This week at Davis: 2 August 2019

Time for the online shopping to start

Stand and be counted

Here at Davis it’s that time of year when the sun is rising again and lighting the way for the inevitable station stocktake and reorders so the 2020 team have all they need in the way of food, drink and the plethora of essentials required to keep the station maintained, lights and heaters on…, water running, machinery humming and expeditioners all healthy and well for the busy summer ahead.

Waiting patiently, team sections back in Kingston are itching to go on their respective shopping sprees while the AAD shipping and supply crew brace for the downpour of e-cons (delivery dockets) that will inevitably follow.

With snow building up around station, there are also a few obstacles thrown in for us to dig and scrape out of the way while we inspect the contents of the various external containers and buildings to see what’s needed on the voyage one wish list.

Doctor, station leader, field training/station supply officer, senior comms tech, electrical engineer, chef, trades team (plumbers, carpenter, electricians, boilermaker, diesos) and the Bureau of Meteorology trio are all running the numbers.

A number of secondary roles also get the call up…clothing store (Glenn) to make sure there's a good range of kit available, and the brewmaster (Paul), because the secret to a great brew is keeping it fresh. 

Each section on station has responsibility to complete their stocktaking and everyone is working diligently, helping each other out at every opportunity - counting and recording what has been used and what will be needed to make 2019/20 a safe and enjoyable summer/winter experience. 

Graeme Freeman (aka MacGyver - BSS/DSL/Occasional Carpenter)

Davis Station signpost
Three more months and the Aurora Australis is parked out there!
(Photo: Graeme F)
Davis Station container storage
All good to go.
(Photo: Graeme F)
Davis Station storage containers blocked by snow
Snow build-up blocking access to some containers
(Photo: Graeme F)
Building Trades Supervisor Antarctic Division
Building Trades Supervisor, Chris, waiting patiently (?)
(Photo: Chris W)
Davis Station Green Store
Glenn, Nick and Simon stocktaking food supplies in the Green Store
(Photo: Graeme F)
Davis Station sunshine on plant equipment
Sun shining again
(Photo: Graeme F)
Davis Station Brewmaster
Brewmaster Paul's premium theory - "Fresh is best!"
(Photo: Graeme F)
Davis Station boilermaker stocktaking
Kieran counting the welding rods. Can't be too careful.
(Photo: Graeme F)
Davis Station Comms Tech stocktaking
Matt sorting through the comms stock.
(Photo: Graeme F)
Davis Station Doctor stocktaking
Dr Meg in the lab counting "Doctor Stuff"
(Photo: Graeme F)
Davis Station stocktaking
Oh dear! SO many bits and bobs.
(Photo: Graeme F)
Davis Station Brewmaster stocktaking
Paul busy entering the numbers...sort of.
(Photo: Graeme F)
Davis Station Leader stocktaking
SL Simon...rarely stationary
(Photo: Graeme F)
Davis Station groomers
Station machinery patiently waiting for some dieso TLC and summer lovin'
(Photo: Graeme F)