–from Tryggve Gran’s account “The Norwegian with Scott”–
“21 July. For the summer sledge journey we’re trying something new in the way of provisions–an onion a day for each member. I think this is a good idea, not only as a prophylactic against scurvy but also as a food-stuff. At any rate the men will get the impression that they’re not just on a slimming course. At the moment the whole hut smells of onions.
“The past few weeks the temperature has been quite mild, but today the thermometer fell to th [minus] forties. Crean had his 35th [in fact 36th] birthday today.”
[This was Tom Crean’s fourth birthday spent in the depths of the Antarctic winter, all of them within ten years.]