Marion Wheatland emailed us:
I have just returned from Hobart and the opening of the Mawson’s Huts replica museum. What a great experience, to be there for the opening and to rub shoulders with more Antarctic people. As you know, my other passion is Antarctica, the first being wool/fibre/spinning and what a joy it is to be able to combine both of these things while doing something historical and important for others.
Without hesitation, Louise Whittaker from Coles supermarket, Sandy Bay saw the value of my project and made a generous donation of 6 broccoli boxes full of crushed ice for me to spin on. I made it last as long as I could from 8:30 am till 1:30 pm. It caused quite a stir – people kept coming up and being surprised that it was real snow instead of replica snow.
Carolyn’s little felted penguin also made an impression, as did the husky fibre I turned into yarn (which will return to the hut as a garment: perhaps a moebius scarf. .
So now I am the only person in the world to spin yarn at Mawson’s Hut in Antarctica and at the replica hut in Hobart. Waiting for me when I returned home was a quick, hand written congratulations from the Governor-General. Wow.