Monday #422

Well, it’s May now. This time last year we were a couple of months into a lockdown that we didn’t realise would last as long as it has, but at least now it looks like we are on the way out again.

April round up


Cunningham and Petrov: The Mystery of the Missing Children chapter 5

I’ve already used Demon’s Rocks as the location of the week in the past but this week I’m going to have the Demon’s Rocks lighthouse specifically – that’s not cheating at all.

The lighthouse is owned by Professor Hayling, bought for him to do his scientific experiments in in peace (he didn’t bargain for the noise of the seagulls though). It was available to buy as it was no longer in use as a lighthouse due to a bigger one being built in a better spot just along the coast. The lamp at the top of a tight spiral staircase is an old oil one, and an 1896 bell used to hang on the verandah, struck by a hammer mechanism.

What’s more is that the builders of the lighthouse used a natural shaft for its foundations, and that shaft just happened to be the entrance to the undersea tunnels.

Below – a crazy golf lighthouse I saw recently and immediately thought of Demon’s Rocks.

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5 Responses to Monday #422

  1. Dale Vincero, Brisbane Australia says:

    You talked about the undersea tunnels. Well, the FF always find a tunnel somewhere, somehow. The only book not featuring a tunnel is Five On A Hike Together. But even there, they accommodate themselves in a cellar at the lake location, so i suppose that sort of qualifies as a tunnel. It’s below the ground anyway.
    OK, I have forgotten about one of the last two books which EB wrote in the FF series. The one where some professor’s paper get stolen by a gorilla or something. No tunnel there. Can’t remember much about that book, it is so silly. Only ever read it once, disgusted with it. In my opinion, I don’t regard it as part of the FF series. Should never never have been published. Maybe getting old and grumpy at age 74.
    Thanks Fiona.


    • Fiona says:

      If you’re counting cellars, dungeons, caves and train tunnels then Five Get into Trouble, Five Are Together Again are the only books they don’t go underground in – though Trouble has that little hidden room at Owl’s Dene.


  2. Dale Vincero, Brisbane Australia says:

    You’re right Fiona. I had forgotten about Five get Into Trouble. It does not have a tunnel, it is true. Though there is the entrance into the home via the coal cellar. Maybe that sort of qualifies as a low key tunnel.


    • Fiona says:

      I think you’re thinking of Five Have Plenty of Fun – where Jo has to list the cover to the coal cellar so the boys can get into the house where George is being held. In Trouble they climb in at a window.


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