Old Cape Jaffa Lighthouse - While we were in Kingston we discovered the old Cape Jaffa Lighthouse was open to the public. As I am rather taken with lighthouses, we decided to climb the steep stairs, and go inside. Bucko was as happy as me to be able to actually see inside a Lighthouse; even though it is no longer in use, and it is on land. The lighthouse was built between the years of 1868 – 1872, and used to sit out on a platform on the Margaret Brock Reef, (the reef was named after a sailing ship), 15kms out to sea and was relocated to land during 1975-76. The following italic component of this posting, is an excerpt from Lighthouses of Australia website: http://www.lighthouse.net.au/lights/SA/Cape%20Jaffa/Cape%20Jaffa.htm “This type of lighthouse is known as "Wells Screw Pile" and was selected for this location because the narrow wrought iron piles offered the most resistance to the heavy seas that break across the reef. All the parts for this lighthouse were manufactured and pre-assembled, in England then dismantled and shipped to Australia. Extreme difficulties were encountered during its construction which took 3 years instead of the proposed 1 year. Apparently when the site was first chosen the sea and weather was unusually calm. When it came time to construct the lighthouse seas were wild and the weather rough. Early construction was washed away and sometimes the contractors could not go out for days.” The website has photos of the Lighthouse when it was in situ as well as the Gannet Rookery. All the photographs listed in the album were taken by myself.
The Cape Jaffa Lighthouse platform now has an automatic beacon sitting where the lighthouse used to be and is also a wonderful home to a colony of Gannets; all the side rails and ladders have been removed so that folk are not tempted to climb onto the platform.
The town of Robe is now home to a new and boring contemporary lighthouse, with a feeling no where near as romantic as the old Cape Jaffa Lighthouse.
Craft Work - Now, for the Crafty women in my life.and I mean that in the nicest possible way. I found a Patchwork Shop, and yes, I did buy some material and batting! When I was in New Zealand last, I bought a piece of material to make myself a small quilt, to keep me occupied during our travels. I am taking the easy way out, and using the whole piece of material, I will add the batting and backing, and will then quilt in between the faux patches. The pattern on the material is representative of the many types of weaving found in Maori Meeting Houses. Bucko has a good eye for colours, and chose the backing and border material.