A Midwinter’s Celebration at Cape Evans

“At seven o’clock we sat down to an extravagant bill of fare compared with our usual simple diet. . . .seal soup, roast beef with Yorkshire pudding, fried potatoes and Brussels-sprouts. . .a flaming plum pudding and excellent mince-pies. . . .anchovy and cods’ roe. . . .burnt almonds, crystallized fruits, chocolates and toothsome kickshaws. . .  By the end of dinner a very cheerful spirit prevailed, and the room was cleared for Ponting and his lantern, whilst the gramophone gave forth its most lively airs. . . . .In the midst of the revelry Bowers suddenly appeared, followed by some satellites bearing and enormous Christmas Tree whose branches bore flaming candles, gaudy crackers, and little presents for all.     The tree had been made by Bowers of pieces of stick and string with coloured paper to clothe its branches.”

Captain Robert F. Scott, June 22, 1911

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