Thursday, September 4, 2008

Five Hundred And Fourteen - her magnum opus

"I don't know what a magnum opus is," said Wilbur.

"That's Latin," explained Charlotte. "It means 'great work.' This egg sac is my great work-the finest thing I have ever made."

"What's inside it?" asked Wilbur. "Eggs?"

"Five hundred and fourteen of them," she replied.

Except from Charlotte's Web by E.B. White.

This is outside our door, just off the porch.

I've been watching this spider for days. In fact, she was there for the party, but I doubt anyone who came to the house noticed her. I saw the egg sac this evening and immediately thought of Templeton the rat having to climb up into the rafters to bring the real Charlotte's egg sac to Wilbur so he could take it back to the farm at the end of the county fair. Wasn't that just the greatest story? Don't forget to visit What Book Got You Hooked?

Upon magnified inspection, it looks like a million guy wires holding everything secure, but by my naked eye I'm concerned that the spot this Charlotte has chosen will not winter well. What do you think? Should I play Templeton and move it to a safer location?

Maybe I'll just watch and if things start looking too tattered make my decision then. Remember the ice droplet from last winter?


~Tonia~ said...

I love that book/movie. The fair was the best part. ;) Is the shepherd's crook removable? I would say move the entire thing as not to disturb the little guys.

thecrazysheeplady said...

See, that's why I put that question out there. I couldn't see past taking it off the crook. Yes, I think the crook could be moved - either inside the greehouse or even just to a more sheltered spot. Great idea - thanks!


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