Beautiful, sunny morning greeted Märket -a perfect day for visitors! Also the seals had noticed a good fishing weather and left their cliff. There was a moment when hundreds of them swam towards the lighthouse. The whole day their small black heads popped up and down all around the island.
After the breakfast we had a phone call from a sailing boat heading from Singö to Märket. We jumped of joy! Visitors!
We started preparing and doing sunny weather tasks.
The outdoor kitchen was cleaned and organised as well as the water boiler.
Märket-t-shirts were took out and aired. The shop/post office was moved back to the old kitchen and well organised.
Some of us were on the watch up in the tower but all we saw were freight ships and seals. Then we saw a sail approaching the island but disappoitingly it passed by despite of our serious efforts .
Back to work. Our first visitors finally arrived around 1pm. Antti piloted their ship Piorita outside the harbour and rowed them to shore. Pio and Markku landed with a big smile on their face.
Entering Märket was a dream come true especially for Markku who had always dreamt of being a lighthouse guard.
We gave them a lighthouse tour and served coffee out. Then the captain Markku realised that he had forgotten the brandy. He went back to the boat to fetch it - he never drinks coffee brutal. When he came back we cheered to our first guests.
Before departure they signed our guestbook and stamped it with their boat's own stamp.
They left very satisfied and even sent a SMS afterwards with overwhelmed greetings.
We had the summer soup on the rocks for lunch. Most of the day was sunny. Towards the evening the wind turned south, maybe bringring us more summer weather for tomorrow.