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King Edward Point Diary — June 2006

It is now November 2006,so my apologies for the lateness of this newsletter. So here are a lot of pictures for that month with a few lines of what was going on. I'd also like to say hello to all my family and friends and hope they are all well.

This is our midwinter greeting to the other Antarctic bases. We are dressed like this as South Georgia is classed as the banana belt, and it wasn't cold, honest!

Mid-winter Greetings 2006
Mid-winter Greetings 2006

June was the month, which kicked off South Georgia's ski season. Skiing started on the easy slopes behind grytvikken.there are no ski lifts here so you have to put the miles in to ski the slopes. Ski mountaineering boots, alpine skis and skins are the norm for here.telemark skis are also popular here too.

Ade on the slopes
Ade on the slopes

The first ski day was a beautifully clear cold day and there were a few eager participants on the slopes. A good time was had by all.

Sarah, Charlotte, Will on the season's first ski
Sarah, Charlotte, Will on the season's first ski

During june we also have midwinter.this is a week where generally the whole base gets to relax a little.The proceedings start with a midwinter swim and a rewarm in the sauna and a couple of apple schnapps.

The Mid-winter swim
The Mid-winter swim

As you can see it was a nice clear day although we were in the shade, which made it a really chilly experience. A few brave souls made the plunge more than once.

Sarah and Tim during Mid-winter swim
Sarah and Tim during Mid-winter swim

After this we have a huge sit down meal with about 7 courses. The food was all delicious and cooked by ourselves, as we have no chef down here to cater for us. We also had a guest in the form of James from the foreign office. He joined in the day's proceedings and seemed to enjoy himself.

Mid-winter feast
Mid-winter feast

Infact a good day was had by all, as seen by the picture of one of our boating officers and the meal continued on into the evening.

Martony
Martony

After the meal the midwinter gifts were presented. These are hand made by base members who get a name drawn out of a hat and have to make a present for that person. As you can see our other boating officer was extremely happy with the new wheel for Quest.

Rick AKA Captain Pugwash with his go faster wheel
Rick AKA Captain Pugwash with his go faster wheel

During the weeks festivities we had a pub crawl where various rooms were converted into themed bars for a quick tipple.My bar was called The Electric Chair and I gave a short reading of an account of someone being executed in one,it was rather macabre,I also hooked up a tester so people could sample a real electric shock,It was a good night and fun was had by all.

Ghost night pub crawl-The Electric Chair
Ghost night pub crawl-The Electric Chair

During June there were a couple of camping trips, the first one being Ali, Charlotte, and Sarah to Maivikken.This was early June just before we had the big snow.

Ali and Charlotte-Maivikken Lake
Ali and Charlotte-Maivikken Lake

The second trip was Steve and Emmas to Sorling.This was after we had the big dump of snow and as you can see they had some fine weather.

Emma and Steve - Sorling
Emma and Steve - Sorling

I put this picture in because it is a great one of the glacier and shows the size of some of the bergs that get washed ashore [which makes great ice for drinks].

Emma and Steve - Nordenskjold Glacier
Emma and Steve - Nordenskjold Glacier

During June Quest was taken out for a bit of a spruce up. There was a lot of sanding down and painting going on.

Jamie and Will painting Quest
Jamie and Will painting Quest

And finally, our midwinter 2006 photo. Bye for now.

HAPPY MIDWINTER 2006!
HAPPY MIDWINTER 2006!

Adrian Hosey [KEP Electrician]