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The ants are fine, thank you for asking.

By johnboy 24 November 2008 26

On Friday morning the ants in my backyard successfully warned us of truly horrible weather on the way.

For those worried about how the ants endured the cyclone-strength low pressure system which flung us back into winter over the weekend allow me to present the above photo.

If anything the ants’ mound is even higher than it was before the storms and they’re still busy building it higher.


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Granny 11:45 pm 26 Nov 08

Sometimes the little one stops to do a poo. It depends on what part of the country they come from no doubt.

; )

lobster 11:00 pm 26 Nov 08

Granny said :

For some reason they also say, “Hurrah! Hurrah!” when they march.

They also all go marching 2 by 2 when the little ones stops to do up it’s shoe and they all went marching… for to get out of the rain… for to get out of the rain…

Granny 1:33 pm 24 Nov 08


… I would like to think we’ve come a bit further than that, poptop!

poptop 1:24 pm 24 Nov 08

I can’t offer much of either[Robbie may have both].

In a feeble attempt to cheer you up, I will tell you that male bees and ants are both called drones, they are used for breeding and then left to die.

Granny 1:01 pm 24 Nov 08

I have transport issues, poptop. I need sympathy! Lots of sympathy. Oh, and a car.

: )

poptop 12:56 pm 24 Nov 08

Why are you here, posting? Why are you not at Guess, taking snaps of Robbie? Hmmm?

Granny 12:53 pm 24 Nov 08

It would not surprise me, poptop … *sigh* … and bees as well! What is wrong with the insect kingdom? Why has nobody invented suffrage for ants and bees? Why do I have to think of everything?

poptop 12:40 pm 24 Nov 08

You do know that all those worker ants are girls . . . don’t you?

Overheard 12:33 pm 24 Nov 08

Not forgetting the ant whose parents were actually hoping for a bee: Ant-hony.

Thumper 12:25 pm 24 Nov 08

Adam, goes without saying…

Whatsup 12:08 pm 24 Nov 08

Antonia as well !

Granny 12:04 pm 24 Nov 08

Well, there’s Atom Ant of course.

huwr 11:57 am 24 Nov 08

Have you named any of the ants?

Granny 11:38 am 24 Nov 08

For some reason they also say, “Hurrah! Hurrah!” when they march.

Thumper 11:34 am 24 Nov 08

Don’t be silly, ants can’t sing..

They are however, exceptional mandolin players…

ebony57 11:25 am 24 Nov 08

I wonder if they sing to themselves whilst they work? “Build it up build it up build it higher…”

Or maybe they are going into subterranean car parking scams – offering wonderously renovated basement storage as the ultimate in city car parking for a modest fee per month. The Canberra equivalent of swamp in south-east Queensland.

Granny 11:16 am 24 Nov 08

Ok, then I like ants and bees too.

Skidbladnir 11:13 am 24 Nov 08

I like ants and bees. 🙂
Bees give pretty good long-range seasonal forecasts, once you get used to them.
Bees are also good at giving an instantaneous reading of the weather (by behaviour), but the ant dams are a more visible, and less open to interpretation.

ant 11:09 am 24 Nov 08

There is rain coming, as I said in the previous thread, a series of inland troughs are makign their way towards us. The big question is always moisture. Systems have been rubbish in recent times due to either a lack of moisture in the atmosphere, or lack of a catalyst to get access to that moisture. On Sunday we got an East Coast Low bombing in conjunction with the strong cold SW system, resulting in all that rain.

I like to dream that these inland troughs might be able to draw down moisture from the top end, and I think the ants may be wondering about that too.

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