This week at Macca 1st April 1956
I have chosen 1956 as it my birth year and this week’s due date for Icy News is April Fool’s Day.
Station Leader Log, Macquarie Island, Saturday April 1st, 1956.
This week at Macca, April 2020
Start of the month and all scientific staff busy on their monthly records. Harry Price is starting on a programme of renovation of his engine room. He is a marvellous worker. I was cook again today. I find the hard floor of the kitchen and will have to consult Jim Morgan on his return of ways and means of easing the strain. A very quiet day everybody out of sight and no sign of life outside but much work inside working huts.
After the successful re-supply, we now have plenty of food, fuel and toilet paper along with all the materials for building projects, it was time to sort our accommodation. Macquarie Island is presently like a game on Monopoly.
All the utilities can be fully stocked but residents are seeking ‘Free Parking’ for their gear while the procedures for the works to the accommodation buildings are finalised. It is likely each accommodation building will not be able to be occupied during the construction period, in the meantime we are shuffling around like the tokens on a Monopoly board seeking out the best options to bed down for winter.
With everyone settled in their beds for now, all the re-supply stuff sorted and stowed, inductions and famils out of the way, it’s now time to get to work and figure out the important stuff; like how sharp the Macca Darts Team are (looking good and getting better).
Saturday was the inaugural Macca Social Wine Club gathering with fine fare prepared by Chef Arvid, all accompanied with an appropriated beverage. I’ll leave the vinicultural descriptions of the selected wines in our club to one of our more educated expeditioners for a later issue.