Old-Time Child-Life

Old-Time Child-Life

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1881 edition. Excerpt: ... ears. He heard a clock strike twelve. Somebody blew a tin horn at the back-door. Dinner was ready. The horn made the bees drop in strings from the brim of his hat like a fringe. He heard his wife call " Peter! Peter 1" all over the house. Still, he was afraid to speak. She went into the barn, calling "Peter!" again, in a scared sort of way. He had half a mind then to answer, but the bees were getting a little uneasy. It seemed hours to the farmer before the click of his gardengate told him that somebody was coming. Just at that moment a string of bees dropped from his hat's brim, and one or two of them rose from its crown. Then the whole mass lifted, and, with a whir and a whiz, went sailing over apple-trees and orchard into a wood beyond! The bees were lost, but the farmer had gotten not so much as a sting. For a long time after this saucy boys had a way of asking him if he had a bee in his hat. Deacon Saunders's front-yard was as delightful as his garden. I shall never forget its porch, nor its terraces, full of rose-bushes, let down to the street by an easy slant of unhewn, mossgrown steps, nor yet the varied landscape beyond it. This porch, I an1 told, still stands, somewhat disguised by paint, and the mossy steps are said to have kept their integrity to this day. The garden was, however, the most changeful spot, with its successive crops of vegetables and flowers. Did you ever have an old-fashioned flowerbed in a country-garden, --a long, narrow strip of mellow earth, sown crosswise, in rows, with various kinds of seeds? You sprinkle these seeds in little furrows, a foot apart, pat a thin layer of earth over them, and wait. After a warm shower some late May morning you_find your bed full of ridges, ...show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236924266
  • 9781236924261