|Sunset from the Aurora Australis Helideck|
Dove has some new covers to keep the sun off her varnish and I fitted some extra anti-chafe to her mooring today. Ashore at Took-End I have been doing the rounds trying to eradicate holly and blackberries. The grass is growing at a rapid rate now that the weather has warmed up and I am hoping that there will be a day when I can mow just before departure.The absence of domestic animals at Took-End now has resulted in an abundance of animal life. A Long Nosed Potoroo hopped out of the undergrowth last night just on dusk which was a nice suprise. There is a family of Native Hens which have arrived this winter in addition to the Bennet Wallabies, Bandicoots, Possums, Cockatoos, Kookaburras and Fairy Wrens.
I am quite excited about this summer in Anatrctica which will present an opportunity to explore the coastline in the Casey region as well as heading inland to the plateau. Plans are already formulating in my mind for next year and at this stage I am keen to sail Dove north to the Great Barrier Reef for some beachcombing. This seems like the perfect compliment to a summer on ice.