The Lime Kiln and nearby wetlands

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Ian woke up this morning with a cold, poor thing. We always seem to get colds when we go on holidays and I reckon the germs come from air circulating in the aeroplanes.

We were sitting eating our cereal and toast when I gazed out through the sliding door of our cottage to see a large rat scuttling by. I guess these critters are common here but it was the first one I had seen. We cleared up our breakfast things. Ian began shaving and I started my back exercises when the house maid arrived. I quickly told her we weren't quite ready to leave but it made no difference to her - she was coming in regardless. It certainly wasn't late so we felt she could have cleaned another room and given us 10 minutes in which to clear out but, no, she was on a mission to get our room cleaned and was not going to be distracted. She buzzed around Ian whilst he continued to shave. It was all rather awkward. My back exercises never got completed.

Heading back to Kingston (again)

Our first stop this morning was the ruins of the old Civil Hospital. It was built on higher ground than the rest of Kingston with steps leading to the main entrance. We had missed looking through this building on earlier drives around Kingston. Perhaps we were meant to miss the building totally. When we got home I realized I had no photos of the building, not even of the front of it. I must have been so carried away reading about the place that I failed to take photos.

What a pity. The signage at the front of the building listed the numbers of deaths from each complaint or disease. It was incredibly interesting and very saddening. 70 people died from Felsis. We wondered what on earth Felsis was. Dysentery was the next biggest killer. Arthur Evans had told us some horrendous things about this hospital when we were on his tour.

Added later: I still don't know what Felsis means. I can't find it on a Google search. If anyone knows could they please tell me via the contact details on this website.


We drove further along the water front and stopped near the Lime Kiln. Apparently lime was produced here as early as the 1790's.

Lime kiln norfolk Island Looking down the lime kiln
Wetland area near Slaughter Bay Beautiful wetland area









Layers of rock at steep angle Look at the angle of the rock layers
Norfolk Island Pine tree grwoing from rock Norfolk Island Pine Tree growing out of rock










Time to hop back in the car and get moving. This is our last whole day on the island.


Next page: Salt House and Emily Bay




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