Yesterday evening we four off going lighthouse guards had a farewell party. We set up a small fire between some rocks and roasted marshmallows. Very delicious.
Then, as the night settled over the reef, we moved to the kitchen and cooked some tea. Stayed up late and talked about the meaning of little bit everything.
The moon rose pink orange, a bright round wonder between the clouds. Saw the frog of the reef and watched two huge spiders fighting on the window sill of the kitchen.
The two Katja have been sleeping in the lighthouse these last few nights; and before going to bed we got up on top of the lighthouse. We could see four neighbouring lighthouses.
Felt like a castle maiden climbing the stairs with candles.
This morning we got up early to prepare both to receive some visitors from a voluntary fire brigade in Hammarland and the newcomers, Viveka and Auvo.
Cooked three termoses full of coffee.
We were all excited to have almost 20 new people on the reef. How about speaking Swedish!?
The visitors came with two fast boats and landed without any difficulty on the Northern side of the reef.
We answered guestions fluently enough in Swedish and sold lots of caps, shirts and post cards. Nicely done, brigaders!
Tiina and JP went with the boats; we hugged each other warmly and sweared to write each other letters every week... Such nice new friends! Did as they do in melodramatic films and waved a hankerchief goodbye.
Now I am sitting in shelter of the wind rising from South. Katja's and my ride to Eckerö is supposed to come at 4 PM and bring two more new lighthouse keepers and some people from a group called "Most travelled people".
They are people who travel around the globe to collect points from different countries. From Finland, you get three points: Finland, Åland and Märket. Figure that out, Märket is its own country!
Well, was nice to write to you and we will miss Märket.
Will come back!
Katja Kuokkanen over and out. Märket continues.