Slug friends

September 25, 2008

I don’t know where my whole romance with slugs came from except my guilt over occasionally and accidentally stepping on a stray one in the dark. SQUELCH! Argh! [Must stop anthropomorphising.] Or maybe it’s because snails get so much adorable exposure in children’s books and even while gardeners have all sorts of methods to eliminate them from the veggie patch they are still thought to be cute with their houses on their backs.

But what about slugs? They are vulnerable, people! No shell to escape into, see? All they can do is curl up. Well, that just makes them easier for birds to swallow! So between one thing and another – not least my subtle admiration for the giant leopard slugs – ooo! I am always delighted when someone orders a veritable puddle – [yes, that is I believe, the official term for a group of slugs (isn’t it awful? makes one think they’ve been salted – argh again!) I prefer “slither of slugs” which I just made up] – in fact, so delighted I tend to make an interloper gift slug for that person.

Just yesterday a lovely lady in the Southern Hemisphere ordered a slither of slugs so this is the surprise that she will find in her package. Isn’t she sweet? She turned out to be one of the loveliest ever. Now back to my Goulish Ghost Slugs for Halloween. Am making a veritiable giant slither of them to go in the goody bag giveaway Made in The Shade is offering to the first thirty people in the door on Saturday 25 October, which is, of course, just a few days before Halloween.