Anna: For those who are squeamish about spiders, you may not want to view this photo.
I'd gone back to our 4th floor lounge with the macro lens to see if I could find the spider my daughter and I had seen while watching tv a few day back. No luck, but when I went around to where I'd see another one, I hit the jackpot. I admit to a bit of harassment to coax it out of its corner - I poked around behind it with the stem of a dried weed.
I knew this spider was big and hairy, but I didn't expect this! I've uploaded a set of photos here. I took them while standing on my tip-toes, and had to use the flash. I did have to brighten them up a bit, but I think they turned out all right.
If anyone can identify this spider, I would love to know what it is.
I mean really - this thing doesn't have hair. It has spines!!
Update: Well, it looks like I've got an ID - this is a femail Araneus diadematus - otherwise known as a European Garden Spider.
I found a second one nearby and got a few more photos.