As the weather turns hot and damp, Lamma’s creatures are emerging from their lairs. This enormous centipede found a comfortable spot on Amanda’s veranda. Hopefully her cats Matilda and Norm will encourage it to find a new home. We’ve also got a 5-foot long rat snake slithering around the garden. Lamma has its share of venomous snakes (such as cobras and bamboo vipers), but luckily we haven’t encountered any of these. Amanda’s got some big hairy spiders living in her flat downstairs, but we remain arachnid-free. Good thing, since Trinh is seriously phobic. Fortunately, Zoe’s not bothered by any of these varmints – but I had to chase away a house gecko from the bathroom that was frightening her. The gecko moved to live in our spice rack.