Returning from the checking and feeding the sheep up on the common grazings, I was about to climb over the hill fence when I noticed this spider repairing its web, and returning to its central point. Spun between the wires of the fence – and across a gap where one wire was broken, the web was unusually large. And very effective – constantly catching small creatures caught on the wind blowing through the fence. The spider was feasting on midges, flies, small beetles. But the extra-large web, constantly buffeted by the wind and damaged by the insects it trapped, needed constant repair. No wonder that spiders provide the metaphors for persistence, as in the story of Robert the Bruce.