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The Arctic

Posted: 27/07/2015 at 11:17


As suggested a thread of photos and a little chatter from my trip.

1 and 2. Reindeer. Very common and totally un bothered by humans.

3. The killing fields. A huge pile of Beluga whale bones, left over from the days of hunting, very traumatic.

4,5. Glaciers. All over the place. Frequently saw "calfing", great blocks of ice crashing into the sea. Some are a fantastic blue colour, if the ice is very dense.

6. Plants. Surprisingly common around the shore, where the ice melts. The growing season is about 10 weeks.

7. Home! An unheated, except for cooking stove, rigid tent.

More to follow.


Posted: 27/07/2015 at 08:04

Morning forkers.

I have returned.

Hope you are all well, as it is unlikely I will read back.

Trip was amazing, sat on top of the world. Having a barbecue in the midnight sun at 81 degrees North, when we were apparently the most Northerly people on the planet, was wonderful.

The Arctic is strange and very beautiful. Amazing mountains, glaciers, icebergs and wildlife. This year the sea has remained frozen much further South than normal, which was beautiful, but made the research much harder.

Wild life seen included: Polar Bears, Walrusses, 3 types of Whales, Reindeer, seals, Artic Foxes and many species of birds. My personal favourite was a Fin Whale [ the second largest creature on the planet ] close to the inflatable when we were trying to locate some Belugas. Sods law being on a roughish sea, I did not have camera.

One medical drama, colleague fell into crevasse and badly cut leg, 12 stitches required and performed on the glacier, surrounded by men with guns, in case smell of blood attracted the Bears.

I hope to post photos when I have sorted them out.

I am very happy to post more details of trip, but am also aware that it is easy to become a bore about holidays.


Posted: 11/07/2015 at 10:52

Congratulations WW and much deserved from the pictures I have seen.

So far my packing has consisted of making mix tapes for the boring hours, must get on and dig out thermals etc.


Posted: 10/07/2015 at 23:22

Thanks for all the good wishes forkers, you really know how to cheer a young [ish ] man up.

I am off Sunday, after another shooting practice tomorrow. Arrival home is a bit dependant on sea ice conditions, and the data that the scientists can get on the Beluga Whales, but should be in about 2 weeks.

Hopefully might get some pictures of Polar Bears, Whales, Walrusses etc.

Plant DNA

Posted: 10/07/2015 at 23:09

The other thing about cuttings is, that they are of course genetically the same age as the parent and so will often grow quicker, than growing from seed.


Posted: 10/07/2015 at 14:38

Hello all.

Sorry I have not been on for a while, but have had "issues" to sort out, hope you don't mind me off loading.

As some of you know I am off for an expedition to the Arctic, where in order to reduce the cost I am acting as medical officer. However I have not actually done any medicine for 4 years now and started to become increasingly anxious about whether I would be able to cope with any emergencies that happened. Over the last few weeks I have become more and more worried and as some of you know, this has led to a bit of a downward spiral.

Anyway, hopefully I have got on top of everything and I leave this weekend.

I hope you are all well and enjoying your gardens and I hope to see you again in a while.

It's my birthday

Posted: 09/06/2015 at 10:42

I'm not sure I understand Susan, how come your son is older than you?!


Posted: 09/06/2015 at 10:20

Morning all.

Sunny, but still quite cold here.

Sitting here putting off digging large holes for the Cannas, I need an under gardener, so I can direct operations, sow seeds, take cuttings and delegate heavy or boring jobs to them.

Have a lovely day, whatever you are doing.

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 08/06/2015 at 17:22

I meant other peoples photos, not mine of course.

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 08/06/2015 at 13:51


Lovely pictures everyone.


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