Leaves from the Journal of Our Life in the Highlands, from 1848 to 1861: To which are Prefixed and Added Extracts from the Same Journal Giving an Account of Earlier Visits to Scotland, and Tours in England and Ireland, and Yachting Excursions

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Harper & Brothers, 1868 - Great Britain - 287 pages
A young boy keeps a diary recording the physical characteristics and habits of the reptiles he catches during a spring and summer.

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Page 104 - O Caledonia ! stern and wild, meet nurse for a poetic child, • land of brown heath and shaggy wood, land of the mountain and the flood, land of my sires!
Page 89 - Outside stood the Marquis of Lorn, just two years old, a dear, white, fat, fair little fellow with reddish hair, but very delicate features, like both his father and mother : he is such a merry, independent little child. He had a black velvet dress and jacket, with a " sporran,
Page 151 - Every year my heart becomes more fixed in this dear paradise, and so much more so now, that all has become my dearest Albert's own creation, own work, own building, own laying out, as at Osborne, and his great taste, and the impress of his dear hand, have been stamped everywhere.
Page 155 - After talking some time with her, she said, "I am happy to see ye looking so nice." She had tears in her eyes, and speaking of Vicky's going, said, "I'm very sorry, and I think she is sorry hersel';" and, having said she feared she would not see her (the Princess) again, said: "I am very sorry I said that, but I meant no harm; I always say just what I think, not what is fut
Page 144 - We went to kirk, as usual, at twelve o'clock. The service was performed by the Rev. Norman MacLeod, of Glasgow, son of Dr. MacLeod, and anything finer I never heard. The sermon, entirely extempore, was quite admirable ; so simple, and yet so eloquent, and so beautifully argued and put.
Page 154 - Symons's (daughter-in-law to the old widow living next door), who had an " unwell boy " ; then across a little burn to another old woman's ; and afterward peeped into Blair the fiddler's. We drove back, and got out again to visit old Mrs. Grant (Grant's mother), who is so tidy and clean, and to whom I gave a dress and handkerchief, and she said, "You're too kind to me, ye give me more every year, and I get older every year.
Page 153 - Albert went out with Alfred for the day, and I walked out with the two girls and Lady Churchill ; stopped at the shop and made some purchases for poor people and others ; drove a little way, got out and walked up the hill to Bdbiacroft, Mrs. P. Farquharson's, and she walked round with us to some of the cottages to show me where the poor people lived, and to tell them who I was.
Page 149 - He had already spoken to us, on the 20th, of his wishes ; but we were uncertain, on account of her extreme youth, whether he should speak to her himself, or wait till he came back again. However, we felt it was better he should do so, and during our ride up Craig-na-Ban this afternoon, he picked a piece of white heather (the emblem of " good luck ") which he gave to her ; and this enabled him to make an allusion to his hopes and wishes as they rode down Glen Girnoch, which led to this happy conclusion.

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