30th March

I did an art consultation in the afternoon. Claire, who has been on Macquarie Island for the last year working with seals, asked me to help her design a picture to go on a surfboard she made while she was there. We looked at pictures of elephant seals, king penguins, maps of the island, the southern cross, and experimented with ways to make them look good, and now Claire is thinking about it. The long winter nights at 'Macca' mean there's plenty of time to be creative and Claire showed me some beautiful stainless steeel braclets that a friend had made her. I'd love to live there for a year and go exploring every day and make things at night. Thursday 31st March Hi everybody, what a quiet day! Shipboard life is back to normal, steaming along through fog and calm seas, no need to look out for ice bergs. It’s about 5 degrees so we are all getting around in shirt sleeves. We had a muster on the helideck at 10.30 this morning and it seemed old hat compared to what a big deal the first one was six weeks ago. I went to the gym this afternoon and got sweaty and feel much better for it, until tomorrow.

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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.