Thursday, 7 August 2008

Cricket update

After much tossing, turning and general worrying before finally drifting off to a thunderstorm filled sleep, the Sock finally came to a decision last night that the crickets would be taken to the local park today and released into the bushes thereby living happily ever after. This would mean that any further baby crickets found could be lobbed into the same park bush as their parents.

Because the Sock is all heart she got out of bed last night to go outside and ensure that the lid on the Loctite box was loose so that they wouldn't all suffocate overnight. Imagine her dismay this morning to find they've all scarpered!

13 comments:

emmat said...

HOW DID THEY GET OUT? aren't they a notifiable pest? You are responsible you know! I suspect you subconsciously left the top off the box.

I met a girl on a writing course recently who could remember as a child putting woodlice in a box, then leaving the top off and thinking "if they love me, they'll stay". This sad tale seemed ripe for the attention of a psychoanalyst if you ask me

emmat said...

Ps amazing but your cricket update doesn't contain a single word about Kevin pietersen

Arabella Sock said...

Apparently they are a protected species and not a pest. I found this article about how they stopped a development in the Isle of Man

http://www.iomtoday.co.im/Register.aspx?ReturnURL=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.iomtoday.co.im%2Fnews%2FSpeckled-bush-cricket-concerns-halt.4349914.jp

If I recatch them I could perhaps sell them on to some people living in a pretty village who don't want developers to build near them.

I only left the box open very slightly - I suppose they look larger than they are because of the very long legs but they must have eased themselves through the gap bit by bit!!

I wonder how many people googling cricket update will end up here?

VP said...

Oodles of them I should think.

Tipo for future cricket catching -

Capture them by throwing your hankie over them, then put them in a matchbox your grandad's given you. Worked every time when I was five and they didn't escape until I wanted them to!

JamesA-S said...

Crickets are well known as tricky characters capable of escaping from pretty much everything (anybody who has tried to catch and hold one will agree) . I suspect that they drugged the guards using a blowpipe and a sedative dart concealed in a secret compartment under a wing. Always do a full body search on all crickets - especially children and any wearing nun's habits.

Arabella Sock said...

Most of these crickets are wearing balaclavas so as not to be identified. I rounded up two of them from the potted bay. I don't care if they eat that as it is only for culinary use but they are heading towards the ukigomu which is the only acer I have left which they/I/the wiggly caterpillars haven't devastated.

Arabella Sock said...

More news on the cricket front...

I caught three of them (VP, I'm not sure the hankie trick works very well with paper tissues) and thought it best to rehome them quickly rather than wait for the other three to be found.

So I took them to the local park but then couldn't see a nice place to relocate them. I didn't want to put them in the pretty walled garden in case they multiplied and ate all the plants so I ended up putting them in some dreary looking shrubs on the park edge. It was all a bit horrid and pissy there as there was a big Gay Pride party in the park last weekend and due to the huge queues for the portacabins a lot of people had used the shrubbery instead. :( So now I feel quite bad about the whole thing and wish I'd found somewhere nicer for them..

I really don't know how I got into this....

VP said...

You need to use a hankie given to you by your dad...

Anonymous said...

This is all to do with drugs isn't it?
There is no other explanation

Fat Rascal said...

I have to mention, once again, that Arabella sent me some woodlice through the post! OK, they were in with some baby sempervivums and both plants and woodlice have thrived and multiplied and interbred - can't tell them apart now!

Why can't my Radio Times make it through the postal system with such ease?

Arabella Sock said...

Are you saying you want some speckled bush crickets, Fat Rascal! They'd make a great adornment for your bush.

Fat Rascal said...

I see myself as a Statue of Liberty type figure -send me your woodlice, your crickets, your Peach Flambé Heucheras.....

emmat said...

Statue of liberty gag is making laugh so much that my eyes water and anyone walking past my house is going to think i'm sobbing in tears the sound of me gasping for breath is ridiculous