We made it! And here I am! Currently working night shifts, 8pm-8am, hauling
cargo. Boxes and barrels and containers and food and drums and drums and drums
of fuel. Hard hats and big machines. Cranes, skidoos, snowcats. The cleanest
construction site in the world!
Occasionally I look up, look around me and see white. White, white, white,
as far as the eye can see. Sometimes, that’s not very far at all. Other days,
it’s miles and miles. And a streak of blue on the sky perhaps. Or the water-sky
effect where clouds reflect what’s below them so they’re darker above water
than snow. Clouds. So much sky. Clouds and clouds of sky. No wonder the meteorologists
like it here so much. There’s not a lot else to focus on. Except the man-made
features. Straight lines, randomly placed. Why can’t they be spirals? Why can’t
we spell something creative out to the sky above? Straight line of cargo here.
Fuel depots. Shipping containers. Buildings, widely spaced apart (why?), on
legs. My new lab, off in the distance, still just a platform. The containers
which will go up there have, however, arrived.
This is my new home. To my surprise, it feels very normal. The wonder and beauty
that has struck me every day on this voyage is less apparrant. It’s kind of
as I expected, but in every direction. And bigger. It’s right somehow. Maybe
it’s because we’re busy, maybe because I have plenty of time ahead of me, maybe
because, unlike the other places on this trip, I’ve heard a lot about Halley
Whatever the reason, it’s good to be here. And it’s been a good laugh so far
too. Everyone takes part in the relief operation, ship side, base side, in between.
It’s about 13km between ship and base and we’re operating for 24 hours. There’s
bound to be more about this written in the official
site (remember to look for Halley now, not Shackleton!) This is just a quick
entry, before I return to the fuel drums, to say I’m here, we made it and it’s
Thanks also to everyone who sent me a christmas email, thanks for the pressies,
cards and letters that I got to open on christmas day and Happy New Year to
you all! (Also, my email address book was wiped upon moving up here so if you
want a personal email from me back, please just drop us a quick line –
either leave a comment here, or email