June 19-22, 1912: Getting Ready for the Midwinter Celebration

–from Dr. Edward Atkinson’s account given in “Scott’s Last Expedtion, Vol. I”

“On the 19th preparations were begun for our celebrations of Midwinter Day on June 22.  Debenham was busy making the slides for a lantern lecture.  Gran and Williamson were busy behind a blanket making a Christmas tree.  This consisted of a central bamboo with lateral stems and the whole embedded in a pot of gravel. . . . On June 22 Cherry-Garrard, our editor, presented us with another number of the ‘South Polar Times’, and the remainder of the afternoon was spent as a holiday in reading this, playing bagatelle, or making preparations for a happy evening.”


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