It is strange how quickly the time runs here. The days become shorter and shorter. In the morning we wake up, drink coffee and start to work outside at 9 o'clock. We have short pauses for meals and suddenly it is evening and the sun sets. (Today the sunset is good one!) Also the number of days left is smaller and smaller. It is not very many days ago we came here and now there are only three working days left. Our friends wonder whether we are bored here. But that's is not the case.
Our friends also asked how we were accepted here. Raimo has "applied" twice until he succeeded and for Ari the chance came without any effort. At the summer there is - of course - more demand. Then more people can offer one whole week of their holidays to the lighthouse.
As we heard at the beginning of the restauration work, four years ago, it was hard to get enough voluntary workers. Now the word about the project and the camps has spread. During the hot season there is almost more people wanting to participate than there is 'vacancies'. The lighthouse can accommodate only about 10 persons at the time.
Access to this labour camp is still possible for anyone willing and capable. If you are interested you must contact the Lighthouse Society already in the winter. If you speak Finnish or Swedish you should join the Society! Then you get in your email information about the coming camps as well as all the other activities of the Society.
In the autumn and spring there is less volutaries. They are however not the best seasons for first-timers. Living in the lighthouse and the restauration work is not simple. It helps if at least one of the crew has earlier experience. It is true that neither of us has been here earlier, but we are exceptional men - in many ways.
Ari and Raimo