Recollections of the Peninsula by Moyle ShererRecollections of the Peninsula by Moyle Sherer

Recollections of the Peninsula

byMoyle Sherer

Paperback | February 6, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1825. Excerpt: ... of the. water-melon, supply his breakfast: a plain dish of vegetables, generally a sort of bean, boiled with the smallest morsel of bacon to flavour it, forms the dinner; and their drink is water, or the weak common wine of the country. They invariably, whether in their houses or in the fields, take their siesta after dinner, and proceed again to labour in the cool of the evening. In the front of their cottages you may almost always see low benches of stone: on these, after supper, they seat themselves to smoke their segars; and here, surrounded by their families, they frequently remain till a late hour, enjoying the refreshing air of night, and all the luxury of that calm and lovely season, so grateful and reviving in their warm climate. How often have I stood apart and gazed on these happy groups, how often have I listened to their pleasing ditties, the pauses and cadences of which they mark so feelingly, yet so simply, with the light guitar! Oftentimes too, when the moon shines brightly, their youth will meet together, and by that soft light, dance to the cheerful sound of the merry castanets, the rude but sprightly fandango, or the more graceful bolero of their country. What is there to despise or ridicule in a life like this? Yet I have often met among my countrymen, with those who would laugh with contempt at the innocent, and not irrational, amusements of this contented peasantry. Some of their customs in husbandry are very ancient, among others, the treading out of their corn with cattle, instead of threshing it. This is all done in the open air, where the grain is afterwards spread to dry and harden; oxen or mares are used for this purpose, and you may see five or six at a time trotting round in a circle, upon the out-spread wheat in straw. This ...
Title:Recollections of the PeninsulaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:66 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.14 inPublished:February 6, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217038646

ISBN - 13:9780217038645