Lovely relaxing evening, happy sunny day, walk along the Cob (in Lyme Regis picking my mother up after her holiday down here), back to her hotel for dinner and I thought, as we ate scrumptious home made chocolate and drank mint tea, that  she would be interested in me reading to her about Madagascar and Antananarivo (the capital – also known as Tana) …

She wanted to know about flora and fauna … we got through flora well and then the first whole chapter of the Brandt guide on fauna was about spiders … instead of closing it quickly and reflecting on the lovely Lemon Posset I had just eaten,  I read it …

oh oh oh oh my word

web throwing spiders, giant golden orb spiders with webs stretching between lamp posts, jumping spiders … basically it says there are spiders pretty much everywhere.

I shall have to go around with my trousers tucked into my socks, my hair up and in a hat incase one gets into my hair, and … eeeeeeeeeekkkkkkkkkk

I can’t demonstrate my total wimpish phobia in the face of real issues like poverty, malaria, malnutrition and so on.

Tomorrow I must go to the Lyme book shop and buy a book on conquering your phobias …  I had convinced myself that the spiders would all live on the other side of the island to where I will be but oh no, blooming Hilary Bradt tells me that they are ubiquitous and that ‘spider spotting’ is one of the main reasons to go to Madagascar and they are everywhere and all you need to do to see them is ‘just look up’ and they will be hanging from the lamp-posts and rafters waving their hairy legs and laughing down at the poor petrified passers by …

I am not reading another word about wildlife before I go.

humph (and eeeeeeek)

However – the evening has ended up on a positive note … I just checked my JustGiving page http://www.justgiving.com/elliestoneley and due to the support of extremely generous friends, colleagues and a total stranger; £475 has already been raised for KTCT.

Fantastic – thank you so much …

and to those of you who haven’t yet please please consider pressing the Donate button – how ever small the donation it will make a huge difference – read what I wrote in the ‘About All This’ section of this blog and you’ll understand more about how a little helps alot… and it makes me feel better about going to the most spideriferous nation in the world!!

http://www.justgiving.com/elliestoneley