We head down To Kingston and the cemetery

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Mid afternoon we dragged ourselves off the front verandah and into the car. We wanted to take a look around Kingston. There was a smidgen of sunshine but it didn't last long.

We headed in a southerly direction. Even though it was a grey day the scenery was outstanding . We really didn't get very far because we felt we had to keep stopping to taking photos.

I really loved the "road cows" that stand around chomping anywhere that is grassy. They were incredibly tame. From what we have learned so far anyone can own a "road cow" providing they pay a fee of something like $120 per annum. These cows do a magnificent job keeping the grassy verges tidy. If the cows weren't there it would take a lot of man power and machinery to keep the verges mown.

Not only do cows wander freely but chickens, ducks and geese do too. Again they are friendly and come up very close to cars. We took a heap of photos at Water Mill Valley which was home to a lot of these free spirits.

Chickens, ducks and geese roam freely The free spirited bird life
Cows can roam where-ever they want Cows have right of way on the island

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The animals are so tame The cow is not at all bothered by Ian
Ruins at Watermill Valley Ruins at Water Mill Valley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another building that caught our eyes Another old building

We drove along narrow winding roads that badly need fixing. Sadly there is very little gravel left on the island with which to fix the roads.

In Kingston we drove past several historical buildings but didn't stop. We need to see those on another day when we have more time.

We pulled in at a parking area next to the old cemetery. It would have been possible to spend several hours in this cemetery especially if you had a tour guide with you, which we didn't. We had to be satisfied reading all the words on the tomb stones.

It was a sad and sobering experience to wander in and out of the graves. The words on some of the tomb stones made you stop in your tracks. They were harrowing.

coloured leaves on shrub at cemetery Beautiful shrub at cemetery
Old tombstones were interesting to read The words on the tomb stones were so interesting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ian looking at some of the older tombs Ian at the oldest part of the cemetery
Slanting trees caused by prevailing winds The trees grow at an angle due to strong winds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So many people died very young as was common back in the olden days. We read on the head stones of many young men who had died from drowning whether from swimming in Emily Bay, from fishing accidents or whilst working on the boats. Many people had died from typhoid or accidental shootings. Some had been executed. Many graves had the already familiar surnames of Quintal, Christian, Adams, Buffett and more that are so entrenched in the history of the island.

Some of the words on the head stones wouldn't fit within the width of the head stone so the word was finished off on the line below or the missing letters were written in just above the word.

In hindsight both Ian and I would have liked to have been on a paid tour of the cemetery. We would have learned such a lot had a guide been with us.

It was late in the afternoon and the sky was most ominous. We decided to head back to our accommodation at Governor's Lodge.

 

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