And I looked down to see the worlds' most optimistic spider had spun a web at just above ankle height, and was waiting in it to catch me.
"Wait a minute," thinks I. "That's a very familiar shape..." and sure enough, when I leaned closer, I could see her big red markings.
I found a glass jar and caught her, accidentally knocking one of her legs off in the process, which annoyed me no end as I actually really like redbacks and most times would rather let them go than kill them.
So I guess now I can add 'spider torturer' to my List of Accomplishments.
Anyway, it occurred to me well after that I should have taken a PHOTO of her clever trap! I thought briefly about a re-enactment but I just really couldn't think how to spin a web (which, yep, accidentally destroyed during the capturing process) so here's one I took just before letting her go.
Isn't she beautiful? apart from her missing leg, that is....