According to experts, there are more spiders about this year. I did have a sneaking suspicion. I’ve been shooing them out of the house in increasing numbers since the summer. At one point, I even considered trying to tag them or mark them in some way as I felt sure that some of them were sneaking straight back in again but now I know it was their cousins and brothers and sisters!
(I’m OK handling the spindly ones, it’s the chunky, hairy ones that have me reaching for a container.)