I was bitten by a jack jumper ant, yesterday afternoon (Friday). My foot wasn’t too bad when I headed off to the market in the morning but as the day progressed, my foot ballooned and blistered. The market’s ambulance personnel recommended that I get it treated as we were unable to get the swelling down. So, the stall was packed up by various helping hands (a big thank you to all those that helped!) and I was ushered out. I have been referred to the jack jumper clinic. I didn’t know that there was such a place, but apparently there are so many people allergic to jack jumper bites that there is a clinic in Tasmania. https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/insects/australian-jack-jumper-ants.htm Has anyone else experienced a jack jumper bite? What was it like for you?
My first customer of the day was a couple from Singapore. They purchased “All Ears”, “Kookaburra Rescue”, “Scarlet Robin Rescue” and “Duck Crossing” from my Cheer ’em Up series.
They also purchased “Salamanca Fresh” and “Beach Date”.
A couple visiting Tasmania from Scotland purchased “Meet Me at the Gate” and “Maggie & Maggie”.
A couple, with a bush property in NSW, purchased “Sitting on the Fence”. They regularly have kookaburra visits.
A couple from the UK, who have been in Australia for 2 years and have another 18 months before heading back home, purchased “Devilish Siesta”, “Spiky Bunk Beds” and “Hanging Out”.
A couple from Germany, visiting Tassie, bought a “Friendship Refreshes the Soul” print to take back home with them.
A Tasmanian couple bought a “Birdwatching” greeting card for their New Zealand friend’s 80th birthday.
Art thought for the day:
“Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one.” – Stella Adler
My foot is at home now, feeling better elevated and ice packed, and I hope that you are also feeling better, wherever you are.
Wishing you lots of time to rejuvenate and create, Patricia (PJ) Hopwood-Wade
Quality prints of my art are available at www.pjpaintings.com