Returning from a month on Skoholm and having survived I now want to tell you all the tale.
Five of us arrived on the 1st of March to open up the Island and to begin prepare for the work parties due on the 14th.
Richard and Giselle seemed to like their new home and took to island life like ducks to water. Their experience of living on Bardsey a great help to their rapid adaptation to Skokholm. The first few days were springlike and sunny. Then the cold set in. The weather during this month has certainly been a challenge and we had to keep busy to keep warm. On the positive side we ate huge amounts of good food without the usual consequences of weight gain.
Much work was done as you can see from the pictures below. The challenge of the weather and the intense cold have made this month of work parties particularly memorable. Yet despite the difficult conditions much was achieved and everyone retained their humour and good spirits.
A big thank you to all of you who helped and contributed to this work, all the best to the remaining two weeks of work parties still working away on Skokholm.
|the cold weather was a real challenge the amount of clothes we had|
to wear just to keep warm was unbelievable. I fell in love with my
hot water-bottle and never took my coat off
|Work on the light house has progressed and now there |
is electricity throughout put in single handed by
our very special electrician Henry Lloyd
|Richard and Giselle really love the lighthouse their|
home for many years to come we hope.
|Henry at work on the electrics|
|the work parties arrived on the 14th March and with them|
Chris Ward and his merry men, to complete the work on
the jetty started last year.
|the jetty work started off well but ran into difficulties|
due to gale force winds combined with high tides. Hopefully
this work will be completed in the next few weeks.
|the workparties started the work of plumbing in the sinks in|
all the rooms. A work that entailed a great deal of making
holes in very thick walls.
|work on the lighthouse progressed well and the "lab" now|
has a suspended ceiling.
|the boiler and electrics have a cupboard and the|
lab is beginning to look like it should.
Upstairs in the lighthouse Giselle and Richard's quarters are looking inviting and are almost
ready for them to move into.
|Giselle is very excited about having a hoover|
here she is practicing on the lawn