Australia Day celebrations
There are few days that are celebrated like Australia Day at Davis. This day - like no other - signifies home, family and friends. Davis goes to a lot of effort to make expeditioners feel like being at home and then adds some of its own Australian traditions like the summer swim.
None of these Davis Australia Day festivities would be possible without the huge preparation that goes into making it all work. The Davis band 'Blue Slots' who absolutely mesmerized the crowd with their music on the Saturday night, had practised for weeks. They were fantastic.
It is simple to have a game of cricket in Australia but a bit more difficult here at Davis. With a bit of ingenuity and creativity the stands were built, the cricket pitch laid and the oval rolled.
The Australia Day swim was also a bit unusual this year as overnight with the cold temperatures, the sea had refrozen and there was at least a half inch of grease ice on the surface. This meant sending in the 'life guard' to crack the ice prior to the swimmer taking to the water. It just added to the excitement.
Although it was cold, we had brilliant sunshine and what better way to finish off Australia day than a spit roast and a few beers while sitting outside in the sun with your mates. This year Russian expeditioners flew over to help us enjoy our national day. I think I will let the photos tell the story of Australia Day at Davis.