Last day in South Georgia :(

Today was a gorgeous last day on South Georgia. The sun was shining down and the air was almost warm. As the forecast was for snow and gales we took it as a parting gift from the island. Yesterday some of us walked to Maiviken to pay a last visit to the seal puppy pools and the little gentoo penguin colony. On our way over the hill we met 8 people from the base, all with nets. They had been penguin weighing, which involves catching and weighing 50 reluctant penguin chicks. When we reached the colony sure enough 50 penguins were sporting little red spray painted marks on their backs. Yesterday was a pretty awesome day for me. Two things happened. Firstly I was finally, after three months of trying, pecked by a penguin. It took about 15 minutes of patient waiting for the curious gentoos to pluck up the courage to approach and then to take my held out hand in their beak. It was more of a nibble than a bite and was worth the wait. The second exciting thing was that my long suffering boyfriend and skipper asked me to marry him and I said yes. There can’t be many places more special than South Georgia and now it is even more special to me and we have yet another excuse to come back here one day.

Last night we were invited to the King Edward Point base for drinks and to watch the end of a darts match that was taking place between KEP and one of the Antarctic bases. The evening quickly descended into dancing and we staggered home happily at 3 am. Today has been spent with happy hangovers and in preparing food for the 10 day voyage ahead. We are expecting bumpy seas for at least the first few days and so we’ve tried to make up a few of the meals in advance. James flew his kite, I made pizza, Bill had a look at some old duplex steam pumps and patterns, a few of us went up to the lake above Grytviken and swam in the freezing cold water (Rachel came out blue). More post cards have been written and we paid our bar bill at the base.

I think everyone will be sad to leave here where we have spent a very exciting 10 days that feels like much longer.

Clare Xoxo

Happy Birthday to Lesley and to Kirsty !

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23 Responses to Last day in South Georgia :(

  1. Paula says:

    That is so romantic and wonderful news! Congratulations and very best wishes to you both. Gosh the return party is going to be some bash.

  2. Emma Layfield says:

    Woohoo! Congratulations to you both! Xx

  3. Jim Boyce says:

    CONGRATULATIONS, not sure how James feels coming second to a penguin nibbling you but hey ho. Over the moon for both of you, does this mean we can now finish off James’s vintage malt.
    Oops too Late. Take care and best wishes, see you both in Spain, and looking forward to the arrival part already.
    Lots of love mum and Dad xx

  4. Susannah says:

    Yay congratulations!

  5. Zoe Auckland says:

    Woo hoo! Massively chuffed for you both. AMAZING news and good venue choice James. I will be drinking some gin to celebrate in your absence. Can’t wait to celebrate with you in May. Zoe xx

  6. suzanne boyce says:

    Lovely news. Congratulations james and clare. Love suzanne, jonny and liam xxx

  7. Colin and Jenny says:

    Congratulations!! Amazing news!

  8. Claire togs says:

    Congratulations!!! You must be very excited about the penguin thing 😉 no seriously, you are a wonderful couple, sooo happy for you guys!! Xx

  9. Margaret Scott says:

    Congratulations James and Clare, so happy for you both. You are a lovely couple and made for each other. See you when you get home for the celebrations. Lots of love from all of us xxx

  10. Jill Baker says:

    Congratulations, delighted for you both. We love following the blog. Jill and Tim Baker .Alastair’s Mum and Dad.

  11. Nic Crawford says:

    Congratulations! See you when you get back 🙂

  12. Stephen Kitching says:

    Congratulations to Clare and James. An excellent partnership and a superb reward for all the effort you have both put in to this trip. A great journey for you both – past and future.
    From Hilda, Stephen and Andrew.

  13. Barbara M Owen. says:

    I’ve not met either of you, James and Clare, but feel I know you after all the wonderful blogs. Our warm congratulations to you both and good wishes to all on board. Sarah’s Great-aunt Barbara and husband Derek.

  14. john boyce says:

    congratulations to both off you well done all the best
    john &Sandra xxxxx

  15. Jane Theakston says:

    Many congratulations Clare and James and love and good wishes to you both for the future! A proposal on South Georgia is going to win the prize for the most original places for popping the question. Well done James.
    Does the fact that you are now leaving S. Georgia mean that Elinca will be in Montevideo ahead of the expected date? I am wondering if John is going to be home earlier than March 12th?

  16. Andrea says:

    Congratulations! So pleased and happy for you both, what an amazing place to pop the question 🙂 well done James! Can’t wait to see you both in Falmouth, we’ll have an awesome party!! Andrea xxx

  17. peter flutter says:

    Couldn’t be a better start to a cruising life together. Many congratulations . Peter and Sue

  18. Laura Vaisey says:

    Congratulations!! So exciting! xx

  19. Harry says:

    Congratulations Clare and James. I am so pleased for you both. Great news.

  20. Jenn says:

    Can’t believe we were only predicting who was going to be next this weekend! Super excited, big congrats!!!

  21. Heather Seddon says:

    Congratulations to you both & best wishes & good luck for the future.

  22. Pete & Adele Lamb (Jenn's folks) says:

    Big congratulations to James and Clare you make my proposal on a river cruise in York seem like
    small potatoes. South Georgia sounds beautiful and what a beautiful way to remember it forever. Nice one guys and best wishes for the rest of the journey and a long and happy future.

  23. Ali Lennox says:

    Fantastic news – many many congratulations indeed! I love it Clare how you laughed at me for hiding it in the middle of an email to you: you did the exact same – I nearly missed it in your blog post!!! Enjoy and cant wait to see you both. x

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