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Blowing Hot and Cold

In 1944 Winterbourne’s third and final private owner, John Nicolson, bequeathed the house and garden to the University of Birmingham. Responsibility for the garden was assumed by the Department of Botany who quickly renamed the grounds as the ‘Winterbourne Research Gardens’ supplementing the already established plant collection with new species intended for use by students of botany. 1,027 more words


Antarctic Winter Looms Closer

The other day saw us bid adieu to the last of our planes, the Dash-7, marking the end of the summer season and the beginning of winter.  636 more words


Shooting Penguins, Seals and Icebergs in Antarctica

Just to clarify, the title IS referring to shooting photos…before anyone calls up the Antarctic treaty folk to report me!

Now that that’s been cleared up…I thought that it’s been a while since I uploaded any of my ‘nature’ photos so here are a few of my favourites.  115 more words


Looking ship shape at Rothera station

The last few weeks have seen the arrival of some exciting visitors into the bay – the Spanish research vessel, MV Hesperides (run by the Spanish navy) and this weekend, the Antarctic cruise ship, MV Fram arrived at the wharf…much to our delight after hearing rumours of a shop and hot tubs on the top deck! 661 more words


Just your average Saturday...in Antarctica!

I write this post on a gloriously sunny Sunday with the whole day ahead of me, meaning there’s still plenty of weekend to enjoy and to write about as we’re due to go out on a boat trip after brunch. 304 more words


The Latest Happenings in Rothera

Since my last blog, Rothera station has been a hotbed of activity. The weekend before last saw our American colleagues pull alongside the wharf for 24 hours on MV Gould, an American Antarctic research vessel. 492 more words


The Wonderful Life of the Southern Elephant Seal

Since arriving at Rothera back in October, an ever-growing population of Southern Elephant Seals has been a familiar sight on base. They are commonly seen lying atop one another, intermittently abandoning their horizontal position for a short burst of fighting with another, only to quickly tire and resume resting. 629 more words