This week at Macquarie Island: 28 June 2019

A swim in the Southern Ocean, a hot spa, and a long feast.

Midwinter Merriment at Macca

The weather deities (and a helpful ridge of high pressure above the island) smiled upon the Macca team on Midwinter Day.

We started the day with near perfect weather conditions for a calm, but chilly swim in the Southern Ocean and a soak in the spa, and ended the celebrations with a lovely exchange of handmade gifts and a long feast into the evening.

While the kitchen was the engine-room of the celebration, it was a wonderful team effort that brought it all together.

Each team member made their unique contribution: ironing the table cloths, polishing the silver, peeling the prawns, washing the perpetual stack of dishes in the kitchen, hanging the flags, and carting the delicious brunch to the post office.

Then there were others who used their ingenious talents to transform the bar into a cocktail lounge, or to make the photo booth, or to create the menu and place cards. Such creativity! There were many small touches, like the perfectly folded serviettes, the handpicked table greenery and the specially made home brew… and then the 'piece de resistance', the almost-to-scale albatross candelabra in the centre of the table.

A huge team effort, and a super-talented chef, made for a memorable Midwinter celebration at Macca.

And as the north westerly winds blew back in over Macca, it was a weekend of welcome rest and recovery.

And now…? Bring on the return of the light!

Kat (Station Leader)

Nine people in various fancy dress stand in front of a rock near an elephant seal, a woman stands on the rock with a life ring around her neck
The Macca 2019 swim team prepare to take the plunge
(Photo: Lionel Whitehorn)
Nine people run into the ocean
The mad dash to the west coast
(Photo: Lionel Whitehorn)
nine people step into the calm waters of a bay
Approaching the east coast with a bit more trepidation
(Photo: Lionel Whitehorn)
four women in fancy dress stand in front of a satellite dome
Post swim jubilation for Kat, Kate, Billy and Stella
(Photo: Lionel Whitehorn)
nine people sit in a circle in an outdoor spa bath
Ahhh the warmth of the spa
(Photo: Lionel Whitehorn)
A woman in a black and white dress stands between two men in suits
Shane, Billy and Mark pull on their finest threads for the Midwinter…
(Photo: Lionel Whitehorn)
two women stand in party frocks holding a white photo frame in front of them
Kate and Billy in the photo booth
(Photo: Lionel Whitehorn)
A man in a suit holds a rocket sculpture as three women and a man look on
Mark receives his handmade Midwinter gift
(Photo: Lionel Whitehorn)
A woman is very happy to open a gift as another woman watches her
Kate is delighted with her gifts from Kerryn
(Photo: Lionel Whitehorn)
a man with a beard holds up a red embroidered bag saying Macca Midwinter 2019
Macca Midwinter 2019
(Photo: Lionel Whitehorn)