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the average weather conditions for the past 30 years that was put up on our notice board today – Oct 20th to 24th the birds are noticed in large numbers migrating to warmer climates. (I happened to see some going last evening) Quails – woodcocks – stockdoves & quantities of small birds. End of October – Strong North gales, cold weather is expected. Much the same in November – fine cold & dry. December brings heavy South West gales & at Xmas the weather varies. Sometimes its calm & mild real winter weather sets in (As the Natives say the old New Year) about the middle of January when its blizzards & snow. The former lasting for 3 to 7 days at a time & the latter for 6 wees to 2 months when it lies on the ground 2 to 4 feet deep. You'll be enjoying ice-cream then & keep us company in something. Huts were being prepared for the Hospital about 2 miles away in a more sheltered spot – we may get there – we may not. Somehow I have an inward feeling that we will not be able to weather it here for various reasons – one is that we are put on half rations for bread & firewood & the latter is only used for cooking pur-poses. Then with the gales predicted I wouldn't be surprised to hear of shipping being suspended. We think of ourselves, but there are the boys just across in the same latitude on the Peninsula who

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