Rambles among the Channel islands, by a naturalist

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Page 33 - ... of the bishop already mentioned. No weapon should be brought on shore, and, in return for the permission, a present would be made of such commodities as they had on board ; their only object was that the bones of their departed friend might be committed, not to the mercy of the waves, but to a peaceful rest in the holy chapel. Accessible through their religious feelings to this demand, the Sarkese were nevertheless somewhat suspicious ; but the seamen acted their parts with so much simple earnestness,...
Page 11 - The ground whereon you are going to lay this man is mine ; and I affirm that none may in justice bury their dead in ground which belongs to another. If, after he is gone, force and violence are still used to detain my right from me, I APPEAL TO ROLLO, the founder and father of our nation, who, though dead, lives in his laws. I take refuge in those laws, owning no authority above them.
Page 301 - that in summer she must submit to be staked to the ground, but five or six times in the day her station is shifted. In winter she is warmly housed by night, and fed with the precious parsnep; when she calves, she is regaled with toast, and with the nectar of the island, cider — to which powdered ginger is added.
Page 280 - Each flower when in its prime, looks like a fine gold tissue wrought on a rose-coloured ground ; but when it begins to fade and decay, looks more like a silver tissue on what they call a pink colour. When we look upon the flower in full sunshine, each leaf appears to be studded with thousands of little diamonds, sparkling and glittering with a most surprising, agreeable lustre; but if we view the same by candle-light, these numerous specks or spangles look more like fine gold-dust.
Page 271 - ... is either used for fuel, or is sold to those who want it. At almost all times, men, women, and children — but chiefly the two latter — are to be seen at this employment, gathering, or spreading the weed out to dry : they use a rake, or three-pronged pitchfork, and a wheelbarrow, in which it is carried above high-water mark to be dried. This is the universal fuel of the country, and it makes a hot, if not a cheerful fire. Coal is scarcely at all used, and only a very small quantity of wood...
Page 33 - would be allowed to be brought on shore — a condition which obtained the readiest assent from the men, who returned to the ship, concealing their exultation, until beyond the reach of detection, at the partial success of their adventure. On shipboard that night a goodly-sized coffin, which, in anticipation of the mournful event, had been prepared, was filled, not with the cold remains of their comrade — an individual of fictitious origin altogether — but with a large number of swords, targets...
Page 10 - Caen, where he intended to lie after his decease, the Conqueror had caused several houses to be pulled down for enlarging the area, and amongst them one whose owner had received no satisfaction for his loss. The son of that person...
Page 32 - ... defence in the event of any attack upon the island. Nothing, however, appeared to be farther from the minds of the occupants of the ship. A white flag waved from her top, and every demonstration of a pacific nature was exhibited. But the Sarkese were not without the strongest...
Page 311 - The' equability of autumn, and its duration, constitute peculiar features in the climate of Guernsey ; for, notwithstanding the light north-east breezes of September, the storms and heavy rains of October or November, this season is often remarkably fine and genial, extending even to the middle of December, and abridging most agreeably the duration of winter. So frequent is the occurrence of this second summer, that it is proverbially called by the peasantry, " Le petit e"t6 de Saint Martin," in...
Page 2 - ... lie in the Atlantic or Indian oceans, than respecting Jersey or Guernsey. And this is the more extraordinary, when we consider, that there are certain points of interest attached to the Channel Islands, peculiarly their own ; and which essentially distinguish them from the other colonies and dependencies of Great Britnin.

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