The beautiful handiwork of the terribly clever folk at Davis.

Last minute challenges

As the summer season quickly comes to a close there is a mood of urgency on station to get those last minute things done. For some it is that recreational walk to one of the Vestfold Huts, for others simply to get that puzzle finished. This year, one expeditioner received for Christmas a rather large puzzle which he donated to station and left it in “pieces” on a table in the mess. Nearly everyone on station had a go at it but Danny made up his mind that he was going to complete it, and after many hours finally completed the puzzle, except for one piece which he left for some-one else to do.

The final of the Davis darts competition had to be played and a very hotly-contested game it was with the two finalists, Tim and Scott, requiring the best of three games to determine the winner. The Davis darts perpetual trophy is known as the Perry Anderson Trophy named after last year’s winner who tragically lost his life in 2013. This year’s winner was Tim, who held a slight advantage as he stayed on from last winter and managed to get a lot of practise in.

Another well-deserved trophy went to Misty and her team of Air Ground Support Officers (AGSO) for being runners up to a team of plant operators in the “unofficial” drum crushing competition. There is no shame in being second and Misty’s team managed to crush 160 drums in one day compared to the plant operators who did 163.

The station beach volleyball competition was also played this week but it was unknown who the winner actually was as there was a bit of swindling with the scores, so an honourable draw was the best outcome. Really, everyone was a winner; who else can have bragging rights to playing beach volleyball in sub-zero temperatures on one of the very few beaches in Antarctica!

Davis art & craft

Our resident cartoonist Nick who this year has supplied us with many of his outstanding cartoons is a lover of all fine art. He then took on the role of curator and arranged for the Davis Art and Craft Show. Davis this year has many talented and creative expeditioners and many took up Nick’s challenge and worked feverishly in the workshops, hobby huts or in their rooms to create a myriad of wonderful  art and crafts. The evening was a gala affair with many expeditioners dressing up in their finest and then being treated to champagne and canapés before the much heralded show was opened by Nick. My apologies to all the artists whose work I didn’t feature this week.

Nick’s weekly cartoon

This week Nick has supplied us with another wonderful example of his talents. It is not a cryptic cartoon but might as well be. Can you tell what it means?