It nearly gets Dark…

The highlight of this week was on Thursday when we got up early (5am) for a partial eclipse of the sun. It did dim the light a little and is probably the darkest it will get until mid February next year. The picture shows it much darker than it actually was, but that was through 4 sets of sunglass lenses!!

5.30am at the start of the eclipse

Midweek we went back to working our usual hours finishing at 6.15, although we still haven’t quite caught up with the schedule after the early team were stuck on Union Glacier for 2 weeks. Their adventures can be seen on You Tube (Google “Kirk Watson” and the film blog will be the top hit). It has some great footage of the Ilyushan plane taking off and landing.

The living accommodation has been extended and we now have a larger dining area and games room with table tennis, table football and a small gym. All week I’ve been involved with moving all the materials into a cargo line, itemising and measuring exactly where it is incase it gets buried. Then we dig it out. When the M&E (mechanical and electrical) guys need stuff we pick it off the line and ferry it to them.

The perimeter is nearly finished (marked and flagged) so its skiing tomorrow after work…

Layout at Halley VI
Picking cargo
And, here's the "Science Boys" measuring the Hole in the Ozone layer!

Series - Halley VI

  1. The Halley Build… continues
  2. The Halley season begins
  3. It nearly gets Dark…
  4. A day in the life…
  5. Windy Bay Penguin Colony
  6. Happy Christmas from Antarctica!!
  7. Christmas and New Year on the Ice
  8. Friday 13th is 2 Weeks Late
  9. Halley, the Final Chapter

9 thoughts on “It nearly gets Dark…”

  1. The eclipse looks great. Amazing that you managed to get those photos through all your sunglasses. Are the multiple rings around the sun caused by each successive pair?

    Cor, do you get to drive the big forklift around? :mrgreen: I bet Colin feels all misty eyed…

  2. no, he’s not in a dressing gown, although that wouldn’t be a total shock- 😯
    and I don’t get to drive the forks as they want the boxes picked up, not demolished. I’m in the snowcat..
    No marathon this year as they reckon it takes too much organising πŸ™ but have been out skiing, and may get out again tomorrow, but weather is not so good; overcast, windy and very cold :freeze: :freeze:

  3. Hello explorer! We r with Kirsty and the policeman for the Cockermouth beer festival. We will toast you tomorrow with a pint or two of ale? We hope that you painting duties r going well. Gone a bit chilly here today – went down to almost freezing on the way down from Edinburgh, but did not see any penguins. Looking forward to seeing the new additions to Edinburgh Zoo – the new pandas from China. They should be with the zoo for Sunday, so they will be at departures at present at Beijing international. They were held up whilst their passports were checked as the airport would not accept black and white photos. Hope they get good seats on the way to the UK. Enough dribble from me, have a good time and keep warm and safe. See you when you get back. Cheers will get you a pint of something good tomorrow 4 u. Martin & Joan.

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