23rd March

Sorry this is late, I was too tired last night, but it was a good thing I waited until this morning because we saw another aurora last night, another greenie. It wasn’t as bright as the last one, and the moon was full, so that probably bleached some of the colour out of it, but it shimmered and waved like a neon green curtain. I was in bed but Frances came and got me and I went up and lay on my back on the monkey deck and watched it until I got too cold. Yesterday was another day of not very much happening, painting, writing, organising the voyage T-shirt and in the evening the three artists on board, Frances, Margo and I, all gave a talk about our work. Frances is a musician, so she played us some of her music, very funky, one of her songs, By Myself, with her band Hecate, took them to the USA for a couple of years. Margo is recording Antarctic sounds, so she talked about her work and played some of the sounds she sends to her ABC website every day  and I showed some slides of my stuff. Today’s a beautiful day, blue skies, and the sea is so clam it feels as though we are floating down a river, but I’ll tell you more 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.