|The Rothera mid winter greeting picture. Most of the Antarctic bases|
send each other greeting pictures. We went for the retro look.
The main celebration is on the Mid winter's day; the 21st of June. The day started with Jess the station leader offering to bring people tea or coffee to their rooms. I declined this offer, and went and did some stretching instead. At ten o'clock there was a champagne breakfast. After that everybody gathered in the bar for the opening of the mid winter gifts.
|One of the fun activity which traditionally organised by the field guides for|
mid winter week here at Rothera is the Winter Olympics.
Here the winning team of Jack and Stew pull Aurelia on the dog sledge race.
|Another winter Olympic event was create stacking.|
Aurelia on crate 11 before the tower collapsed.
The winning team manged 13 crates.
Theresa had also traveled down on the ship with myself in early May. It was decided by the powers that be, that as neither of us would meet a number of the winter's until we arrived on the 10th of May, by which time people could have been working on their winter gifts for a while, that we would be fairest if we made winter gifts for each other. Of course neither of us new this until after the event. Theresa made me a couple of whiskey glasses which had originally started life as beer bottles and been cut, etched and polished; she knew that I like a wee dram from time to time.
|Tom opening his winter present. It was not as hazardous as the box would suggest, it was a lovely folding chair made by Sam the chippy. Sam's framed picture can be seen in the background.|
|Kate Doc looks pleased with her gift while Tom looks on from his new chair/throne.|
|People admire some of the winter gifts (those that would fit on the poo table at least). My whiskey glasses can be seen towards the back left side of the table.|
In the afternoon we gathered in the dinning room for to begin an amazing seven course meal which Lewis the Chef had been working on for days. At 6pm we adjourned to the communication tower to listen to the mid winter broadcast. The mid winter broadcast is half hour BBC radio program for the all BAS winterer's in Antarctica, and is presented by Cerys Mathews. A link to the program can be found at https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p06blwrc After that it was a return to the dinning room for more food and drink.
The weather in the days following mid winter was some of most settled winter weather I have seen here at Rothera. There was not a cloud in the sky, and very little wind. Rothera is only a few tens of miles South of the Antarctic circle. Although at this time of year we don't get any direct sunlight on base, some of the local mountains are high enough to cancel out the curve of the earth, and catch a little direct sunlight around midday.
|Mid winter's meal.|
|The view across Rhyder bay. The sun catches the summi of Mount Liotard on the 22nd of June.|
|Out for a boating trip. The boats are actually breaking through very young sea in ice, which slowed progress and prevented us from getting very far. However, it was great weather to be out.|
|Heading out for an ascent of Orca peak in the pink light of another fine Antarctic morning in the days following mid winter.|