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Captain Winston Burleigh, a retired naval officer, had
always wanted to live by the sea. His
home was inland and when he retired, he really missed the sound of the waves,
the smell of the fresh salty air and the wonderful sight of the sun setting on
During his many years out at sea, he would sometimes pass
the lighthouse and had always admired its colourful stripes. When the
lighthouse became decommissioned and was put up for sale, he made sure he was
the first to view it. He put in an offer the same day, which was promptly
accepted and he couldn’t wait to get started on the refurbishment.
He thoroughly enjoys each and every day living there with
his dog Scamp and the pretty white cat, who showed up at the door one day and
made the lighthouse her home. Winston and Scamp bonded with her instantly and called
I started with the lighthouse then built the cliff
afterwards. The dark turquoise colour is a favourite of mine and when I saw the
curved bricks, I decided that was the colour for the lighthouse. It was a
fairly straightforward build and I really enjoyed designing the interiors. It
was a bit challenging to fit everything in to such small and awkward spaces,
but I think I’ve managed to get most things in. The sea had to be a dark blue
because standard blue and medium azure clashed with the turquoise.
I wanted to hinge the back so that it could be opened whilst
sat in position, but the hinge plate would have ruined the curved shape, so I
decided just have the back as a separate part and to lift the whole lighthouse
off the base so it can be viewed properly.
A crab and a seagull finish the build off perfectly.
It’s a fact… I love lighthouses! Every time I visit a
seaside town and when I’m on holiday, I’m always on the lookout for lighthouse
ornaments and I have quite a few in my possession. I own most of the official
Lego lighthouse sets and they’re all great, but I wanted to design one that was
simple and without a theme attached (such as haunted or an ice cream shop!). It
also had to sit high on the rocks to really show it in its natural setting.
I personally couldn’t live in a lighthouse… too many
I hope you’ve enjoyed viewing the project, and if so, please
vote for it to become an official set.