I went for a walk today to check on the progress of the sea ice. Impressively, it has remained intact despite being battered by 40 knot winds overnight. and most of the clear water that was visible from Rothera last week has now disappeared altogether. We also had a sprinkling of snow last night so it looks like the proper job!
It was exceptionally calm conditions as I wandered along the shoreline. Once out of earshot of the base, the only sounds that you could hear where the occasional whispered squeaks and groans of the ice as the water moved beneath it. It was beautiful, tranquil and completely mesmerising.