As I write this the snow is falling but at least we're not getting the terrible winds we've been having. Hopefuly the seas weren't too bad and the Farne Islands seal pups have managed to get through it all OK. The boat is getting it's spring clean and repaint and so is the booking office!
We've started sending out discount vouchers to B&Bs, hotels and the caravan parks as well as the Tourism Offices. It won't be long before the puffins are back and on April 18th/19th we're taking part in the "Discover Your Land" Festival.
Depending on the tides and weather there could be a sunset cruise which will be discounted as part of the festival that weeeknd so look out for the brochure!
Well it's been an amazing year and thanks to everyone for your support and help. Ailsa won an award, we had some wonderful sunset cruises with some fantastic pictures taken by our passengers such as the one below by John Hare from Belford. We also had a really great day when some of the lovely people from the Hindu Community from Newcastle came out to celebrate a festival with us. Lots of old friends came to see us over the year and we were delighted to see lovely pooches too!
If the weather's OK George will be going out to the lighthouse over the winter to inspect the batteries and carry out mainatence checks as part of his Trinity House duties so do keep an eye on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Keep warm everyone!
Monday 22nd July
The recent storms in the Farne Islands had created a lot of damage on the path between the Sunderland Hole and the Longstone Lighthouse so the Trinity House enginners came out and completely re-laid it and have done a wonderful job.
We were pleased to meet the lovely Lola who came out the Lighouse with her humans. it was her first time on a boat and she really enjoyed it! The dolphins are showing well and the pufflings are putting in an appearance with the guillemot chicks jumping daily.
Huge thanks to our wonderful customers who have been placing great reviews for us andsending us fabulous pictures. The one on the right is from Ian Woods of Alnwick Gin www.alnwickgin.co.uk so we are looking after him!
Tuesday 18th June
Well I can't believe it's a month since I sat down to write the last blog. Huge thanks to you all for your support and the great reviews. Lots of people have sent in pictures to the Facebook page and this is so appreciated. We had twenty foreign students come to vist us with Lundgren Tours and they all had a great time. Here's Rob from Lundgren with Chris and Steve before we set sail.
The Dolphins have been showing really well and all the boats have had excellent sitings. The terrible wind and rain not ony stopped us from sailing but also caused havoc on the islands with many tern and puffin chicks being lost. We've also include a picture of Oscar as he was the star of Facebook and became quite a celebrity after his visit to the lighthouse! I can't believe it was a year ago that Alexander Armstrong came to see us either. Take care now everyone.
Tuesday 14th May
Well it's been another busy week. The high winds caused huge swells making landings on the island impossible so for health and safety reasons we had to cancel the Sunset Cruise. We had some great dolphin sitings on Wednesday and another George, the lab, came out to see us! The puffins and terns have arrived back and are pairing up. Some guillemot eggs have been spotted and our swallows are back in the lighthouse. The construction works in the harbour are still going on and this can cause a bit of congestion around the booking office so do allow a bit of time for parking etc.
We had a visit from the lifeboat when they came out looking for some missing kayakers. The Discount Vouchers have arrived. Please contact us if you need any!
Take care everyone.
Sunday 5th May
The highlight this week was Oscar coming to see us with his humans but we also had a bit of a problem when the fog suddenly rolled in. The Trinity House engineers went home on Tuesday and we've been trying to get our Discount Vouchers sorted for distribution to all our B&B/Guest house/caravan site owners. Most of this week will be taken up with advertising our first Sunset Wildlife and Photography Cruise for this year which leaves at 6:45 this Friday May 10th. Full details are on the Sunset Cruises page on here.
Masibe thanks to Sarah O'Dowd, Elizabeth Batty Taylor and other people for sending us pictures we can use on here and on our Facebook page this week. Finally we had a bit of a shock when one of our passengers, John Hare, took a shot of Steve and George. It's funny to be on the other end of a lens! See you next Sunday!