1st April

April Fool's Day, and I don't think I've had any tricks played on me. We handed all our Antarctic Division clothing back today, freezer suits, boots, goggles and sunglasses, so I guess that means it's really over. We got to keep our thermals and hats and gloves. This afternoon we had cabin inspection, just like on school camp. Our cabin was a pigsty, so it was good to clean it up. I read in the Guest Book that Prue Tyson from 4MC at Leongatha Primary School liked the pictures of penguins so here some more for you all to enjoy. Dont forget that today is April Fool's day so don't let anyone trick you. A little while ago I went up to the bridge and could see Tasmania on the horizon so we are nearly home. I think we get into Hobart early tomorrow morning

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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.