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Happy Midwinter!

June 25th, 2009 Posted in Antarctica

Midwinter greetings from RotheraWe’re in the middle of Midwinter’s Week here at Rothera. The run up to Midwinter’s Week was was very much like the week before Christmas with everyone frantically trying to finish jobs so we could relax for the celebrations. My main worry over the week was ensuring we had as complete a list as possible of the other Antarctic base Midwinter's greetings from other Antarctic bases...e-mail addresses to send round our official Midwinter greetings message, as the tradition goes… and a fine collection of messages have been sent to and fro across the continent, as you can see to the right!

The week is a mix of precious time off work and traditional fun and games such as the Midwinter Olympics (skiing, ice climbing, races and lots of outdoor fun in the cold), round the base Crazy Golf and lots and lots of watching films and eating crisps. Midwinter’s Day was a special day with Riet pulling out all the stops for the Midwinter’s banquet, our very special Midwinter’s broadcast from the BBC World Service and, of course, the final showing and swapping of our Midwinter presents!

A fine display of the station's arts & crafts skillsFestivities aside, it’s turned rather cold here and, with most of the week seeing fairly calm winds, the sea to the north and south of the station has completely frozen over, albeit with relatively thin ice. Now we eagerly await the consolidation of the sea ice and pray for a few more days of calm, cold weather… perhaps the first ventures out to walk across the sea are not too far away…

  1. 6 Responses to “Happy Midwinter!”

  2. By Gavin Beard on Jun 25, 2009

    Three messages on the world service, not bad going. Perhaps I should be doing something more useful with leave leave than listening to a world service replay…

    Think of us hayfever sufferers getting too warm over here. Sounds like you are having a good time.



  3. By Mum on Jun 25, 2009

    Yes! We are suffering from hay fever over here in the UK. Well done, Gavin for reminding us how bad it is. Eye drops, nasal spray & tabs.
    Of course we British are complaining already about the balmy weather. Very close & humid here today & in the throes of a thunderstorm tonight.
    I was very happy in the air conditioned Marriott Hotel in Swindon at lunchtime enjoying a delicious chicken Caesar salad with stolen chips from Janet’s plate. Yum!


  4. By Pete on Jul 3, 2009

    Happy Birthday for Monday, mate (and to Zoe too!)


  5. By Zoe on Jul 3, 2009

    Thank you, Pete! I hope you are well.


  6. By Andy A on Jul 5, 2009

    Happy birthday Andy, you don’t look a day over 25, honest.


  7. By Julie Russ & Willow on Jul 5, 2009

    Hi Andrew
    We are keeping up to date with your blog regularly and love the photos, they are amazing!
    It sounds like things are rrrreally boring there on camp……….yeah right…..skiing, ice climbing it sounds like an advert for a Neilson holiday!
    Can’t remember if we told you but I’m pregnant, 20 weeks tomorrow and all is going well, although this hot weather is a nightmare. Still its nice to see the sun shining (sorry no dig intended)
    Happy Birthday for tomorrow. Have your pals over there got something planned for you? Well I was 21 again yesterday and don’t look a day over 42!
    Havent caught up with Zoe yet but hope to before I have the baby.
    Take care love from us Brown”s & bump! xxxx


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