We did not have a photo of the Mawson summer team so it was decided that after dinner on Christmas Eve was the time to do it. We got ourselves organised on the blizz tail at the back of the living quarters and, in his usual no nonsense manner, Pete had taken half dozen photos of the group before anyone had gotten bored. The final product was available almost instantly and one version featured on Ray’s Christmas dinner menu while another one appears below.
Earlier in the week Julie had advertised ‘carols by candlelight’ with a request for some red wine and someone to accompany her on guitar. Paul D was happy to play guitar and Pete supplied the red. Julie had brought with her from Tasmania the magical Gluhwein mix of herbs and spices, probably purchased in Salamanca Place and with the addition of some extra sugar, cinnamon and other concoctions she produced a very nice mulled wine or ‘Christmas in a glass'.
With Julie and Paul directing we made a reasonable attempt at singing some carols and then others got in on the act by playing bongos and congas, the resulting impromptu band leading to a sing-along and a very enjoyable evening.