- There are minefields here.
- There are army tanks and equipment just left around from a war.
- Out of town (in camp) the road is only gravel or there are off road tracks.
- The wildlife – turkey vultures, upland geese, kelp gulls, dolphin gulls, petrels, penguins, sea lions, elephant seals and more.
- The cars here are mostly 4x4s – you hardly ever see anything else.
- The primary school here is in 3 places (all very close) – reception in one place, year 5 in another and everyone else altogether.
- From when you are in Year 3 you are allowed to walk home on your own.
- There is no school uniform.
- We get a snack and a drink at school morning and afternoon – fresh fruit, cheese and ham or sausage, dried fruit and rice cakes.
- There are no school lunches and no packed lunches everyone goes home for dinner – school closes at 12 and reopens at 1.30 (we have lunch in mummy’s classroom).
- Children from camp can come into school anytime – sometimes we don’t see them at all, other times they may be in town for 2 weeks and come to school or sometimes they just pop in for half a day – they all have their own peg, drawer and desk still though.
- There are lots of islands here and you can catch little red planes to go between them.
- There are big water tanks on the hill that collect all our drinking water from the peat soil before it is cleaned to come in the pipes.
- Lots of people keep hens, ducks, some geese even sheep in their back gardens here in town.
- There are whalebones in some gardens as decorations.
- The swimming pool here is deep all along, not like at Waterworld.
Typed by mummy but all noted and told to me by the boys – these are the things noted so far!