Today the wind came by. The signs in the sky yesterday, the familiar long thin hooks, announced that a different type of weather was on its way. A rain frontier, yet about 1000 km away.
In the morning, the frontier was clearly visible passing Märket on the Eastern and Southern sides leaving the reef in peace once more, as it had done so many times before. Rain just hates Märket.
But this is the place where the wind lives. In the afternoon, it increased and I decided to try to secure the door to the engine room, a job that turned out to be almost impossible with the tools available, designed for wooden work and due to the condition of the frames.
A face wash for the reef.
Tried out several methods, but there is just to little metal left to fix anything to it. They have to be renoved completely. It is just a matter of time when the next storm will remove the whole door, incuding the frames. So I continued the work inside instead.
In the afternoon, the wind increased to 12 m/s from 65 degrees making it impossible for the announced guests, a group of sponsors to visit the reef. The North side is, of course, out of the question for any landing, but the wind is also pushing the water out from the harbour on the South side, making the whole reef a no access zone for boat people for the time being, but in the same time offering a new angle for pictures of the most visited tourist attraction of the reef.
No, not the lighthouse, but the Most Famous Baltic Sea flushed Toilet shot from almost right below and now being a no-water closet
By the evening, the wind had already got the sea in its grip an pushed the waves far over the reef, giving it a most welcome face wash, the forecast announcing increasing wind speed to 16 m/s by the end of the night.
At the night time.
Your dry lighthouse keeper,