Tuesday, September 10, 2013

giant centipedes


There was great excitement in the garden this weekend. Work was underway to relocate a pile of uncomposted 'biodegradable' nappies. Dwelling underneath the pile we found these beauties. Giant centipedes. 


Aren't they incredible? We live in a beautifully wild place near the coast and on the edge of a huge National Park and spotting wildlife is a big part of daily life. We hadn't seen giant centipedes before though.


They weren't happy at being found. Look at that blur of legs! 

And about those nappies. We mainly used cloth nappies, or none, and Jed was out of them pretty quick, but on occasion we'd use what we had researched as the most natural and friendly to the environment disposable nappy. I have written to the company and won't out them until I hear from them. But lets just say it is highly disappointing when we chose those nappies not wanting to contribute to more landfill, having been told they were compostable and the freaking things are still sitting there entirely whole after six years! Grrr.

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  1. What a pain-were they sold as domestically compostable? They will tell you they are 'professionally compostsble' but only if you specifically ask which i dont think is right. Professional composters, such as enviro comp can compost any kind of nappy though so it very misleading advertising in both ways x

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    1. The company line back then was that they were compostable at home, as long as it was an aerobic compost process. They still stand by that from what i can see online. I am still waiting to hear back from the company. It is so disappointing but then we looked at it as an experiment.

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  2. Oh what a shame about those nappies, but what excitement over those amazing creatures! I've never seen any before, lucky you.

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    1. I know. We are starting a nature journal - it can be pretty exciting around here!

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  3. I await the response about the nappies.... gross!

    We have been watching David Attenborough's Life in the Undergrowth lately, lots of cool insecty stories, and great photography. Including centipedes.

    We also love the Private life of Plants, very complementary for gardening with kids !

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