I loved it the first time I saw it.
I mean, anyone can have a house but a house with its own lighthouse? Awesome.
For years, it sat there looking pretty. It was on a timer so it came on at 4:30, year around, and went off at 11. It was reliable.
And it was attractive. It was the centerpiece of many a photo, in many a weather condition.
But it was made of untreated wood and it took a beating from all that weather.
Then this happened. That didn’t help.
Eventually the electrical quit working. Pieces of rotten wood needed to be replaced.
Then this happened.
We were lighthouse-less for a while and I missed it more than I would’ve imagined.
My husband kept saying he would build us a new one.
For all his many skills, Don has never done that much building. I wondered . . .
I can’t tell you how pleased I am to have my doubts allayed, to have been wrong to doubt him in the first place.
A new lighthouse, made of pressure-treated wood has risen from the lawn in recent weeks.
There were fits and starts—I wanted it to look like the old lighthouse and the old lighthouse was an octagon shape. Octagons are hard!
But it grew and developed and came together. I helped a little and gave feedback– invaluable, I’m sure.
We went to buy the red paint and, without consulting one another, both picked the same color.
It was completely and totally wrong.
But now it’s right.
The paint is right, the shape is right, the height is right, the light is right.
The lighthouse is perfect.
I love the symbolism of a lighthouse, that it warns and protects but also signals that civilization, and people, and warmth, and safe harbor, and hope are near.
I love that we have our lighthouse back and that it was made here, at home, by loving hands.
That’s a big project!!! Congratulations on your family’s creative perseverance.
Thanks! We just assume we can pull these projects off. We’re not always right about that but sometimes we succeed!
That made me smile, Kerry.
Lovely post:) The lighthouse looks beautiful.
Thanks–it really makes me happy to see it out there shining.
I had not seen any of your posts with the lighthouse before but can understand why you enjoyed it so much. The new one, made with love for you by your husband will be even more precious to you. It IS perfect and quite beautiful. I’m sure it’s more substantial than the previous one. Ironic that you both picked the same red. You are on the same wavelength. 🙂 Men have to think about the things they are going to build for quite awhile before they do it. When they get it right there, the hands follow quickly. That’s been my experience so far. 🙂
That’s interesting about men’s building styles–I think that applies to my husband! It took him quite awhile to get started but then the whole project came along nicely.
I’ve been married twice and have a grownup son. (49). They were all that way about how they proceeded on a project. I sometimes do it myself come to think of it. Hmmmm. 🙂
Wonderful story! So glad it’s true!
I can’t believe you’re seeing up with other people’s blogs while you’re away! So dedicated!
What a lovely place you have on the water. Was that one flooding photo from Hurricane Irene?
Actually, no. It was the same year as Irene but several months earlier. This flooding was a result of a very snowy winter, with lots of snow melt, then a very rainy spring. It raised the level of Lake Champlain to historic levels and took, literally, weeks to subside. We lived in a motel for 6 weeks! But, yes, we have a lovely spot and we’re counting on the lake to behave from now on!
Lovely story! And so romantic…. Like Gatsby x
Oh, yes, that’s us, for sure! 😉 It’s good to see you!
Great story. What a beautiful view. I’m glad you rebuilt the unique beacon of hope in your own back yard.
Thanks, Joyce. I can see the lighthouse when I’m lying in bed at night–I love that.
Something to be proud of indeed!
Oh, he’s very pleased with himself, and rightly so!
Better to light one lighthouse than curse the darkness? Definitely.
You do have a way with words!
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I hope this lighthouse shines for many years for you and your family.
Oh, that’s nice, Charles–thanks! By the way, the Happy Pike is right across that bay . . . 🙂
It is pretty fabulous, we all need that symbol that is unshakable in this world and helps us find our way home.
Perfectly put, Charlie! I felt bereft when our light was extinguished–it’s really quite a relief to have it back!
AWESOME, a very proud moment indeed x
Yes, he does look proud, doesn’t he??
Quite rightly so 🙂
A beautiful job! And how nice to be able to replace something that has so much meaning.
