11 January 1948
The Base E Journal
This morning we started work on the coal pile, or rather, recover most of the coal. We also made desultory attempts to free some more sacks from yesterdays work. Thomson has been industriously painting himself, the bathroom and the dinghy. The sea ice near the tide crack in front of the house has broken up into pans and is now floating round in a little pond of open water. The rest of the sea ice, up to a line from Millerand to Red Rock Ridge, is still solid although it is rotting fast. Beyond, there seems to be tight pack and bergs for as far as the eye can see from 4000 ft. on a clear day. We have decided to have a free day tomorrow, purely because we haven’t had one for a long time.
#StoningtonDiaries Photo of Thomson 1948 has been reproduced courtesy of the British Antarctic Survey Archives Service ©Crown