Greetings Sitrep Subscribers,
Dear readers, I could be struggling for material here today. For a second straight day, we’ve been virtually hut-bound because of 100kmph roaring winds.
Honestly, it’s relentless, except for when we get the brief lulls. Just like turning on a tap or flicking off a light switch, a 100kmph wind has the ability to stop dead. Funnily, you’d think you’d always be aware of the howling gale, but it’s when it stops suddenly and completely that makes you stop dead in your tracks. It’s very eerie. Literally, like the calm before the storm.
So another day of mild frustration and semi-boredom stuck in the Sorensen Hut trying to occupy oneself without getting in each others’ way or losing the plot altogether.
Mrs Mop here spent most of the morning cleaning, baking bread and making pizzas but Marty and Chris also indulged in a little matronly activity, namely sewing (sewing sponsor labels on our jackets, though I stopped short of asking if they’d darn some of my socks, partly because that would just be cruel given current hygiene practices – and besides, I’m wearing three pairs so a small hole in toe doesn’t matter much – and partly because they’d probably take me outside and beat me up, regardless of the sub-zero temps. Remember? Psycho? Deliverance? Chainsaws? Remoteness? Oh, c’mon keep up!)
To wit, today’s achievements amounted to aforementioned household chores, though for a short 48-minute hour late this afternoon, the wind did it’s eerie-stop-in-an-instant thing and in doing so, lulled us into a false sense of belief that it had ACTUALLY STOPPED.
So the team buzzed over to Doug’s on the quads, with the exception of Ian who walked across via where Magnetograph House and Absolute Magnetic Hut are located (somewhere beneath one’s feet buried in 12 trillion cubic metres of ice and snow). The lads got as far as unpacking their tools and gear before the wind came a-roarin’ down off the plateau. That was the end of that idea. So back they came, trudging home to the Sorensen. The same weather is forecast to continue until tomorrow (Thursday) evening, but we’ve also been advised that a rather big area of low pressure is due for a visit, so quite how long it is until we can get back to Mawson’s Hut to do some decent work is anyone’s guess.
The weather is here – wish you were beautiful.
Kool and the Gang
(all words and pix Copyright 2011)