We knew we had to replace it and talked about hiring someone to do it. But it’s so much better that my husband managed to do it himself!
Nice lighthouse, beautiful rebuild, but I didn’t know you live on the water. Oh my gosh, life is good, friend. 🙂
It’s funny, I feel like I overdo the references to our beautiful location but then you say you didn’t know about it! We live on Lake Champlain, which forms the border between upstate New York and Vermont. Life is good, indeed!
I LOVE your new lighthouse!! Don is so clever and you have such a perfect symbol for the front of your home. Do you remember my ‘Beacon of Hope’ painting from ages ago? She hangs at the foot of my bed and I look at her every night and every morning. There is something so special about light houses, what ever form they take 🙂 Here’s a link to the work in progress because I don’t expect you to remember 🙂 https://paulinekingblog.wordpress.com/2015/01/12/happily-painting/
You do understand! I had, sorry to admit, forgotten about that painting of yours so thank you for the link. It’s perfect and gives you your own special lighthouse! I can see my lighthouse from my bed, too–was just admiring its light last night. It’s a good reminder to be hopeful and to persevere.
I didn’t expect you to remember Kerry 🙂 It’s wonderful that you can lie in bed and see your lighthouse twinkling – I’m just the teeniest bit green …….
Wow! Impressive! Your DH did a very good job with a difficult design. Gracious – hexagons can be difficult to piece, much less do a 3D version…;-D
Yes, it was the shape that made it really a pain. He fussed and fussed to get that right. I’m sure there were easier ways but he managed to get it, finally, and then the rest came together. Too bad he has nothing else octagonal that needs to be built, now that he’s figured it out!
Perhaps he could start a business making lighthouses for other yards… ;-D
The lighthouse is perfect! I think I like it best in the snow … you know how I dislike winter but that light reflecting the snow must be gorgeous.
You know, you’re right–it’s extra special in the winter. The red trim just stands out against the snow and that light, on a snowy night, is magical.
What a heartwarming story to start my day. Thank you. As well as loving how you and your husband built the new one, I loved what your lighthouse symbolises for you. We all need a guiding light to bring us back to the safe harbour and civilisation. May your beacon shine for ever!
Thank you, Anne! I really like how ever-present the lighthouse is–there was a big gap in the landscape when it was gone! Now that it’s back, all seems right with the world.
I’m so glad a lighthouse is once again up and shining! Love all your lighthouse photos. Hubby and you did a great job.
He really did it all–I would just wander by and say, “make sure it looks like the old one.” Oh, and I printed a protractor off from on-line, so he could get the angles!
Well done manly hands! It’s every bit as magnificent/important as the lighthouse( that was) at Alexandria. 😉
Yes, indeed! Alexandria has nothing on us! Don did do such a good job–he’s looking around for something else to build . . .
Well, I won’t suggest a pyramid but would a little free library be useful? With Don’s skills the library may rival the Great Library of Alexandria, if not in scale, at least in its ability to spread knowledge. 🙂
It’s fabulous – I love it!!
Thanks, Joy! It’s easy to love!
Great job, Don! I love all of your old photos of the lighthouse and getting to see the new one come together!
When I went looking for photos, I was surprised at how many I had! The lighthouse makes such a nice focal point.
Wow Kerry ! A lighthouse for a house… I love that idea because the idea by itself is so creative! And you’re lucky your creative husband made another for you😊 love the colours too:)
I am lucky to have a husband who is so willing to just jump in and start a project!
A job well done! I imagine it looks special in the winter with a bit of snow 🙂
It does look great in the winter, with that light shining through a snow flurry!
What a wonderful story! Big high five to your husband 🙂 “Man must behave like a lighthouse; he must shine day and night for the goodness of everyman.” ― Mehmet Murat ildan
That’s the perfect quote–leave it to you to come up with it!
I’m pleased you are please! 🙂
Thanks, Sheryl–I smile when I look at it!
I love light houses too and always enjoy seeing one like this. What a project! Had I been there, undoubtedly there would have been swearing before things came together. It looks perfect and I’m wondering if her used the old one to make a pattern? Great building, that’s for sure… Congrats to Don!!
