Gale force winds and rain continuing all day. Seal count only for cows and pups. One cow and pup missing leaving only 2 pups at Western Rookery. 33 cows now ashore only on beach. Beach master settled in at Western Harem where there is 18 cows and 2 pups. Painted two rooms with finishing coat. Louie put on selection of nice cakes, picture night but I retired after first feeling a bit tired, have only had a few days off all year and some of the gripes I’m hearing are giving me the pips, the experienced ones should know better and they are the main stirrers, the reason, naturally I’m lost for one but I feel it’s for letting XXXX get away with his big act. Naturally those doing the most griping are those who are doing little to help. I wonder who wrote, “Weary is the head that wears the crown”.
Small leopard seal (A94) on landing beach this morning. Ellie females — East (2), West (23). Observed a bull chase 2 females off into the water. Recorded 2 pregnant females in the tussocks watched by a small male. No pups. Recorded female 2303 in West Razorback harem, tagged on this day 4 years ago as a pup. Along feather beds from Bauer Bay to station reports of gentoos on eggs, pregnant ellies on Bauer Bay, Douglas Bay and Half Moon Bay. 4 plovers just north of the Nuggets. Bob Orchard cooked apricot chicken tonight. The movie shown in Market Square projected onto a screen where the store door is. We watched some old classic cartoons from the 1930’s and “Gigi” starring Leslie Caron and Louis Jourdan. It started raining and we adjourned to the mess. A beautiful fine day, with the BBQ and drive in movies as a highlight.
Intermitted snow and hail squalls — wind from WSW. ‘Aurora Australis’ ETA now 0800 Saturday 13th Sept. Station duties done. Final clean up of SAD, paths and walkways swept spring clean of Science, sauna and ham shack cleaned as well as routine ‘Saturday duties’. Extra tables and chairs set up in the mess for the masses. Meeting after dinner re V1 and for me to say ‘thank you’ to winterers for co-operation and tolerance during the year.
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