Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Outdoor Wednesday

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This past weekend we visited a local outdoor farm market. It was freezing and major winds so, I didn't take a lot of pictures (my hands were freezing). Fortunately, next week they get to move inside.




I had never seen these before. They are called "Spider Chasers". There was a couple of women there buying them and they swear by them for keeping spiders out of their houses. has anyone else ever used these odd things?




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16 comments:

  1. Thanks for visiting my blog - I may even do a whole article about the thrift store deals. (I'm ready to open my own thrift store, but cheaper!)

    I have seen these spider balls at my local grocery store for the last 6 years, but never knew anyone that actually uses them! I always think they may work great in a cloche or vase as decor (and practical too), but fear the warning that our grocer puts up. They state that they are poisonous and can't be around cats! I've been afraid of what would happen to small children!

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  2. Diann, those look like Osage Oranges. That is what they appear to be. Osage Oranges grow on trees that have big thorns (we had them in a pasture when we were young), and they have a funny, bumpy kind of texture and are a pale green. That's my best guess. I have never in my life heard them called spider balls, but I saw a post on them the other day that listed a lot of things they could be used for. Can't remember where the post was, but I loved the fact that they were osages because they were familiar to me from childhood.

    Happy Outdoor Wed...

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  3. I never heard of spider balls either. They are unusual looking, that's for sure.
    Happy Outdoor Wednesday!

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  4. They look like osage oranges. I also have heard they keep spiders out of the house.
    Glenda

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  5. Hi Diann. Thanks for visiting my blog. It is so nice to "meet" new people and to find their blogs! This was such an interesting post...I have never heard of those spider balls but could sure use some as we get some nasty spiders Down-under!
    Best wishes, NM.

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  6. I have never seen a spider chaser before.. thanks for sharing, my husband will like that because he don't like spiders lol..

    We explored the Mountain park

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  7. Those look like osage oranges to me, but I have never heard of using them to keep spiders out--whatever work! Glad your market moves inside--ours just closes :(. Thanks for stopping by--come again! Giveaway on Thursday!

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  8. Great post, Diann.

    Those green things are what we call hedge apples or Osage Orange. I had a post a few weeks ago, that included "hedge". The hedge "tree" is very hard. They are used, sometimes, for fence posts, in rural areas of Missouri and other midwest states. J tells me cows like to eat them. They are very very sticky! I used to slice them thin, with a hack saw and bake them in a slow oven. After they were sufficiently baked, I sprayed them with a clear sealer and ran a wire through the center to secure them in dried flower arrangements. They sort of have the look of a citrus fruit, when sliced.

    Osage Orange/Hedge Apples are great for keeping spiders out of you house.

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  9. Got any fresh, home grown tomatoes? Or is it too late in the season.

    I bet it WAS cold!!

    My post for Wednesday is now published. Click Here to join me. I'd love for you to stop by today.

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  10. I've never heard of their use in chasing spiders!

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  11. love the farmers market never heard of spider chasers though

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  12. While I've never heard of them and can be no help to you, I must say I love your photo of them and the other produce available at your general store. I hope you are having a wonderful Outdoor Wednesday.

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  13. LOL at the spider chasers. Leave it to someone to market fruit from the bois d'arc tree. They may be poisonous, but it's either not much or cats know better than to eat them, as the fruit is all over the place here now. One year a friend from another state actually paid postage for me to mail her some of these. I've never actually tried them for spiders, but they do get mushy after awhile.

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  14. Hi
    I've never heard of Spider Chasers and have enjoyed reading all the comments about what they are really called! LOL! I love it that your local market stays open - like others have said, ours just closes for the season.
    Thanks for stopping by my O.W. post.


    Jean

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  15. Hi Diann, me too, I have never heard of spider chasers. What an interesting post.

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  16. I have never heard of a spider chaser! I'm learning so many new things here! Sorry the weather was so cold and windy, makes things kind of miserable to take pictures in. Farm markets are great though! Happy Outdoor Wednesday and have a great week!

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Thank you for taking the time to comment! I hope you have a wonderful day! Diann :)