At the moment I am out at Fossil Bluff where I’ve been for the last week, working as weather-girl-come-petrol-pump-attendant. Fossil Bluff is on the east coast of Alexander Island. To our west are scree mountains partially covered with snow, and interspersed with valleys. To our east is the vast flat white of George VI Sound, also known as the Silent Sound, and then about 40km away are the mountains of mainland Antarctica. Fossil Bluff International airport consists of some flags, some fuel drums and a small, dumpy, red fiberglass hut called an apple hut. About a kilometer to the north is Bluebell Cottage, a beautiful wooden hut, set just up off the sound, complete with wooden veranda and pet skua, George.