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21 June 2007 @ 02:31 pm
 
I rescued three earthworms today. They’d washed up at the patio tile-tarmac border, so I scooped them up and deposited them in the rock garden. It sounds a lot easier than it was – they totally did not want to wriggle into my hands, and I didn’t want to squash them, so it was a Catch-22 all round until I found a stick. Even then I was leery of puncturing them.

I’ve had a thing for earthworms ever since I decided they were my personal good luck charm. The route to my school was a long, windy tarmac path and what with the essentially consistent rain we get here, I was almost guaranteed to find at least one stranded earthworm a day (usually dead and squashed by people who were keener to get to school than I). The luck increases exponentially with the number of earthworms found. Theoretically, anyway.
 
 
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Trinity Daytrinityday on June 21st, 2007 04:16 pm (UTC)
I don't think I've ever tried to rescue earthworms, but I know spiders are the same way when you try to herd them outside -- always scuttling away from the piece of paper you're trying to pick them up on.
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on June 21st, 2007 09:24 pm (UTC)
I'm scared of spiders, so I tend to just throw things at them in hopes they'll run away. Or however it is spiders move. Earthworms, though, are so helpless ... and I like to think they appreciated the loam I dumped them on although of course, they didn't.
Sereniaserenia on June 21st, 2007 11:40 pm (UTC)
I like worms, although I've never encountered the huge ones I've seen on tv, the ones that grow a metre long!
I haven't seen any since moving to Queensland. Damn drought.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Blue haired boy w/ phonescoradh on June 21st, 2007 11:44 pm (UTC)
Gross ... we had a lecture on parasitic worms, with the doctor cheerfully telling us how kids find four-foot ascaris lumbricoides in their stools and how he once pulled one out of a kid's ear. *shudders*

Oh, is there a drought on there again? (Birthplace, yosh.)
Sereniaserenia on June 21st, 2007 11:49 pm (UTC)
Eww! I don't like that kind of worm! Although I know a manager at the JB store I trained at, who'd announce it was lunchtime by saying "It's time to go feed the tapeworm!".

Were you born in Aus? Yeah, there's been a drought for the last 5 years or so. The dams are really low (all at 30% or lower), and the water restrictions have us limited to 4 minute showers now!
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Niou: Oh Yagyuuscoradh on June 27th, 2007 08:27 pm (UTC)
That would put me off my food. D:

Sheesh, do you have timers or something? That sucks! I lived in the Atherton Tablelands where there tends to be no shortage of rain. In fact I wish I could waft some rain from Ireland over to you ... this is our summer, and you'd think we were living in a monsoon.