This week at Davis: 19 May 2017

This week at Davis we celebrated a couple of birthdays and experienced a blizzard.

The week that was

Patient X and the popcorn incident:

Lay surgical scout nurse, Rhys, assisted our resident 'dentist' this week during a dental procedure after 'Patient X' had a run-in with (un)popcorn. See the photo of 'Patient X' showing his trust in our 'dentists' handy work.

The unsolved puzzle:

After the good fortune of having two birthdays this past week, a Rubik’s cube gathering was held on Saturday evening.

Dress code: dress as a given colour.

Aim: end up as another colour.

Needless to say, what started off as a nicely solved Rubik’s, ended up shambolic cacophony of colours. Once again, Happy Birthday Bryce and Millsy!

Lötter (Electronics Engineer)

Patient X with a bag of popcorn after his dental work.
Patient X post dental work.
(Photo: Lotter Kock)
A mural of selfies from Tony with others at the Rubik's Cube party on the weekend.
Tony (king of the selfie) and team at the Rubik's Cube party.
(Photo: Tony D'Amico)

Chief Fitzy

Hi there

Being part of 'Team Plumb' here at Davis I am continually asked the hard probing questions, so I have decided to take one for the team and answer all those difficult Antarctic questions.

Question: What is the collective noun for a group of electricians?

Answer: A SHOCK of sparkies.

Question: What is the collective noun for a group of carpenters?

Answer: A packet of chippies.

Question: What is the collective noun for a group of diesel mechanics?

Answer: A clutch of dieso’s.

And to answer the most probing Antarctic question of them all?

What is the collective noun for a group of plumbers?

Answer: A Handsome of Plumbers

So there you have it all those probing Antarctic questions answered!


Fitzy (Part of team Plumb Davis)

Our three electricians are sitting on the couch: Sharky, Barry B2 and Bryce. Collectively referred to as a
A SHOCK of sparkies: Sharky, Barry B2 and Bryce.
(Photo: Craig Fitzmaurice)
Our carpenter, Rhys, is holding a packet of chips. Fitzy is suggesting the collective noun for carpenters is a
A PACKET of chippies: our carpenter, Rhys.
(Photo: Craig Fitzmaurice)
Our three plumbers: Tony, Fitzy and Shoey are dressed for the Rubick's cube party. The proposed collective noun is a
The HANDSOME of plumbers: Tony, Fitzy and Shoey.
(Photo: Craig Fitzmaurice)

Monday morning weather

Last weekend we had our first big snow, shortly afterwards we had our first big blow. The blow lasted for some time, right through until late Monday night. Blow and snow in Antarctica is described as a blizzard.

I am quite often reminded that I am the youngest member on this team, but in my short working career I have done quite a bit. Prior to my time down south, I was working in the Kimberley, before that I was on Lord Howe Island and before that I was in Tasmania, mostly working in a field service role.

In the Kimberley I’ve driven to jobs in flooding wet season rain, on Lord Howe Island I’ve ridden a push bike across a tropical paradise to get to work and in Tassie… well in Tassie, there aren’t many roads I haven’t been on, at nearly every hour of the day and in some of Tasmania’s most ridiculous weather.

But, (and this is a big but) when I woke up on Monday morning, to 55+ knot winds and visibility down to 20 metres or so, it made for an entirely new experience. One that near ‘blew’ my mind. This getting to work was a whole new ball game. Firstly I radioed in the workshop to let them know I was on my way, put on my three layers, strapped on my goggles and opened the door. Next I forced my way down the stairs and located the blizz line to the workshop. The next five minutes was a blur, after trudging at a 45 degree angle in limited visibility, I practically fell through the workshop door with a beard full of snow, puffing like a steam train and with a massive smile on my dial.

I won’t be forgetting that Monday morning trip to work any time soon.

Jock (Mechanic)

Some of the stairs handrail is seen but the rest is under thick snow.
A blanket of snow covers the bridge over.
(Photo: Jock Hamilton)
The green utilities building is seen in silhouette behind the thick snow blowing down the road.
The snow blowing down Davis' main road.
(Photo: Jock Hamilton)
Jock arrives at the workshop office, covered in snow and ice.
Jock arrives at the workshop.
(Photo: Jock Hamilton)
A close up of Jock's beard covered in ice and snow.
The reason why men grow beards in Antarctica - to protect their…
(Photo: Jock Hamilton)

Photos from the blizzard

Over the weekend Davis station had some blizzard conditions with winds reaching 55 – 60 knots and heavy snow, here’s some of the pictures of the after–effect of those weather conditions.

Richard (Mechanic) 

A shot of the door into the Living Quarters building, covered in snow and dark.
The living quarters entrance after the blow.
(Photo: Richard Coleman)
The bulldozer partially buried in snow.
Machinery partially buried in snow.
(Photo: Richard Coleman)
The snow peeling away from the shipping container.
The snow peeling away from the shipping container.
(Photo: Richard Coleman)
Marc and Jock leaning on the wall of snow, exposed after the workshop door was raised.
Marc and Jock leaning on the wall of snow, exposed after the…
(Photo: Richard Coleman)
Layers of snow peel off the workshop door once it heats up again.
Strange effect of heat and re-freezing.
(Photo: Richard Coleman)
An abstract art shot of snow layered with sand, giving it pink and brown layers.
Layers of sand and snow.
(Photo: Richard Coleman)
The green Living Quarters building with a dune of snow in front of it as a result of the blizzard.
The living quarters building after the blow.
(Photo: Barry Becker)
A blizz tail near the Operations Building which looks like frozen surf.
The blizz tails of snow look like frozen waves.
(Photo: Barry Becker)
A mass of snow that has been deposited behind the Sleeping Medical Quarters.
Snow accumulation behind the sleeping and medical quarters.
(Photo: Barry Becker)
The fuel tanks have a blanket of snow on them.
Snow accumulation at the fuel farm.
(Photo: Barry Becker)
A big dump of snow now lies in front of the yellow science building.
The dump of snow near the science building.
(Photo: Barry Becker)
A tongue of snow extends towards the door of the Power House.
Tongues of snow invade the station.
(Photo: Barry Becker)
Shipping containers with a thick layer of snow.
Shipping containers with a thick layer of snow.
(Photo: Barry Becker)
A wind scour around the shipping containers.
A wind scour around the shipping containers.
(Photo: Barry Becker)
The bulldozers and other plant equipment also covered in snow.
The plant equipment also got a dusting.
(Photo: Barry Becker)
Snow engulfed Site Services pipework.
Snow engulfed site services pipework.
(Photo: Barry Becker)