25th March

Today was a bit of a sad day because all our friends who are staying at Macquarie Island left the ship, in fact it seemed like everybody left the ship apart from the crew and the artists. We had to stay on board while all the re-supply operations got underway and it was very frustrating looking across the water at the beautiful island and not being able to be there. Anyway, some good things happened. The first was that when I woke up at about 6.15am, Macquarie Island was outside my porthole, steep green hills falling into the ocean, scarred with landslides and gullies. I asked someone about some patches of rock high up on the hillside and they told me they were King Penguin rookeries. What I thought were patches of stones were patches of penguins. The penguins come ashore and waddle up a gully for hundreds of metres to reach their high rise habitat. One theory about this crazy situation is that the rookeries were originally at sea level, but, as Macquarie Island is the only place in the world where the earth's crust is pushing up, and rises about a centimetre a year, they have been slowly elevated over the years. Another good thing that happened was that I saw King Penguins swimming outside my porthole and making lovely chirping noises. Finally, just before sunset, I saw a beautiful rainbow over the sea, and took a photograph of one of the helicopters flying past it, and also a nice one of a bird. Going to bed exhausted after being lost in the cyber-woods for about two hours when I couldn't find any of my photos, not even in the re-cycle bin, finally found them in a music folder, phew!

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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.