Day started with foggy and moist wheather, perfect for concrete work, said Ari. Before the dirty work we did have six tourists in the morning, Pekka took the swedish guiding tour and Minna finnish. Some shopping and coffee with buns, tourists were pleased to see this lighthouse and one of them even got so inspirated that she is going to join our society and come back next summer to work for this good cause herself. The others planned to come shooting photos in the winter with us! These tourist were really interested about Märket!
Pekka pointing the anno 1900 water level mark to tourists - some 80-100 cm higher than today.
Breakwater wall had gone into quite bad shape during the years and so we continued the hard work of casting concrete matress on top of the wall. We had swetty times on tuesday with the concrete bags and we thought that there will be enough for the whole wall, but not even close! We used all 49 sacks just today! The wall is suprisingly long and regardless of our effots to fill the holes with small rocks as much as possible it took so much concrete that there will be a good job for some other group too.
Today´s main work: covering the breakwater with cement. Outi (in front) and Katja at work.
Ari had also a small plastering session on magazine wall with our smallest lighthousekeeper Ragnar, four years old. He is endlessly interested about everything that is happening and joins gladly to work. His father naturally guards him. Ragnar did even go swimming to one of the ponds!
This is our last night here but we will come back next season for sure. For the next ten days there will be only one lighthouse keeper, so we decided to help him with cleaning the place and lifting the rubber boat agains the lighthouse wall to protect it from hard winds.
The rubber boat got shifted to shelter from the storm.
Päivi counting today´s incomes from the tourists. Wellcome all millionaires to spend Your money here! Märket needs them!
PS. A short notice from yesterdays ceremonies: With us there was a very speacial man regarding Märkets history. Mr. Pekka Tätilä from the Finnish Landsurvey Authority is the man who put the border in 1981 where it is now! He was the practical guy in the Finnish-Swedish delegation who came here in 1981 to make an suggestion how to devide Märket. And so they did with famous results. Before that point there was no border drawn on Märket, only the center point was marked. So thanks to him and for the whole delegation for the great border that we have here now!
The Man and the border. He did it!
Now it is time to grill some sausages for a goodbye dinner and remember all the great times here. We will be back, and You out somewhere there on dry land, join us!
The "big" season ends now and we leave this place for small crews and radio amateurs, who are still coming here this autumn. The diary will continue, for sure!
Teija opening the lighthouse security gate which was finally taken to active use today. Great work by Mr. J. Ketola!
Outi, Minna, Päivi with Pekka, Tuomas, Ari, Petri, Katja, Teija, Jon and Ragnar