Introduction – Keswick Island
Chapter 1 – Beware Dutch Men in Big Hats
Chapter 2 – Flight of Fancy
Chapter 3 – The Arrival
Chapter 4 – Feast & Famine
Chapter 5 – Clams, Tides and Bare Hands
Chapter 6 – Drifting & Drowning
Chapter 8 – Shark Bait
I am recounting a holiday I had with my family to an uninhabited island when I was 10, please go to the links above for the Intro, Chapters 1 to 6, if you’d like to know more and catch the thread of the story.
….woke up to some commotion this beautiful morning, to hear mum and dad murmering in the kitchen of the tin hut….making my way out of bed I could hear Dad’s distress….
He was asking Mum some weird questions, like….
Sal, can you see anything? and Is it still dark Sal? and What time is it?…something was terribly wrong…I could sense it…
Our lives just seemed to be one big drama, who needs ‘Days of Our Lives’ when we have our own drama playing out right here eh!
Mum asks Dad why he’s asking all these questions, and I can hear him choking up, he says ……
I can’t see a thing love, I can’t see anything….
It took us a a few minutes to digest that Dad had gone blind…oh no, our hunter gatherer guy, no longer able to hunt and gather…..but worse than that, our isolation makes it near impossible to get outside help. This was more terrifying for me than the ‘Drifting and Drowning’ episode.
Over the next three days, Dad continued to be blind, unable to see anything at all…
On the fourth day, the fog in his eyes began to clear, and we had explored many theories about why it happened.
Dad is absolutely mad about plants and wildlife, as you’ve guessed already…the day before he went blind, he had been exploring the bush along the shoreline of Keswick near the hut, and he was taking bits and pieces, cuttings if you like and bringing them back to the hut for further examination and scrutiny….
We understand that one of the plants he was examining had oozed a white milky caustic fluid, which he got on his hands and we think he later rubbed into his eyes, possibly during the night while sleeping……resulting in a temporary period of blindness over three days….!!!!
On the fourth day Dad began to see again, the fog began to lift from his eyes, what a relief! I don’t think I’ve ever been so scared in all my life!!
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