Sunshine 14° C, wind at first 9-12 m/s, S/SW. Good visiblility. An additional reason to celebrate the oncoming weekend with a swim to Sweden. And back. All in 22 seconds. I Have to check with Guinness world of Records if my contribution would be accepted.
If not, this is a very special personal record. One of those you tell your grandchildren. I crossed the borderline in the famous Bay of the Outdoor Toilet which I sincerely hope has NOT been used for decades. So if this turns out to be my final report, you all know why and I would strongly recommend a burial at sea.
I now finished off the work outdoors by taking all the rusty things at the old storage inside so that they later can be put on display if so decided. I charged all tool batteries, including the battery to the VHF radio phone and marking them as charged to better cope with the winter.
Future art exhibition on the reef.
Nevertheless, they have to be charged again next spring. The solar cell panel for the mobile phone is still OK and working, but the Nokia 12V-charging cord is out of order and can used only as spare part provider. For the next season, a permanent VHF station together with a non- removable GSM with external antenna, a car battery and solar cell panel kept totally separate from any other electrical supply would be a much more secure solution.
The leak from the diesel tank outlet stopped, but it seems that small amounts still is sipping out underneath the building. No major environmental disaster, but all remains has to be taken out from the inside, sooner or later.
Minor leak still troubling us.
This is a day of a short report, since everything outside is more or less done and the job inside have to wait until the radio-amateurs leave on Sunday. That gives me some time to catch up with my two other duties her on the reef. Photographing and writing my magazine article, a job that has been severly neglected by the important duties of a modern lighthouse keeper.
The reporter at work.
This is Leif Rosas
For the Lighthouse Society
from Märket Reef