This week at Casey 28 November 2008
Richard served another delightful Saturday night dinner but after a quick bite, the 4 pilots, Tom, Tod and Luc departed for the Skiway and by 9.30pm, VHB Gadget soared into the sky and headed for Davis, arriving safely about 4.5 hours later.
Luc, John and Troy spent another two hours clearing the snow from the apron area whilst Tom continued to produce 30 minute METARS, and Dominic in the Communications Office maintained contact with the plane. METARS and communication was also maintained at the Davis end.
A heavy snow fall early in the week continued to make life difficult at Wilkins. The adelie penguins left distinct marks in the snow and quad drivers had difficulty with bogged vehicles.
After operating and occupying Wilkins continuously since 18th October, we left the camp unattended from Friday night until Tuesday. On our return the generator van was purring and all was in order. The camp is now permanently manned until changeover of crews next week.
We have received some complaints that our Casey News rarely features our Store man. In order to keep everyone happy we dragged Leighton out of the Store on Tuesday and got him to Shirley Island together with our professional cameraman and Craig.
The silver lining of being "stranded" at Casey is that we have been able to better enjoy the wildlife in November. The snow petrels that only last week were chattering away, mating and taking synchronized flights, have departed on a short honeymoon before returning to lay their eggs. The Wilson's storm-petrels are flitting around everywhere. The adelie penguins are on the eggs and the skuas are raiding the colonies. The elephant seals are returning to Peterson Island to moult.
A couple of News segments back we reported on the Sioux bottle capper and asked if anyone knew when it had arrived at Wilkes/Casey. The following 2 replies confirm that the bottle capper arrived at Wilkes in 1966.
I don't recall the bottle capper being at Wilkes in 1965. We used a hammer and hand-held capper that year for our home brew. Scruffy S.
This was in use at Wilkes in '66 when a dozen dozen were made by the brewing "board" at least monthly. A few bottles were placed on the bar nightly and if the mood was to "kick on" an IBM (instant board meeting) was held and more bottles were produced from the brewery, in one of the Jamesways, to keep the party swinging. Noel B.
Two final photos. The first one shows an old medical sign on a piece of weathered wood, which I look at every month when weighing in. The last photo shows a photo of a 212 pilot in a space ship.
Until next week, best wishes from all at Casey.