Thursday, June 16, 2011

Christmas in June

My passion for lighthouses can be found on various shelves and on walls around my house. When my grandchildren visit, they like to collect the little figurines and look at them. They are fascinated by the notion of someone walking up the steps into the structure and climbing to the top. 

This little Christmas decoration caught my eye years ago and was added to my collection. When I put it on display this past season, I haven't been able to put it away. When the grandchildren come to visit, they expect it to be on the window seat so they can plug it into the wall plug and turn on its interior lights. 

My grandson likes to take his dish of goldfish crackers to the window seat and look at the lighthouse. He walks his tiny fingers up the front steps and pretends to walk inside the lighthouse and up to the top. His pretend activities make me wonder what he is thinking and how he imagines himself inside the lighthouse.

Since both of my grandchildren are fascinated with climbing up and down a spiral staircase that we have in a back room in our house, I think they have imagined that it is how one would climb to the top of a lighthouse. When they play with the figurine, they will then go to the spiral steps and climb up and down. I wonder if they imagine how it would look from inside the lighthouse.


The latest lighthouse we visited was in Cape May, New Jersey. This beauty looked so serene and 217 steps later, I considered it a monster. 

The view was worth the climb. This is the southern point of New Jersey. The Cape May-Lewes Ferry is a local attraction that takes people and vehicles across the Delaware Bay to Lewes, Delaware in either direction or round trip if you have the time. They will even host your wedding if you're so inclined. Birthday parties also are possible.


  1. What a beautiful lighthouse! And you're right, the view was worth the climb, especially since I wasn't the one doing the climbing! :-)

  2. Gorgeous! And I'm glad it was you doing the climbing instead of me. You know, I've never actually been in a lighthouse. I need to add that to my list of things to do...

  3. Beautiful! I love lighthouses too and I really need to visit Cape May since my Mom lives nearby. Thanks for sharing!

  4. My mother-in-law collected lighthouses. She also liked to visit them, and so she wanted to see all of the ones here in Oregon. One of them was socked in by clouds, so, not being able to see more than a few feet of its height, she didn't feel that she could count it, and therefore insisted on being taken back the next day. What the hell, it was only a three hour drive each way.

  5. Climbing looks pretty tough. Thanks for sharing the great photos. How could someone not like lighthouses.