Dec 10 10
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We have all spent the last 4 days coming to terms with the routine of the ship.

Mostly this revolves around meal times; up for breakfast (7-8am), a bit of a read or watch a film, then lunch (12-1.30). After lunch its an hour in the gym and a bit more reading and then onto dinner at 6pm.

The gym

This routine though is nicely broken up with the occasional first aid talk from the doctor, or if you are on “gash” duty: involving 3 of us on a rota (so it comes around every 6 days) helping out in the kitchen and with general duties. Everything of course on board has to be “shipshape”. The steward is extremely particular and doesn’t like to see: (quote) “slack gash” on the ship.

This makes the day go a lot quicker, and makes you appreciate how hard the Chefs and Steward work all the time.

Today we had our fist iceberg sighting at 49 degrees south (which I’m told is quite a way north). We have to get to 75 degrees south, so there’s quite a way to go yet.

Approaching the iceberg

Passing the iceberg

The iceberg, well worn and rolled

The berg in the wake of the ship

The prospective date for reaching base is now about 24th December.

The other thing to get used to is gaining 5 hours over a period of just over a week. We have left Cape Town at GMT +2 and at Halley we will be at GMT -3, so we are getting an extra hour in bed every other day for 10 days!

Oh, hang on…….. Is that another meal bell?????

Series - Antarctic Painting

  1. Polar Painting
  2. Journey South
  3. The Journey Continues; Iceberg Ahoy!
  4. Ice Ice Baby
  5. The Weddell Sea
  6. Nearly there!!
  7. Halley 6 : On The Ice
  8. All Work and No Play
  9. Different Shades of Grey
  10. Racing Penguin
  11. The Move Begins
  12. Moving Postcard from Antarctica
  13. Winter approaches
  14. The Halley Marathon
  15. The Final Week
  16. The Journey North
  17. Antarctic Painting – Year 3
  18. Antarctic Demolition
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