Story By James Greaves (Backpacker)
With the threat of the Zombie Flu (COVID-19) spreading through Australia (and the rest of the World), countries, states, territories and regions are closing their borders or requiring isolation / quarantine upon entry.
With this in mind, Out&About with Dayv’s wed-developer partner in Victoria (Kathie) reached out to a backpacker and offered him some safe harbour in his time of need.
Now, holed up in a campervan on Kathie’s property, James (a 22 yo Brit’) is now happy to use some of his spare time with us on www.campandtravel.com.au to share with us some of his experiences and learnings gained while travelling and working here.
James now finds himself jobless, a very long away from home and sitting the virus out in a “strange land”.
Let’s see how he copes living through the Coronavirus lockdown with his new Australian family and ‘inside the tent’ with his new family at “Camp and Travel”. Please make him welcome…
In my defence, I am not used to spiders being up close and personal. Yes, we have spiders in the UK, but they normally keep their distance.
I groped my way through the caravan, after an afternoon kip, still a little blurry eyed and there blocking my way to the door way was a spider. Did I yell? I will never admit it. Was I scared? Hey – of course not, well maybe a little, Ok yes I screamed like a girl!
This spider seemed unfazed by the commotion in the caravan.
I was unsure if this spider was a friendly visitor, who happened to seek shelter in my cosy van or a vicious invader. In the UK we hear a lot about Australian Spiders and I know they are not to be trusted.
I decided not to take any chances – this guest was not welcome.
So what is the accepted protocol on these houseguests? Kathie (my host), says put them outside. Her husband says grab the Mortein.
My education on spiders, I am sure will continue to grow. I don’t know their names yet, but I do know they love to lurk in the wood pile, in the veggie patch, in dark places and in my caravan. I found his mate today.
Magpies or spiders? Hmmm the jury is out. Magpies eat spiders…..braver than me.