This morning began same way as yesterday. Sunshine, clear sky, but the waves were bigger than yesterday. Moderate wind was blowing about from south and was cooling nicely our slowly but surely reddishing skins.
Today we decided to continue plastering of the lighthouse outer walls. The groups before us had plastered the most of it but there is still much to do. And we aren´t the only ones that need to plaster our home. Few pairs of house martins are nesting under the eaves of the generator room. We wondered where they get the mud on this bare rock that is suitable for plastering. Obviously somewhere because one nest is ready and two, three nests are badly unfinished.
But this morning Tuija noticed where their mud pond was. Some dirt and some cement dust just on the edge of one little puddle. Tuija decided to help the little bricklayers and made more dirt to them. House martins were happy and seemed to like the new mud portion. At least the most unfinished nest´s walls started to raise up quickly.
Although the island is really rough, bare and remote it´s amazing how many birds we have seen here: terns (nesting here), seagulls, house martins (nesting here), swifts (come and go, obviously from Sweden), two wagtails and their grown up kids (nesting here, nest found), dunlins (moving to south already), black guillemots, common eiders (seemed to be a family gathering, adults and younglings) and one butterfly. (Ok, not a bird. But it flies.)
Ari plastered the first part and Tuija was keeping the board up against the wall so Ari could check the level. Ladies continued plastering in the afternoon and now the walls are little bit prettier than before.
We got our first tourists before noon. Two elderly couples, one from Grisslehamn and the other from London. The english couple haven´t been here before and everything was so exciting to them. The second boat came just after the first visitors left. A family, two adults and three children, from Ahvenanmaa came to swim and picknick and they didn´t want any tours. But later they changed their mind and Tuija took them in the lighthouse.
We are waiting one more tourist group here. They are coming quite late, about seven pm. Johanna and Sirpa share the guide job.
Ari is making some pancake in the oven and for the late supper there´s some grillfood. So I think we live to the next morning... If we have time for the sauna and during sunset enjoy some refreshments the day will be absolutely perfect.