This week at Davis the snow and blizzard conditions have continued. The blizz tail in front of the living quarters (LQ) is now so high it is like cresting surf. The windows on the second floor are also looking like oceanic art with architectural wave formations now visible through the glass, rather than the view. It seems strange to have the sun back but the windows now blocked out by snow. We are working on clearing these snow dunes, especially as we need to maintain access to our buildings, but it is a mammoth task and some days it is hard to know where to start, especially as they grow with every blizzard.
This week we also started our field hut maintenance program. Sharky, Rhys and Fitzy visited Bandit’s hut to fix the door, check all the electrical, gas and fire fighting equipment, change out bed linen and emergency food rations, and give it a general spring clean. One hut down and about four to go. On their way back to station the team also visited Deep Lake to take some monthly measurements of this hypersaline lake for a long term study.
Other activities this week included playing Macquarie Island station at darts. We won two of three games and had a lot of fun in the process — thanks Macca. Lötter, Daleen and Kirsten visited Hawker Island to service the giant petrel automatic seabird cameras. And we have done a variety of training, including a first aid refresher with a workplace scenario of someone falling from a height with a head wound and potential spinal injuries, and crevasse self–rescue practise in the green store for SAR training.
Kirsten (Station Leader)