So the morning arrived with winds from the West, which made the lighthouse keepers a little unsure whether the new crew could arrive or not.
But we did and managed even to come ashore after a nice prove of seamanship from our captain Bengt.
The trip over from Eckerö was certainly a jumpy one, but we all enjoyed it anyway. What a boat, that Felicia! With us we had five visitors, Anna from Lemland, Mathias from Eckerö, Anni and Juha from Vehmaa and Wolfgang from Germany.
They all took a tour around Märket with Maija, while Anna Emilia and Sari explained us newcomers everything we need to know about the gear, the Märket-shop and the rowing boat.
Unfortunately, we were all so busy with the change of crew that we completely forgot to take a picture of our visitors and even the old crew leaving. Shame on us!
We can only assure all you readers that this miss could happen only because we were, and are so stunned of the beauty and peace of this place!
Stunning yellow fields of Märketl
After waving goodbye to Felicia, we started our work with cleaning and fixing the fridge, handy ladies that we are! We even made a tour to the cellar and then enjoyed a lovely meal of potatoes, herring and black bread of Åland while Brando, the lighthouse dog, was fishing in one of the many lagoons on the island.
Brando is showing how a person - or a dog - survives on a deserted island.
The wind has calmed down now, and it seems that we will be able to enjoy a very beautiful evening and just breath in this place.
Pirjo is learning the basics of the reef.
While sitting outside the lighthouse, I could swear I heard somebody singing - even Pirjo heard a mans voice later. Is it the spirit of the old lighthouse workers that we heard humming psalms, or maybe sirens on the seal reef or just the wind blowing on the North wall?
Minna-Lotta and Märket over and out