Since 2011, I have been spending November to April each year working for the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) on Signy Island in the South Orkney Islands, Antarctica. I work as a Zoological Field Assistant on the penguin and seal long-term monitoring programme. Before this, I spent 2.5 years on the sub-Antarctic island of Bird Island, South Georgia, in the South Atlantic.

This blog gives readers an insight into my day-to-day life in the Antarctic, from my first trip south in 2008 to the present day.

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Time flies...

Well its been a good couple of weeks since I put anything on here.  Its been pretty busy.  First we celebrated Christmas.  We spent Christmas morning sledging down our 1km long snow slope.  This was a lot of fun, and was especially helped by using the skidoo to get us back to the top of the hill without any effort.  You can probably just make out two little black dots in the picture below, the lower one being two of us on the sledge, the upper being the skidoo, following us down the slope.

We had a traditional Christmas dinner of turkey and the trimmings.

Followed by some good Christmas desserts which I had been making in the previous days/weeks.

Work resumed as usual between Christmas and New Year.  New Year itself was busy as we had a ship visiting, dropping off our two new Scientists, Aqlima and Megumu (earlier than mentioned in my previous blog).  This brings us up to 7 on station which is nice because the place feels a bit busier (and tasks such as cooking, only come round once a week instead of every 5 days, which actually feels like it makes quite a difference).

Since New Year, we have had some beautiful weather with nice fluffy white snow, followed by big blue skies and swirling clouds.  We have had some fairly poor weather too, but the sunny days make better photographs!

Happy New Year to everyone back at home. 

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