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Pic of the Forenoon

As my grandfather would say.........Another blast from down under where my daughter isn't - indeed hasn't been although she would like to I daresay. She once went to Capetown, I think, part of a conference on Sustainable Development, but that's about the limit of her southerly escapades. Perhaps she could be persuaded to accompany Blossom's hubby (see previous Antartic post) on the 28 ice-breaking voyage across the Ross shelf. It's the sort of thing she would be game for; with Theo in tow of course. All good education for a young child. Ivy could run a course to knit woolly hats for all. Including fish and penguins. Anyway, enough facetiousness for one morning, here are a couple more pics. This time of stripe-y ice. Are you ready? Vests tucked in? Deep breaths!Uploaded ImageUploaded Image

Posted at 25th Nov 2010 - 09:34AM   Posted by Fennie   Pic of the Forenoon Comments: 15

Withy Brook's Avatar I am still holding my breath - they are so beautiful - and extraordinary. 3 inches of snow here this morning but we can't compete with that.

Posted by: Withy Brook on 25th Nov 2010 at 09:50AM

Blossomcottage's Avatar These pictures are just fantastic, I would love to go but I am afraid my stomach would limit my boat travel, I get sick on the Victory and that's been in dry dock forever!

I will tell hubby that there is a willing traveller to go with him, although I understand that the trips from Oz are finishing next year as the Icebreaker is past it's sell by date and there is not another one in the pipeline.

There are two very good books about Grandfather Stenhouses adventure
The Lost Men Kelly Tyler Lewis
and The Ice Captain ( which is a bit dry and is the story of granfather Stenhouse)

I can recommend the first.

There is a quote in the ships log written by one of the crew after being the the ice for some months
We came looking for adventure we should not now complain

Posted by: Blossomcottage on 25th Nov 2010 at 09:55AM

Arosebyanyothername's Avatar Why is it stripey? Is it some form of polar bear's (yes, I know) installation art?

Posted by: Arosebyanyothername on 25th Nov 2010 at 09:57AM

Westerwitch's Avatar Wow

Posted by: Westerwitch on 25th Nov 2010 at 10:04AM

Fairy Nuff's Avatar Now that's what you call a humbug!

I love the other one too it looks like baleen.

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 25th Nov 2010 at 11:17AM

Arosebyanyothername's Avatar Er - what's 'baleen', please? I could look it up, I suppose. But doing salaries this morning and taking time off.

Posted by: Arosebyanyothername on 25th Nov 2010 at 11:25AM

Milla's Avatar yup, that was going to be my word, too:


Posted by: Milla on 25th Nov 2010 at 11:30AM

KittyB's Avatar These pics are just magnificent. Thanks for posting them, totally gob-smacking!

Posted by: KittyB on 25th Nov 2010 at 11:50AM

Ivy's Avatar these pictures are great but I suppose Mr Photoshop has been playing around with them.....

Posted by: Ivy on 25th Nov 2010 at 12:44PM

Ivy's Avatar Baleen are the hairs a whale has in its mouth to filter out the plankton .

Posted by: Ivy on 25th Nov 2010 at 12:46PM

Arosebyanyothername's Avatar Thanks! I'd have never guessed. Sounds like a useful crossword word.

Posted by: Arosebyanyothername on 25th Nov 2010 at 03:14PM

Fennie's Avatar I'm surprised, Rosie, you didn't know that seeing that is what (or so I was always led to believe) was what whalebone corsets were made of. Not quite hairs as we know them, a bit stiffer, to filter out krill, but no doubt made from the same material.

Posted by: Fennie on 25th Nov 2010 at 03:27PM

Faith's Avatar Beautiful - what are the stripes caused by? Or are they photo shopped?

Posted by: Faith on 25th Nov 2010 at 05:49PM

Pimsonthelawn's Avatar Whats sitting on top of the second iceberg?...looks like a giant Seal.
Brill pictures like the stripes on the first one

Posted by: Pimsonthelawn on 25th Nov 2010 at 06:50PM

Milla's Avatar c'mon! we want stripe info now!!

Posted by: Milla on 25th Nov 2010 at 08:40PM

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