Last night we decided to overnight outdoors on the rock. Finally only Aura and Raija were brave enough to do that. Nevertheless, also the rest of us set our alarmclocks for 3 am and got up to see the most beautiful sunrise.
It was worthwile to wake up early
Today was the last day of work at the reef for our carpenter. His opinion is that the windows really were in bad condition and it was the last moment to repair them. Hopefully the new ones will last at least another 50 years. It means that they need regular maintenance. Our carpenter's last comment was that this week has definitely been totally different when compared to an ordinary week on land.
Other repair work besides windows also takes place here
The sunny and warm weather brought masses of visitors. We had visitors from Åland, Sweden and Finland. One group had a lovely tiny dog called Princess Märtha Louise.
Quite a few visitors seem to have an earlier connection to Märket. Yesterday one of the ladies told us that her father had been working at the lighthouse and today two visitors -father and son - told that they are related to the same lady and therefore also related to the same lighthouse keeper! (You should hear the conversation we’ve been having about the family connections between these people...). The father of the lady had been painting the lighthouse in the 1980's, too.
Loads of visitors rushed in today...
...in groups of various sizes.
The hot weather brought also the algae. Most of the western and northern sides of the reef but the southern and eastern sides are still clear. We were lucky to still have our afternoon swim!
Goodnight from the reef!