Not quite the last post

We had our big celebration last night. There were the terrible odes and the toasts and the running gags common to all such gatherings – and some mordant surgical jokes characteristic of this one – so I won’t attempt an account. The men have all gone off this morning, rather mutedly, for a Land Rover tour of the Falkland battlegrounds, and I am back in the Seamen’s Mission.  There’s some time, at last, to reflect on the cadences of the adventure. But at the moment I can’t think of any way to write about it that won’t sound glib or bathetic. I am attaching a few South Georgia pictures instead, although they don’t do it justice either.

In 24 hours time, we’ll be heading for the airport. There will be one more message, definitely the last post, which I shall send from London where photo uploading is easy, quick and even cheap…

(The pictures are mine except for the good one, which is Skip’s.)

At anchor in Cobbler's Cove.

Windy conditions at Trident Ridge camp

The boat arrives to rescue us, Fortuna Bay

Newborn elephant seal pup and mother

The remains of Stromness whaling station, where Shackleton, Worsley and Crean finally reached help

The grave site in Grytviken cemetery

Some of the 500,000 pairs of breeding king penguins, St Andrew's Bay


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5 Responses to Not quite the last post

  1. Simon Freedman says:

    Congratulations to all and thanks for the blog, it’s so well written, I have looked forward very much to receiving and reading it. I really feel it has temporarily transported me from England and allowed a glimpse into something which I know I could never do (I am sure Gavin will agree with this having seen me ski!). Safe return home to all and I look forward to catching up with Gavin and Tom and their families

  2. Vicci says:

    What fabulous pictures and I am sure there are many more – can’t wait to see the lot and hear about the adventure first hand. Happy trip home – love Vicci et al.

  3. Matt says:

    Amazing to see Shackleton’s grave. I don’t think I’ll ever get there!

  4. Flora says:

    Huge congratulations to everyone.
    Very proud of you mum

  5. Jane says:

    Completely brilliant. Loved every minute from my armchair.
    Jane xxx

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