Having extra people on the island who need baths every night is also putting a strain on our fresh water supply. Regular readers will know that our fresh water supply is rain water collected of the house and shearing shed roofs. This is ample when there is just the 2 of us or even four for short periods of time but having 6 in the house is obviously using substantially more water. Today Tanya decided that she should instruct Jed on toilet flushing. The toilet is a little temperamental, it has a plunger that you pull up to flush and sometimes it does not fall right down to the base again. This means that the toilet will keep letting water run into the bowl. Overnight the supply tank for the toilet had again emptied meaning the water had been running through. Tanya instructed on the art of using the welding rod which fits conveniently into a hole in the top of the cistern to push the plunger in and stop water being wasted. A bit embarrassing really but Tanya didn't mind. I think she would sooner give an embarrassing toilet demo then give up her baths because of a water shortage.
Yesterday when Christopher, Shaun and Tanya went up to Speedwell to get petrol Tanya found a Xmas box and a letter from HMS Clyde. The letter said that they had been ashore on Speedwell. They had left a gift box with playing cards, fridge magnets and bits and pieces. The letter had an e-mail address asking that we contact them when we were back home as they would like to do a visit when we were on the island.