Extracts from Station Logs
Middleton confined to bed with upset stomach. Everybody else participated in some way or another either working shifts or other duties dishes etc to allow others to attend, indeed a fine cooperative week, Hague had fires burning at 7am, Walkem continued service to Rushton overhaul but helped with dishes as before indeed fine businesses to aid tired and weary men and appreciated. The active members were Lodwick, Taylor, Allan, Stair, Atkinson and Dart (both night duty) Barratt, King, Gadd, Purchase, Peterson and OIC… “Ding” to celebrate Roger’s birthday nice evening meal and suitable birthday cake decorated by Hague to celebrate the occasion, “Ding” followed meal, consisting of games, met section worked Petersons shift to allow him to “enjoy” himself. Indeed a very hard working week… Very late to bed!
People listening to ‘The Cup’, Lee won the sweep. Terry put on beaut dinner with choice of duckling also chocolate mousse. A good selection of drinks too…despite a meal to linger over and being waited upon most people still gobble like an animal and jump up before some have barely started. Just occasionally people will sit over a meal and I was surprised they didn’t tonight. Replayed the race and handed out the prizes. Oh well! Only Peter and I dressed up at all. Feel worry for Terry a bit after he does such a lot — almost like pearls before swine.
Light snow showers in the morning were succeeded by a heavier fall in the late afternoon, delighting the newcomers, but the freezing conditions stopped our water supply again. With so many people here, water is being used at a high rate so water restrictions are on already — no washing machines, flushing only brown toilets and one short shower per day.
The station is settling down after Voyage 1. Georg’s birthday was celebrated in style in the evening — presents, card, cake etc, culminating in the abrupt deflation of a met balloon blown up in his donga in SAD. Unfortunately that resulted in a cloud of talcum powder which set off the fire alarms so we had an impromptu fire drill in the snow at 0045!