The old crew gathered for breakfast one by one, silently. It was a sunny day, but the day of return. At 9.45 Mr. Humell brought Zephyr to the harbour with five new lighthouse keepers onboard. The normal routines followed: shaking hands, helping the new crew to carry food and other stuff to the lighthouse.
It was time for a quick briefing, then a quick group foto with some 14 people in it (coming later to this page). Then goodbyes. Before the boat disappeared in the horizon, it turned back. Tuomas had forgotten his mobile phone...
Pekka V was the bridge between old and new crew. Nevertheless there where two veterans in the crew: Jake from the beginnings of the project and Pera who was here last Easter. Johanna and Pekka S are new people as well as Eila. That is our crew.
At midday coffee we tested for the first time the water heater that Mr. Humell kindly borrowed us. We changed from burning gas to wind powered water heating. Great. Pekka was completely surprised when he asked who would drink tea: That was everybody! So no coffee for this group, thank You.
Even more surprised Pekka V was when the newcamers asked for a duty list. What? Only after two hours after their arrival they were asking for work! So we started to gather things to do and by the evening the list was really long. Specially Pera saw doings everywhere. That´s why Pekka V asked Pera to come again in autumn.
At the same tea break the crew planned their meals for the week so that the food can be devided even. And gues what: Five out of six wanted to participate in cooking!
It was a sunny July Saturday, so Pekka adviced everybody to look at the horizon, so that no boat would surprize us. ”Look every direction but not north”, said Pekka. After 45 minutes he had to shout the others: ”Sailing boat in the North, five minutes”.
The big sailing boat was coming from Naantali. It was a scout boat with eight young people and two teachers onboard. The crew showed them the lighthouse and offered coffee. Young people were very eager to hear the story of the lighthouse.
Just when the sailing boat left Mats drove in with eleven tourists onboard. They were a goup that had their roots in Pohjanmaa in continental Finland. They were very pleased to hear what we had done.
After the tourists left iot was time to heat the sauna. While it was warming Pera prepared the soup that he made of little bit overdated sausages and potatoes. Pekka and Johanna went to seek for the scaffoldings that the storm one took. Pekka promised to dive if he finds them, but he didn`t.
Eila went to swim and to look for small stones for the kiuas (Finnish word for the sauna heater).
Then it was time for sauna, which was really good. As was Pera´s soup. The beautiful day was nearing its end.
Eila, Jake, Johanna, Pera, Pekka S and Pekka V