This week at Mawson: 25 January 2019

Racing to complete work and launching Casino D'Ice

Home time is coming

So. The big red ship is on the way to Mawson. It brings the next team of winterers so it's time for all of us here to gear up for going home. We're cleaning, packing, eConning and madly finishing all project work. All recreational field travel is over and holidays and reunions are being planned.

The new science container work is finished, the balloon building is operational again (although still all those little jobs to be done), major powerhouse works have been completed and some essential sewer line replacements done.

Seamus has built us new poles and bollards to mark the boatramp and wharf areas (now we can even find them in a snow drift!) and spent some of his own time painting the actual bollards into little 'minions'. That should put a smile on the WCO's faces during resupply. 

We had our official end of season celebration last Saturday night when Keiran and his team transformed our upstairs living area in to "Casino D'Ice", complete with show lounge, VIP room and homemade ipad pokie machines (oh, the resourcefulness of expeditioners!).

There was roulette on the pool table, followed by craps; blackjack going all night; Texas hold'em for the high rollers and a 'magic wheel' that had to close early as it won everyone's money far too quickly. Much fun was had by all: it's a much less stressful experience when you're not using real money! Once the casino closed, it was time for the karaoke to begin and for new talents (or some we've been subjected to before) to be revealed. A fitting ending to our Mawson season!

The weather looks good for us to celebrate Australia Day on Sunday, complete with the annual inter-station KBA 10km challenge and the traditional swim. Yes! About half the harbour is open water so swimming can happen, and hopefully that means the big red ship will get to us as planned...

People in a games room
The wallows transformed in to Casino D'Ice
(Photo: E.Rodewald)
3 poeple play on 'pokie' machines
Cleverly homemade pokie machines
(Photo: Lincoln Mainsbridge)
People playing roulette
Dealer Amy ran a popular roulette table
(Photo: Lincoln Mainsbridge)
A group of people play blackjack
Kiwi kept a close eye on everyone at the Blackjack table
(Photo: E.Rodewald)
A group of people play poker
High rollers room (aka Library) was where the poker game was
(Photo: Lincoln Mainsbridge)
A cake and poster of people
Donna, of course, produced another spcial cake for the event
(Photo: E.Rodewald)
2 people getting into karaoke
Then the casino closed and it was time for karaoke
(Photo: Lincoln Mainsbridge)
New wharf bollards
Our new wharf bollards have been installed, along with special paint job.
(Photo: Lincoln Mainsbridge)