Trust me, there was swearing . . . He did use parts of the old one as a pattern but it was pretty wonky, not to mention that parts had rotted. He definitely made an effort to have it look the same–that was a priority for me.
It looks like a fabulous success. It’s always satisfying when something turns out so well.
Congrats Don! What a wonderful piece of your home, and now restored to its original glory.
Yes, and now that I see what a good builder he can be, I’m looking around for more projects! 😉
Your husband must be justly proud to have built such a wonderful lighthouse and so much like the old one! I love lighthouses too and try to visit our local full-size one as often as possible.
Oh, he was plenty proud of himself–and rightly so! It was important to me that it look like the old one and he was a very good sport about that.
What a hero! 🙂
I’m impressed! Don did a fabulous job. I must say I’m impressed with the staying power of the first one: rain, wind, snow and ultimately flood. But it served it’s time, and now you have a new and improved spectacular…lighthouse. Wow. I mean…wow! Your own working lighthouse on a lake front property. What a lovely home. Love those hands at home, both of you.
You’re so supportive, Alys! Yes, the first lighthouse did its job through thick and thin–that made it even more important to replicate it and honor it. We love where we live . . .
A very touching post. The lighthouse has new meaning because the two of you added your own personal touches to such a wonderful history continuing the symbolism of the lighthouse.
Thanks, Mary Lou–we’re a sentimental pair, so things like the lighthouse mean a lot to us!
It’s a wonderful beacon of home, and now the special handcrafted with love version will be even more satisfying to look at through the changing seasons.
My husband affixed a small flag from our university (Penn State) to the top of the lighthouse yesterday–it just keeps getting more “us”!
I love Your lighthouse photos. My favorite among them are photos in twilight, so beautiful and full of feeling.
We have had many especially beautiful evenings this summer. I love that time of day, too!
Yard art! How much water did the lake (?) take on to inundate the base of the lighthouse? A few miles from us, someone put up a lighthouse and lined the edge of their property with pilings and nautical rope (about 4″ thick). Sure, they can love the ocean, but we are about a five hour drive from the nearest craggy rock that needs a lighthouse. Lighthouses need a water source.
The lake (Champlain) is the border between upstate New York and Vermont. It’s 120 miles long–a BIG lake–and was at a historic high of 103.2 feet when the lighthouse (and parts of our house) flooded in 2011. And, right now, the lake is at an almost historic low–something right in the middle would be nice . . .
Wow!!! He did such a fantastic job on the replacement! I’ve always loved lighthouses but I don’t get to see them regularly since we’re about an hour in from the coast. It really is beautiful and I hope you have years and years of happy memories with the new one.
He did do a great job and it’s great to look out in the evening and see the light again! Thanks!
Oh how wonderful!!
Lighthouses have always been a favorite of mine. Is there anyone who doesn’t love a lighthouse?
The fact that you had one, and then had it rebuilt after the weather had it’s way, is even better.
You must be thrilled!
and you live on a river, too? How often have you been flooded ?
We are thrilled, indeed! It’s not a river–it’s Lake Champlain, between upstate New York and Vermont. It never floods . . . except that one time, 3 weeks after we moved here. It took 6 weeks for the water to recede, while we lived in an icky motel . . .
Oh I didn’t know you lived on Lake Champlain! It’s been years since I’ve been there (at least 30 yrs). What a beautiful part if the country. So glad you’ve had no more flooding although the one you lived through sounds bad enough!
You guys are so creative! Must be nice to have your very own lighthouse 🙂
The lighthouse is beautiful! A nice addition to your yard overlooking the lake. It has been many, many years since I have seen Lake Champlain.
Lake Champlain is still beautiful, although the water level is VERY low this year! Low enough that we’re actually hoping for a very snowy winter . . .
Oh my this is so beautiful!!! Yes your house needs a light house and Don is an artist!!
Don was pretty darn pleased with himself over this lighthouse! And rightly so–it looks amazing!