Yes the town really exists - its in Scotland. We drove an hour and a half just to take this picture :)
Look i found a lifeboat. Ok, I'm slightly obsessed by them atm, but that's because I'm currently writing Sunday's Child where the hero is a lifeboat crewmember.
Yes, its voluntary. And incredibly dangerous as this shows.
This was us this year. C is hiding there somewhere. I can see her feet.
Same lodge. Same table. Just five years ago