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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. 1911 edition. Excerpt: ...only. It is a good thing to have a well with dripping buckets, a porch with honey-buds, and sweetbells, a hive embroidered with nimble bees, a sundial mossed over, ivy up to the eaves, curtains of dimity, a tumbler of fresh flowers in your bedroom, a rooster on the roof, and a dog under the piazza. When Mrs, Sparrowgrass and I moved into the country, with our heads full of fresh butter, and of cool, crisp radishes for tea; with ideas entirely lucid respecting milk, and a looseness of calculation as to the number in family it would take a good laying hen to supply with fresh eggs every morning; when Mrs. Sparrowgrass and I moved into the country, we found some preconceived notions had to be abandoned, and some departures made from the planS we had laid down in the little back parlor in Avenue G. One of the first achievements in the country is early rising! with the lark, --with the sun, --while the dew is on the grass, "under the opening eyelids of the morn," and so forth. Early rising! What can be done with five or six o'clock in town? What may not be done at those hours in the country? With the hoe, the rake, the dibble, the spade, the watering pot? To plant, prune, drill, transplant, graft, train, and sprinkle! Mrs. S. and I agreed to rise early in the country. 1 From " The Sparrowgrass Papers." Richard and Robin were two pretty men, They laid in the bed till the clock struck ten: Up jumped Richard and looked at the sky; O Brother Robin! the sun's very high! Early rising in the country is not an instinct; it is a sentiment, and must be cultivated. A friend recommended me to send to the south side of Long Island for some very prolific potatoes--the real hippopotamus breed. Down went my man, and what, with expenses of...
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  • Paperback | 116 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 222g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236863895
  • 9781236863898