A quiet week with the winter team settling into life alone on the ice.
We've had a bit of a rest and reset with a couple of late starts, but then an intense ‘spring’ (or is that winter?) clean to get the station spic and span and reduced in size to support just 26 instead of the large summer numbers. West wing and east wing rooms all closed up; excess linen, crockery and cutlery all packed away until next summer; a good scrub of the mess and kitchen inside and out; and then the mess was reset to a big ‘family’ table instead of the rows and rows to support 100+ at a sitting.
The Restaurant at the End of the World opened its doors for the first sitting of the season on Saturday. An acclaimed food reviewer and blogger was lucky enough to secure a reservation and will be publishing a full review in next weeks Station News. Suffice to say, a delicious meal was presented by Dom and enjoyed very much by all. The evening was topped off by clear skies allowing for some spectacular aurora viewing and despite the cold temperatures of −20°C, with wind chill −29°C, intrepid photographers persisted and some great shots resulted.
The refurbishment of the Red Shed (living quarters) has continued at a great pace. We are now living amongst renovations. However, we have made spaces where we can still get away from the renos and it’s fantastic to see the progress as we return from work and see what changes have been made in just a day. The big effort of the week has been the ‘dock-doors', with a hole cut into the outer-shell of the red shed and then the end of a shipping container inserted to create the doors; an ingenious solution providing easy access for getting project items into and out of the building. Great work from such a small team.
Otherwise, we continue on with life on station, establishing work and social routines to take us through the next 7.5 months, winterising vehicles and buildings, training those last arrivals on station, and looking forward to what winter will bring.
By Rebecca, Station Leader.