We have experienced a noticeable change in the weather this week at Casey. Over the weekend the snow started to fall, and just kept falling. Winds blew in on Sunday, whipping our beautiful snow blanket away and dropping the visibility dramatically, and clearing the road outside the red shed at the same time. The rest of the week has afforded us colder temperatures, mostly clear days, and a top up of snow almost every day.
Last weekend, our mess was transformed into a Chinese restaurant. Ashleigh and a crew of helpers transformed the mess, complete with Chinese lanterns and some very creative use of our bamboo track marker poles, creating a wonderful ambience for our first formal Saturday dinner of the winter. Chef Andrew and his keen slushy Brendan presented us with a culinary extravaganza, topped off by a crowd favourite: deep fried ice cream. A fun night of entertainment in the Wallow ensued, and a faint aurora put on a show outside for those who were keen enough to venture out for a peek.
The Wilkins aviation crew returned to station just in time for the Saturday festivities, having concluded their busy summer works program, and winterisation activities ‘up on the hill’. We are all excited now to have Misty, James and Sealy join us down on station for the winter months.
In other station news we all kept busy with our works programs. We successfully completed our first winter fire muster exercise, and a small team headed out on the Jack’s line to replace and reposition the cane line track markers (retrieved just in time from the Chinese Restaurant).
As I was a late-arriving winter expeditioner, I needed to complete my survival training this week under the supervision of our SAR leader Stu. Whilst the rest of station slept tucked up in the red shed, we had the joy of sleeping out in the brisk −15°C temperatures. The experience was made all the more worthwhile when we awoke to a spectacular aurora overhead, which I enjoyed from my cosy bivvy bag.
Jacque Comery, Station Leader