I fear I may be guilty of a rather cruel and unusual version of araneae-cide – well that is not exactly true, what I fear is that I cannot find the evidence and that is shudderingly perplexing.
You see folks, this morning I switched on the kettle to make the first coffee of the day, let that do its thang while I loaded and button pressed the washing machine into action. Made my coffee and headed to my desk to work out how to fill the next hour or so. Coffee drunk, papers read, forum moderated I adjourned my tasks, headed for a pee and decided to see to some kitchen chores and make lunch.
Kettle was refilled as the washing up bowl was set to work. Dishes were being washed and as I glanced at the kettle reaching its bubbling crescendo I noticed a hair, a long strand of hair blowing in the thermals. Upon closer inspection it was not a hair but a blackened cobweb linking the spout to the underside of my kitchen cabinet. This could only have happened within a few moments of the kettle being filled, presumably the manufacturer of said strands had bungeed down from that miniscule gap in the tiling grout.
Does that mean Boris/Clarissa is in the kettle?
But it has just boiled??
On my … … … …
I emptied the water into the washing up bowl …. I took the lid off the kettle and peered within …. I rinsed out the kettle and emptied the swilling contents …. no carcass, no evidence, no spider remains.
I decided on a glass of coke instead.