolutely stunning! I was a bit worried that my Florida Wolf spider had escaped but Georgie assured me that she had simply dug down and just this morning I saw her running around with an egg sac J. I fed all my scorpions yesterday and they are fine, I’m sure that some are gravid. I saw a beautiful scorpion in Costa Rica that certainly looked gravid but I think they only have dangerous scorpions out there, all the ones I saw were Buthidae and require a DWA (dangerous wild animal) license to keep them here. I met a guy who was definitely more bonkers than me, he kept getting told off for turning over rocks, looking for spiders, scorpions and snakes. He was hilarious, he was on holiday with his young daughter and the pair of them are mad about little animals and have many pets at home. The poor guide taking us on an organised trip was tearing his hair out. When I have more time (hopefully next week) I will tell you the story of our trip into the jungle with machetes, no health and safety but super fun. Sadly, it poured, no self- respecting snake would come out in that weather but we saw plenty of bugs and it was an adventure that I will never forget!
I did put some photos on my Facebook pages, it would be so much easier if I only had one instead of 3, my personal one, Virginia one and Ginny’s Jungle. I am, as I said before I went away, going to concentrate on getting my parties off the ground and encouraging people to call on me. I would far rather interact with people in person than keep running the postal business the way it is. It really is too much for one person but doesn’t make the money to employ anyone. Change is afoot but I’ve always been afraid of change and I’m not sure if I can make a success of it. Time will tell, I won’t be completely restocking now until after Christmas, although I would hope to get some new spiders in soon.
Anyway, I have several shelves of tarantulas that need feeding this morning, then I have to clear up a bit as a guy is coming to collect his order after lunch and would like to look around. I hope to sort out a ‘spider evening’ within the next week and perhaps a Saturday open afternoon as well?
The October review competition winner was Angelo, it was a good month to enter as numbers were down due to me being away for a fortnight. Actually, it’s quite fitting because Angelo has visited my bug room!
This week’s photo? choices, choices – so many photos from Costa Rica but I think this cute giant toad that I found in the hotel reception after a thunder storm has clinched it for this week. I probably have enough photos of Costa Rican bugs and beasties to put on my blog for several years J