Date: 5 September 2012
Wind Speed: 25 knots
Temp with wind chill: -28C
Now that the short burst of springtime flights bringing fresh staff and supplies to Scott Base is over, we are once again in “isolation” mode. With no more flights due to arrive until October, the sudden influx of fresh fruit and vegetables, worth their weight in gold to most of the winter-over staff who have done without for so many months, has sadly come to an end.
Careful planning ensures that our supply stretches as far as possible, but some of the fresh goods, including milk, will only last for so long. It seems a small thing, but for most of the year, it is powdered milk that staff at Scott Base add to their coffee and tea and use to pour over their cereal, and as any dairy-phile will attest, it is just not quite up to snuff! And so while we have the real stuff, we make the most of it.
Tin of milk powder during conservation © AHT/Jana
|Detail, Trumilk label © AHT/Jana|
Funnily enough, our current glut of fresh milk comes at a time when I am treating (what else!?) historic tins of milk powder. It seems that our enforced use of powdered milk is no different than that of the early explorers, with tins of Trumilk milk powder having been found in both Scott’s and Shackleton’s huts. I am sure the early explorers would relate to our appreciation of fresh dairy, though it’s hard to tell what they would make of our espresso machine!