13th March

Its been a quiet day today, just steaming along in fairly calm seas. Last night I went up to the bridge just before midnight and it was in darkness, with searchlights shining on the sea in front of the ship. It was very foggy and although big icebergs show up on the radar there is still danger from smaller ones just below the surface, so Tim, the third mate, was keeping a close watch ahead. It looked very eerie, the water was dark navy blue, and white petrels wheeled across the lights. Today has been a housekeeping day, vacuumed my cabin, washed my hair, played Jamie in scrabble (won), knitted, and then topped of the day by having TWO fillet steaks for dinner. I knew I was being a pig, just couldn't resist them. I'll probably have nightmares tonight.

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21st February

Its about 5.00 pm on my first day at sea. We are 200 nautical miles south-west of Hobart in fairly calm seas. I’m still finding my sea legs but haven’t been sick. The anti-seasick tablets make me very sleepy and I had a delicious sleep last night, feeling snug and safe in my bunk as the ship crashed through the sea.

22nd February

Ít doesn’t really feel as though I’m on my way to Antarctica. It feels more like I am on a floating health farm, fabulous food, great gym, no stresses or worries. It has been foggy all day today with calm seas but even so I am very careful about going on deck. It’s such a big ocean that I can’t help imagining how terrible it would be to fall overboard. I watched shearwaters ( mutton birds ) flying around the ship yesterday.