With the planes all fledged, base has suddenly become a lot quieter. We are now down to about 40, 18 of whom will be staying through the winter. The remaining people are waiting for the Ernest Shackleton to take them north at the beginning of April. Suddenly this wintering lark seems a lot more real. This is four of us, from left to right, Tom (electronics engineer), Mairi (marine assistant), Tim (sparky) and Adam (comms manager), enjoying a Sunday afternoon boat ride.