That is how Denis ended up standing on the foredeck at midnight with a large pole fending off bits of ice that threatened to hit the anchor chain.

Yesterday was, I thought, very nice.  It was about ten degrees outside, a very pleasant temperature for us at the moment.  We had light winds and no fog.  Things only kicked up a bit in the evening when the wind changed.  The day before the wind had gone to the south and all the ice in the bay rushed passed us and went up the northern end.  When the wind changed to the west, it did the whole thing in reverse.  And that is how Denis ended up standing on the foredeck at midnight with a large pole fending off bits of ice that threatened to hit the anchor chain.  over the past couple of days since we’ve been here Denis has set out a fishing line.  This had been in the hope of catching a fish or two and though he’d put bits of meat on the hooks and checked it regularly we had no luck on that front.

On the previous anchor watches I failed to turn up for my watches because someone else just carried on with their watch and never woke me up.  Last night I managed to get that to change.  I swapped round my anchor watch with someone who had their watch at one in the morning.  Quite understandably didn’t really want to do that.  So I did the one o’clock to half two anchor watch which was  quite nice.  It was nice to be alone.

So, we eagerly await the new ice charts and we’ll hopefully leave soon.  Bye.

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