But don't get me wrong. It was an amazing experience and something I will always remember. Things I loved...
The view from the top. Especially the sunsets.
The lantern room itself. The glass floor. The old lantern with a candle inside. Watching seagulls soaring past at eye level.
All the quirky nautical paraphernalia lying about the place. The ships bell. The captains hat and jacket. The diving helmet. The flying seagull in the kitchen (ok thats not nautical but it is quirky). The carved mermaid in the bathroom.
So moving on to the hints and tips for the would be lighthouse keeper:
- Remember to buy upstairs and downstairs wine for the upstairs and downstairs fridges. That way however tired you are life will always seem bearable.
- Keep a pen on each floor. Nothing more irritating than climbing 100 steps to find a pen.
- Keep some energy drink and sugar snacks half way up the stairs for when the glucose levels dip.
- Cancel gym membership immediately as all exercise will be taken in your own home and for free.
- Learn to abseil so that you can paint the outside of your own house. Lets face it the local painters and decorators are not going to do it.
- How ever tired always climb the stairs last thing at night to check out the view and remember how lucky you are.
- Only look down from the balcony at the top if you are very very brave.
And if you can't be a lighthouse keeper, or indeed marry one, then the next best option is to have a holiday in one. I whole heartedly recommend it.