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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

There is a GIGANTIC spider living in my yard

I've named her Rowena....Rowena Ragno(Italian for spider!!) She is HUGE, and she might be dead because she hasn't moved in the last 2 days since I "discovered" her. I'll let you know if she goes MIA once of these days, I hope to god she doesn't have babies because I don't think I could handle it!!!! I can't kill her either because she really isn't doing me any harm hanging out in the bush. I took an up close picture of her with my zoom lens.

Ok so this is the bush where Rowena lives near the back stairs, and Rowena herself crazy web hey!?

We also have a fig tree in our backyard, its a BIG fig tree and I have NO idea what to do with figs!!!! Brandy and Harry(who works with Richard) live in the same complex as us and are from Texas, and apparently Brandy knows what to do with figs so I'm inviting her over for a fig picking party!!!!!!
Seriously if anyone has any great recipes that have figs in it PLEASE let me know!!!!!!!!!

Other than the gigantic spider and the crazy figs I absolutely love it here. Its hotter than hell here but I feel like I'm on vacation in Mexico or something and when it gets too overwhelming I turn on the AC :)
The language barrier is frustrating at times but we usually manage to make it work, and I'm now carrying around my little Italian dictionary with me and once I get 3G hooked back up to the phone then itranslate will also help me out :) I managed to understand from the man at the greenhouse who spoke NO English the other day that lemon scented geraniums/citronella plants are only sold in the Spring here, and sometimes you can get them into early july but they are always all gone by August!! I was pretty proud of myself for understanding that! The bugs here are pretty bad, we're near rice paddies so the mosquitos are horrific. The wasps are better now that I put up the fake wasps nests but apparently there are horseflies....*BASTARDS* And I went screaming from one yesterday that was dive bombing me while I raked the lawn!!!!

WOW...and a freaking HAWK or Falcon or something just landed on the neighbours roof!!!!! All the birds went crazy and then this big thing swooped in!!!

I love living in the country!!! And to put our village in perspective, its about as big as Abercrave in Wales, and about as big as maybe......Balzac or Delburne in Alberta....about 10-15 streets in total, very small ones, not a lot of people, no grocery store!!! Milano 3 is bigger and is the next town down the road within walking distance.

AND, while I'm on a roll. We found out that the only thing we should be scared about here in northern Italy other than Rowena(actually I don't think she's poisonous) are Ticks and VIPERS............yeah you read that right...FREAKING VIPERS. Apparently all the pharmacies carry anti-venom and the bite is not instantly deadly(lovely) so Richard has now taken to wearing his "viper boots" when mowing the lawn!!!!! And any strange noise we hear..."must be the vipers" hahahahahahhaa


Andrea August 25, 2010 at 2:00 AM  

OMG i'm sorry but Rowena would have to go!!! otherwise I would be housebound. As for the vipers! well i'll be bringing my wellies with me haha. Beautiful countryside Rachel, I am so glad that you chose to live there rather than the city, much better place for you with Reese

Paula McW August 26, 2010 at 1:02 AM  

Ah, Rachel, I know exactly what you are going through! Although, if you think Rowena is big, take a look on the Internet for Huntsman spiders and know that there is one the size of my hand living with us (we call him our room mate!) And then look up redbacks, taipans, brown snakes, blue bottle and box jellyfish! I have had to get the anti-venom kit out at work at least once a week! And now that the summer is coming, I extract about 1 tick a shift....it just seems to be normal here.
But rest assured, other than the spiders at our house, we have not actually run into any of these things with our boys.

Rachel August 26, 2010 at 9:14 PM  

Paula- Oh my GOD! I think I might DIE!!!!!!! We're out in the country so ticks might end up being a problem. I'll email you if I need help with tick extraction!!!

Karen August 29, 2010 at 6:03 AM  

Bobby is requesting photos of the vipers ;)

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I am 34 years old, married to my wonderful husband Richard and mother to a beautiful 8 year old daughter named Reese. We lived in the suburbs of Calgary until January 2010 where I worked as an ER Nurse. Then my husband was transferred to Vancouver for a 6 month temporary project. Our blog Tripping over the Sidewalk told all about our adventure living on the 30th floor of an apartment building in the middle of downtown Vancouver. Then we moved to Milan, Italy for 18 months, Ciao-Eh was the online forum for our Italian adventures. We moved to Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates in January 2012 and lived there for two and a half years. Sandscrapers, Souks and Sand is the blog of our adventures in the Middle East! We are now happy to be back on a little acreage just outside of Calgary where I'm sure more adventures await!!!!



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