It is well known that Saint Patrick banished all the snakes from Ireland. This is a relief after living in India, where we regularly saw snakes – click here for one example. Less well known is the story of Saint Drumlin, who banished all the spiders from Ireland.
Not a single spider is left on this island. All that remains is the glimpse of a ghost of a web on misty mornings.
The spiders all sailed to Scotland, seeking refuge with Robert the Bruce.
Saint Drumlin turned all the empty spider webs into strings of pearls.
The wooden gate in the photos has appeared on the blog before – with a sparrowhawk, and as part of a springtime gallery. Both of those posts had slightly more factual content.