Yes, things certainly do get busier here in the summer months.
First we had the L’Astrolabe arrive as VRO and with it new personnel for the summer. This week, we saw the Spirit of Enderby venture into Buckles Bay and with it a lovely group of people to visit us and experience our little island.
As we had all known for some time, the Spirit's arrival meant that our station population was to diminish a tad. Andy, Matty, Robyn and Adrian’s visit for a week was at an end and they were to return on the ‘Spirit’, but added to this two of our very own wintering expeditioners were to call last drinks for this season at Macca and head home via a short sub-Antarctic cruise back to Dunedin and then onto Hobart. We bid a fond farewell to Rich and Jez as they head home safely, leaving us all with fond memories of the year we’ve had together.
No longer will we be able to enjoy the quiet unassuming nature of Rich, whether his guidance in the field FTO style or e-conning that crate SSO style, his absence of presence on station is noted.
The same goes for Jez, our PhD student who was undertaking his thesis on burrowing petrels. Our Mr Bird studying birds — guffaw! Jez added some good old-fashioned British refinement to our Saturday evening dinners with tales of great deeds and heroic adventures, along with his good-natured presence all year round.
So to both Rich and Jez, safe travels, thanks for the fun times, and we’ll catch you both for a spot of Pimm’s on the flybridge.