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Friday, April 4, 2014


This 'time away from home' was not a holiday, but a business trip.  One of those things we can laugh at now, many years later.  I'm sure most of us have experienced a bit of a mini-horror event on our trips away.

'Ant Invasion' - Jez
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We were in West Africa, in a hotel quite a way from the nearest town - not our choice, I have to stress.  On our first night we were attempting our dinner when suddenly from nowhere an army of tiny ants marched across to the table, up the leg and spread quickly out across the table.  Meanwhile behind us another army of much larger ants were dragging the body of a large cockroach up the wall to a crack/hole in the ceiling.  Don't even ask what the bedroom and bathroom were like, but the place is probably not in the 'Good Hotels Guide'.

It was my turn to wait in the hospital for over an hour this morning while Dev had a procedure - he did the same for me yesterday when I had the CT scan.  I spent the time in the café, and managed to draw this and had it coloured just as Dev came to say he was ready to go.  Time well spent.


  1. Jez, what an experience you had! May be you feel horror now when you see these ants. I hope you are well. Have a nice and relaxing weekend!

  2. i might have shrieked if i were in your position! i hate ants and all kinds of insects. did you draw this from imagination? It's lovely despite the not so lovely crawlers lol. i wish you and Dev well. take care!

  3. Yes, Elisa, this memory suddenly popped into my mind in the hospital café, and I drew it from both memory and imagination. Like you I can't bear creepy crawlies, ants and worst of all spiders!

  4. Now I feel itchy! LOL That must have been quite an experience, and yes, you can laugh at it now. Great illustration of the story.

  5. I forgot to say that I hope your tests all came out well. All the best!

  6. Thank you Joan, I think it will be a fortnight before I get the results, but I am pretty confident everything is OK.

  7. Oh Jez, ANTS...everywhere!!! yuk....I don't think I could have coped with that. Glad you can look back and laugh about it now and I absolutely love your drawing of have really captured the scene.

    Hope all is well for you with the CT and for Dev. Hospitals are not my favourite places!

  8. Hee hee..I especially love your description of ants carrying a cockroach! And of course your delightful drawing!

  9. This is adorable and hysterical! Love the story. But glad it wasn't MY experience! LOL charming art!

  10. Wow, what a story Jez. Lucky you weren't bitten by the ants. Hope all tests are good. Great drawing.

  11. I would freak out. It reminds me of a movie which took place in Africa and these huge swarms of ants ate anything in their path that was alive. Shudder. Nice little sketch. Hope you are both OK.


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