Spider dreads this time of year because Mrs Spider , unreasonable woman that she is, expects him to turn over a new leaf. She starts by inferring that the house is about to tumble about our ears from lack of maintenance and that our four -wheeled transport is in such a disgraceful condition she is ashamed to go out in it. Not to mention the garden, which she makes out to be a jungle of tangled weeds etc etc. Oh and did she mention the decorating? She did, at great length!! Spider groans because he knows this will be followed by a tirade of perceived bike-related complaints which will only cease when he promises to change his ways! Having been forced to take refuge in the crypt he retaliates with the only weapon he has - a malicious cartoon.