The other day I felt like an explorer in the wilderness, as I removed the massive pile of newspapers that got left out in the rain. Honestly, it was an insect and spider's paradise in there. A damp, kind-of-sheltered, hideaway.
Here's what happened:
Lifted the first few layers and found some fish moths and small spiders. That was ok.
Lifted the next few layers. Found some magazines I had been searching for, a get-rich-quick scheme from the post, some more fish moths and slightly bigger spiders.
Lifted the following few layers. Found about 100 fish moths and, inevitibly, some spiders. The mould smelt like an art project I worked on once... Don't ask.
As I lifted the next layer, I saw a black blur as something ran for cover. Freaked out. Found it was a bigger spider than the rest. Called my dad, he just smiled and went on with his gardening. Called my mum, she laughed and indicated that the spider must have been enjoying his stay in the papers. Freaked out. Tried to catch him but he ran under a pot plant at lightning speed. Completely freaked out! I have dubbed that his new home.
But wait, there's more.
As I got near the end of the paper sorting, I breathed a sigh of relief. There couldn't possibly be any more wildlife. I expected a fish moth and maybe a spider or two and confidently lifted the next layer of papers.
All was fine until I noticed a biege spotted object that looked something like a rock, thought, that's weird, saw a breathing movement. Freaked out, running in circles this time. Then calmed down. It was a baby frog! This time it was definitely my dad's turn to take it into the garden. Luckily, after mutters of 'you can do it', he picked it up and (after a few frantic escape attempts- the frog, not my dad), I realised that there was a frog in each of my dad's hands.
Two baby frogs.
Phew, so luckily, that WAS the end of the wildlife.
All I needed was my safari hat and army boots and would've been all set! The inventory was: about 1000000 fish moths, a couple of small spiders, a big spider and two frogs- all an eco-system living outside our back door.
All while the mosquitoes happily made a meal of my legs
So now, I sign off, Heart- newly dubbed explorer of the wilderness!