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Thursday, March 9th, 1911

Yesterday and to-day very busy about the hut and overcoming difficulties fast. The stove threatened to exhaust our store of firewood. We have redesigned it so that it takes only a few chips of wood to light it and then continues to give great heat with blubber alone. To-day there are to be further improvements to regulate the draught and increase the cooking range. We have further housed in the living quarters with our old Discovery winter awning, and begin already to retain the heat which is generated inside. We are beginning to eat blubber and find biscuits fried in it to be delicious.

We really have everything necessary for our comfort and only need a little more experience to make the best of our resources. The weather has been wonderfully, perhaps ominously, fine during the last few days. The sea has frozen over and broken up several times already. The warm sun has given a grand opportunity to dry all gear.

Yesterday morning Bowers went with a party to pick up the stores rescued from the floe last week. Evans volunteered to join the party with Meares, Keohane, Atkinson, and Gran. They started from the hut about 10 A.M.; we helped them up the hill, and at 7.30 I saw them reach the camp containing the gear, some 12 miles away. I don’t expect them in till to-morrow night.

It is splendid to see the way in which everyone is learning the ropes, and the resource which is being shown. Wilson as usual leads in the making of useful suggestions and in generally providing for our wants. He is a tower of strength in checking the ill-usage of clothes – what I have come to regard as the greatest danger with Englishmen.

Morainic cones, Erebus in background. Day on top. March 9th 1911
“Morainic cones, Erebus in background. Day on top. March 9th 1911”

Morainic cones, Erebus in background. Day on top. March 9th 1911
“Morainic cones, Erebus in background. Day on top. March 9th 1911”

Young pancake ice forming at West Beach. Erebus in background. March 9th 1911
“Young pancake ice forming at West Beach. Erebus in background. March 9th 1911”

Young pancake ice forming at West Beach. Erebus in background. March 9th 1911
“Young pancake ice forming at West Beach. Erebus in background. March 9th 1911”

Young pancake ice forming at West Beach. Erebus in background. March 9th 1911
“Young pancake ice forming at West Beach. Erebus in background. March 9th 1911”

Pancake ice forming on sea. March 9th 1911
“Pancake ice forming on sea. March 9th 1911”

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