I still don’t know why ice fills me with joy. And this morning there’s not just ice but sunshine. Aurora Australis is chugging her steady way through drifts of sea ice and around majestic icebergs on sparkling water under a clear blue sky. It’s minus 5 on deck but no one cares, everyone’s out marvelling and taking photographs. Thanks to Sarah Armstrong I hope to share a few very low resolution pix with you – let’s hope it works. I know there’s a few friends and families of other crew members reading this blog – hello! and hope you get a bit of a feel for where we are and what we’re seeing on this glorious day.

What better conditions could be had for writing a scene about Ingrid, Mathilde and Lillemor arriving in the ice on their voyage? After that, writing will be taking a back seat to being up on deck and experiencing this extraordinary world.

About Jesse Blackadder

Living at the easternmost tip of Australia on the caldera of an extinct volcano, Jesse Blackadder is a novelist, freelance writer and Doctor of Creative Arts. She is fascinated by landscapes, adventurous women and very cold places and has published three adult novels and three novels for children.
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4 Responses to Joy

  1. Sharon Dean says:

    Wow. Those photos were definitely worth waiting for. Beautiful, Jesse! X

  2. Kathy Holder says:

    There’s nothing else quite like the smell of cold is there.

  3. Jen says:

    I can see exactly why ice fills you with joy Jesse. What a truly amazing adventure you are having and fabulous photos to boot. Hope you did well on the sweep! My horse is still running xx

  4. linnie says:

    Beautiful… Awe inspiring…. Yes … what an amazing adventure!!!! Enjoy life on deck in that beautiful weather… Wear a beanie!!! :):) xxx

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